"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."
These are some of the life altering words that we have poured over in the manuscript Bible study of Ephesians we are doing with a unique high school group of eight.
Tomorrow we are having a banquet called, "The Chosen Banquet" where we will dress up, eat, listen to a guest speaker, dance, and delight in the truth together.
Please pray with us, that the truth of these words will penetrate their hearts and give them solid identity in Christ as all of them are processing change and loss. You can pray with me Ephesians 1:4-5:
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ....
May all eight girls and the three of us leading them know we are chosen in Christ before our parents even existed, we were loved.
to be holy and without fault...
May we together know the holiness and purity we have in that position, not in anything we have done except to believe on the Son!
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ...
May we feel strong arms of acceptance, warm, full, and eternal, drawing us to himself
This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure...
May we understand better the great pleasure God has in calling us his own special ones!
"I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him."