Marked

Ephesians 1:13-14 | NIV

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.

Ephesians 1:13

13 …When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

We need to KNOW who we are by the knowing whose we are. When we believed, we were marked in Him. We were marked in Him with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are His.

In this world where doubt and fear are present, we need to get this even more: we belong to Him.

We should pray like the Apostle prayed ever so constantly for the believers in Ephesians:

… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better (Ephesians 1:17)

 … that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, (Ephesians 1:18)

… that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened that we may know his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (Ephesians 1:19-20)

 We are marked. We are His. We belong to Him.

Do We Really?

(Dan 6:6-9) The king just issued a decree that cannot be repealed: anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next 30 days, except to the king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. (Dan 6:10) Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room…Three times a day he got down on his knees and PRAYED, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel chose to honor God than men even if that meant becoming food to the hungry lions. He wanted to please God than men even if that meant dying. To us who say we love God, do we really? ‘Cause that means laying down our lives for Him…

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
 (Matt 16:25)