Monday, June 18, 2012

Identity Embrace: You Are Heavenly

What a beautiful truth to be relayed this Monday are heavenly!

This is one of those enormous God-truths that I personally struggle to grasp in my limited, earthly mental capacity.  How can I be truly heavenly?  How can a perfect God choose me?  And how does the inner-transformation actually happen?

I will never fully comprehend how these truths get from my brain to my heart, but I thank the Holy Spirit that they somehow do...eventually.  God works that way--without us even realizing He is doing mysterious things to transform us from the inside out.  I will be so bold as to say that this truth is extremely vital to living here and now on earth!

Let us look at Ephesians 1:1-14...

Five things that God has done to make us heavenly:

ONE: Out of pure delight, He adopted you.  Before creation, God chose you to be holy and blameless in His sight.  Through working out His will in Jesus, you are adopted into God's family--and grace carried this plan to completion.  It was love that drove God to rescue us!

TWO: In His understanding and wisdom, He forgave you.  Despite knowing all of our faults, God chose to lavish His love upon us in the form of perfect forgiveness.  His grace is rich!

THREE: In His good pleasure, He revealed His mysterious will to you.  All things in heaven and on earth will one day be restored--and God wants us "in" on this plan!

FOUR: Out of His perfect will, He chose you to glorify Himself.  We are to live to bring God glory, and to reveal the hope that is within us.

FIVE: Through our choice to believe, He sealed you with the Holy Spirit.  The truth falls on our ears and changes our hearts.  When we choose to follow God, we are given the Holy Spirit as a seal, a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance in heaven.

What aspects of your heavenly identity do you most easily understand?  Which ones do you struggle understanding?  What other insights do you have about being heavenly?

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