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Day Five – Chosen

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Ephesians 1:3-14  (MSG)

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people-free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free-signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

Reflection

We are “…signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.” There are no returns, no refunds, no take-backs, no voids, no counterfeits, and no loopholes.  We have an awesome guarantee that God has chosen us and saved our lives through Jesus Christ.  We are now living in the glorious life that He has planned for us.

Salvation all started at the moment where God elected Himself to reveal Himself to us and gave us this salvation through Christ.  God saw us; it is not that we saw Him.  It was His loving plan and purpose to save us - because of Who He is, because of His love, by His blood, by His choosing, in accordance with His pleasure and will.

Responding to the Word

Today let us write a “Love Letter” to God. Let our hearts be led by the Spirit to be open to write with deep gratitude the many ways God has been good to us.  For example:

Thank you that you are my Father in heaven and that You watch over me like you watched over Jesus. You are God of the universe and You promise to go before me, to be with me wherever You lead me. You will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Thank you Father that You did not give me a spirit of fear but the Holy Spirit and His power, His love, and a life led by the Spirit and discipled or trained up in You (2 Timothy 1:7). Any time I need You, I know that I can just ask and You will grant me your Presence, the Holy Spirit right there with me.

Thank you that once again I can hear from You, in words and hope similar to what you imparted to Joshua of old, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).  Father, in this courage and strength I will trust in You.  I will live for your glory today, living in the love, truth and power that you have given me.

Continue in prayer with your own words and gratitude to God, the One who had you in mind even before the foundations of the world were laid!  The One who has placed His Spirit in us as His promise and, “reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.”

Day Four – God is God

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Day Three – The Lamb of God

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Day Two – I Saw You

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Day One – Invitation to Reality

Monday, February 24th, 2014