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Today's Devotional
& Prayer

Morning Prayer - April 12, 2024Jim Huber
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The AdventureNarrated by Jim Huber........
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The Adventure

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

 

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  

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“Christianity is not for me. It's boring. One of my values I hold on to is adventure. That's life to me," a young woman told me. It saddened me that she hadn't yet learned the incredible joy and excitement that comes with following Jesus - an adventure like no other. I excitedly shared with her about Jesus and how real life is found in Him.

 

Mere words are inadequate to describe the adventure of knowing and walking with Jesus, God's Son. But in Ephesians 1, the apostle Paul gives us a small but powerful glimpse of life with Him. God gives us spiritual blessings directly from heaven (v. 3), holiness and blameless-ness in God's eyes (V.4), and adoption as His own into the King's royal family (v.5). He blesses us with the lavish gift of His forgiveness and grace (w. 7-8), understanding of the mystery of His will (v.9), and a new purpose of living "for the praise of his glory" (v. 12). The Holy Spirit comes to live in us to empower and lead us (V. 13), and He guarantees eternity in God's presence forever (V. 14).

 

When Jesus Christ enters our life, we discover that getting to know Him more and following Him closely is the greatest of adventures. Seek him now and every day for real life.

 

 

 

 

 

The devotional message, “The Adventure”, was written by Anne Cetas, and appeared in “Our Daily Bread”, www.odb.org, November 17, 2023.  Used here with permission from the website.


 

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