Sunday, January 05, 2014

January 5, 2014 … Adopted by the King

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 5

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – to hear the group Avalon singing Orphans of God, … reminding us that in God’s family there are no orphans … we’ve all, by our faith, been adopted into the family of God by a loving Abba Father.

Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV: Ephesians 2: 4-5 [in the context of verses 3-6] …  
3 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, 4 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, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Ephesians, Chapter 1, Verses 3-12… GO TO THIS LINK … 

Reference Passage #1: Romans 8: 14-17 … [NKJV] … [We’ve been chosen to be in God’s family and also heirs of the King. ] …  
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Reference Passage #2: John 3: 16 … [NKJV] … [Remembering just how much God loved us. ] …  
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

My Journal for Today: If you’re with me here in this quiet place, I hope you’ve taken in the photo image, the worship sog I’ve chosen, and the meditation on all of God’s word to which we were led by today’s Our Daily Bread devotional this morning. Because, … if you have taken the time to mediate soulfully on these images and truths, you must be joining me in saying, “Hallelujah!” … realizing, as Avalon sings in today’s song, that in the family of God there are no orphans.

And, as it says in both of the Pauline passages into which I was led to dwell this morning, we must realize (you and me) that we were chosen to be heirs of the King; … chosen before the dawn of time by a loving Abba Father. And I’m overjoyed today, remembering that my God and Heavenly Father, pursued ME (can you believe it?) to be, not only in His family but also to be His heir. So, I’ll not pollute this wonderful realization and the revelation of God’s love with a lot of words to cloud the truth that all who receive God’s saving grace by their faith are adopted as sons and daughters of the King.

Revel in it, dear one; and pray, along with me, a prayer of thanksgiving that we are in God’s family.

My Prayer for Today … Oh, dear Abba Father, we are feeling so grateful in this moment of reflection that You chose us to be Your family heirs for eternity, … sons and daughters of the King. … HALLELUJAH!!! … Amen

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