When I was reading Psalm 91 today about God protecting His children I asked the Lord if He wanted me to read a certain section of Scripture. I thought He was directing me to the book of Ephesians.
As I read slowly and prayerfully, I got overwhelmed with the idea of God choosing people from all of the nations to be His inheritors through Christ. How wonderful that is!
Then later in the night as I folded laundry and mended a fraying item, I listened to Howard Dayton and his co-host, Steve Moore on Compass 1 financial radio program. They got talking about Ephesians 2 and the fact that we’re all unique and that God has a purpose for us.
I’ve copied the first ten verses of Ephesians chapter 2:
Eph 2:1, (GNB): In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins.
Eph 2:2 At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.
Eph 2:3 Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.
Eph 2:4 But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,
Eph 2:5 that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.
Eph 2:6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.
Eph 2:7 He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Eph 2:9 (SEE 2:8)
Eph 2:10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.
After that, Dr. David Jeremiah’s show came on and He got talking about God’s love for mankind. While we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom so people could get into heaven. He said that God is love from I John 4 and that God’s love is not fickle. He loves us even though we fall short; He loves us when we’re behaving well. His love remains constant – it never changes.
Dr. David Jeremiah likened God’s continual love for us as the kind of love a person has on their honeymoon in that God stays delighted with us even as His presence surrounds us continually.
The he mentioned Ephesians, how God loved us from the beginning of time when we weren’t even born yet, as it tells us in chapter one.
When I hear and/or read a message three times in one day, I determine to check it out and try to cement it in my brain. How about you?
May God bless you this day and many more.