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(Dan 6:6-9) The king just issued a decree that cannot be repealed: anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next 30 days, except to the king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.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)

Be Careful With Your Heart

More than a year ago, the Lord taught me a very important lesson that I pray I will never forget, ever.

I had always wondered why I was often overwhelmed about a lot of things. There was almost no day at all that I wasn’t worried and stressed out. Perhaps it could be because of my schedule, perhaps it was my job, maybe the energy suckers around me (hehe). I didn’t know why. Pretty soon, the weariness got a toll on my relationships, work, my behavior and literally everything connected to me. Something was just not right. Christians are supposedly the happiest people on earth. This was obviously not true at all in my life. Why? I was a serious Christian then. I was even an intern pastor!

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Yield To His Leading

We have a God who leads His people and never abandons them.  He leads them through many means, especially through His Word-the Bible. It’s through the Bible that He usually talks to His people, His children.

I’m ever thankful to the Father for a growing desire that He has placed in each of His children to know Him through His Word and to do what pleases Him. Phil 2:13 says

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

For days now, God has been teaching me about Proverbs 4:23-27. I want to share what He taught me here with the prayer that it could help you too. Continue reading

Keys to Success

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Josh 1:8, NLT

God’s Word is powerful. It is sharper than a double-edged sword. It brings healing to the body. It brings life. It brings prosperity and success. Here’s an acronym in order not to forget these keys to success – SMO.

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God Is Good

Some people view God as a sugar daddy. They only go to Him when they are in need of healing, provision, peace, joy, etc. Some view God as a hard God. He sits on His throne laughing at our afflictions.

How we see God affects greatly how we relate to Him. If this be so pivotal, then we ought to search the Scriptures and know Him more and more. Today’s devotional focuses on God being a giver. Continue reading