Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
At home with the LORD…
“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” (Ephesians 1:14, NLT)
There’s a prayer in chapter 3 of Ephesians I would like us to specifically concentrate on these two verses. “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” (Ephesians 3:16–17, NLT)
While the apostle Paul prayed Jesus would make his home in our hearts. Psalmist prayed to live in the LORD’s house, “The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.” (Psalm 27:4–5, NLT)
Like the home we live in there are times when we need to leave its comfort and peace venturing out in a troubled world. However, as troubled as the world is we when we leave its comfort and peace since Jesus makes his home in our hearts we’ll always have Jesus with us wherever we go. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2015 we can have the assurance in 2016 we will dwell in the House of the LORD and Jesus will be at home in our hearts. “This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit.” (1 John 4:13, HCSB)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, NLT)
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