There are many battles that find us in life. Some of the battles we create by making bad decisions, others come our way simply because Satan would like to see us stumble and fall. God has given you the tools to succeed and win the different battles that you and your family are facing.
I was reading Ephesians chapter 1 today in the Message version of the Bible and it really touched my heart, I am assuming it will do the same for you.
I am just going to give you a few verses from this awesome chapter.
Ephesians 1: 3-14 (MSG)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
I love the fact that God decided to give us every spiritual blessing and that he chose us before the creation of the world. How crazy is that? No doubt you have days as I do wondering if God really has my life under control? At times things seem to be so out of control and yet this verse talks about how God had me in mind before creating the earth. I guess that reenforces the fact that He is not winging it when it comes to the plans for my life. Nothing has caught God by surprised, me perhaps but not God.
I love the word adoption that is used in the passage. I know how special adoption is. My older brother was adopted into our family and my son Ryan is adopted. I chose to make Ryan my son and give him all that I have. No one made me do it. I wasn’t stuck with Ryan, I chose him. God chose you, He delights in you and is crazy about you.
We have all done some dumb things and have chosen to rebel against God at times in our life. Through the blood of Christ all of us now have redemption. We don’t have to live under sin. We can get up and see the victory in our life that God has put into place. We have been given what we need to see victory.
God has promised all of us victory. What are you doing today to make sure you walk in victory? We have to first know what it looks like to walk in victory right? That is why its so important to study the Word on a regular basis. God has left you every spiritual blessing, now it’s time to dig in and find out what those blessings are.
Perhaps today you are struggling with the battle of your life. You might be reading all of this because you woke up this morning really wondering if you can see victory in your lifetime. Take time to read this full chapter. You’ll find comfort and the answer to the question you rolled out of bed with this morning.
If you have time check out some of my other blogs that talk about the battle we all face and how to win. Here is the good news, God has chosen you to win this battle and receive victory. Don’t give up. Take it one day at a time. If you haven’t done so as of yet, begin spending time in the Word daily. If it’s easier to listen to someone reading the Bible, than join my friend Brian daily at the dailyaudiobible.com. He’ll take you through the whole Bible in a years time. It’s a wonderful community of believers going through God’s Word.
Janet and I would like to thank you for praying for our new book that comes out October 11th. We believe The Day Satan Called will reach many people with God’s message. If you would like to read the first chapter, you can by signing up to the left of this blog.
Please share this blog today with a friend and leave a comment.