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Listen And Prosper : Daily Christian Prayers, Bible Verses & Devotionals


Planned Beforehand

‘For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.’ Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV).

He chose us, we did not choose Him. God’s plan was set at the beginning of creation for us to be His holy children. Salvation then, is God’s work and not our own doing. We are not saved because we deserve it that is for certain. Nor did God save us because we influenced Him.

God had planned to save us well before we even knew He existed, or even before we existed! If God had not planned to save humankind, it just never would have happened. Therefore, there is no reason to take credit for our salvation or to allow room for pride.

It is hard to understand how a perfect God could accept and even desire relationship with such imperfect people. But it is all because of Christ. Because of Jesus, we are holy and blameless in God’s sight. God chose us, and when we belong to Him through Jesus Christ, God looks at us as if we had never sinned. That is incredible!

Prayer:

‘Lord, thank you that you have planned since the beginning of time to have relationship with all people. Lord I want to be part of your family and live a life that is full of your generosity, mercy and lavish love. May nothing come between us.’

In Jesus’ Mighty Name,

AMEN!


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Final Thoughts:

Through Jesus’ sacrifice, God has adopted us as His own children and brought us into a family who are His heirs. Since we are His true children, we qualify to share all His treasures. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that He is and all that He has. (Romans 8:17). In Roman law, adopted children had the same rights and privileges as biological children, even if they had once been slaves. Paul uses the term ‘adopted’ to show how binding our relationship to God is.

Are we experiencing this strong, binding relationship with the Father? What holds us back from entering fully into our privileges and rights as His heirs? Nothing else is worth putting before this beautiful and privileged position that was planned beforehand by our gracious God.

Be Greatly Blessed!


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