In love God…
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
This is another one of those pivotal verses in my life that changed my thinking and my very hurting heart in my early twenties. Why you may wonder, well for me, it was several reasons, but because I was so far away from all whom I held dear, I needed to know that I fit in somewhere.
God showed me, that I have been adopted as his daughter through Jesus Christ, and it was because of his great love for me, as well as his pleasure and will.
As a struggling babe in the faith, this was huge for me, because it meant that I had a place, I was not just trying to figure out life on my own, but I was a part of something bigger than I could imagine, as well as I had brothers and sisters all over the world because of Jesus Christ.
A few years ago, I was praying for a lady from Africa, and as I was praying for her, the lord I believe gave me a gift that I want to share with you. You see as I was praying for her, the lord impressed upon my heart, that (No matter where I / her were in the world if our hearts belonged to him, then we would always be at home) I am sure that you heard of that saying, “Home is where the Heart is” well, when our hearts belong to our heavenly father, no matter what our family situation, or lack of one is, we can always feel at home with the lord. I felt that he said to me, that Home makes you think of restful, peace, love, kindness, hope, comfort, a warm fire and blanket on a cold night. It makes you think of a good meal and a place where you can truly be yourself. Well, when our hearts belong to the lord, He is all of that for us and more.
Therefore, when he says that he adopts us, we truly always have a home. I felt so comforted to know, that because he held my heart, I would always have that feeling of security knowing that I was at home with him.
Another key word in these verses is; Predestined, which means to pre determine, in other words, to plan before hand to do something, he planned to adopt you, he planned to give you a hope and a future, and he planned that you will fulfill his purposes here on this earth.
That to me is a very comforting thought. Comforting because I know that my life is therefore no accident, or mistake, but very much planned and thought about. Regardless of the mistakes or sin our parents committed, our lives were predestined to bring Glory to God!!!!!
So give yourself a hug, and thank the lord once again, that you belong to him. I want to share with you a couple of scriptures that show you what you get to enjoy because you are adopted as a child of God.
1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 1:14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Colossians 3:24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
1Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Peter 1:4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you,
1Peter 1:5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
These are but a few of the verses that pertain to the inheritance that we have as children of God, our inheritance involves us receiving eternal life, forgiveness of our sins, Redemption, a cleansing of our sins and a ability to walk in righteousness all the days of our life. Our inheritance also includes the fact that we receive from God, his grace.
Grace- unmerited favor. Something given to us that we did not deserve or earn, a gift.
The rest of Ephesians 1:6 says,
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
God has freely given us his grace in Christ Jesus which is something that we can daily give thanks to him for, because we will not be ever treated as our sins deserve. The slate has been wiped clean, we have been adopted, cleaned up and made into new creations. I think that will give anyone a cause to celebrate.
So, today as you read through these verses stop to think about the fact that you are so loved by God, that he indeed does have a divine plan for your life that is for his Glory. Think about daring to believe that you can actually walk out God’s plan in your life, and that it can be a reality for you. Think about the fact that because you are a son, adopted by God, he has many great things for you and all you need to do is to ask.
Ask him today, to show you how to live your life, believing that these verses are not only true, but they are true for you, as his adopted son/daughter.
I pray that you will be blessed by the things spoken of today, that it will bring renewal, refreshment and transformation to your life.
Blessings from my home, to yours