May 4

on Friday, 28 April 2017.

May 4

Day 29 - the Holy Spirit reveals to God’s people

In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).

 

Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV)

11 In him we were also chosen, 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.

 

It’s crazy awesome to think that we are part of God’s plan and that He selected us from the beginning to know and believe in Him for the praise of His glory. Praise be to God! Just like those first disciples, we too were included in Christ Jesus when we heard the and true and good news of Jesus and how He saved us, and we believed.  At that moment we were marked, sealed. God placed in us His Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and raises us to new life and empowers us to walk with God is a reminder to us today that we are redeemed! We belong to God, and we have an amazing inheritance coming. The God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be faithful to accomplish all that He has promised. When His kingdom is established in full, the work of redemption is finished, heaven and earth are brought together and remade, and God is present with His people face to face, we will get to partake of that! There will be no more sin, death, fear, pain, sorrow, suffering or oppression in all of creation, and we will participate in God’s rule and reign in a life more abundant than we can ever dream. The Holy Spirit within us reminds us of and is the guarantee of this glorious hope that we have in God through Jesus Christ. 

 

What part of our inheritance in Christ do you look forward to the most? If you need inspiration you can read Revelation 21:1-7 and ask the Spirit to reveal your inheritance to you. 

 

Thank God for His Spirit’s work in your life today. Praise Him for what is to come and hope that we have because of what He has promised. Ask the Lord to reveal to you someone who might need to be reminded or simply told that this hope is available today, and then ask God to grant you boldness and compassion by His Spirit to encourage them.