Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17 - Brought Under Christ's Authority

And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together 
under the authority of Christ - everything in heaven and on earth. 
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received 
an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance and he 
makes everything work out according to his plan.
Ephesians 1:10,11

Our true identity in Christ for today is two-fold; first God's plan for us could not be fully understood until He sent Christ to this earth. Upon Christ's birth Jew and Gentile were united. Second God's plan for our salvation cannot be altered no matter the evil doings of Satan. 

Christ's birth alone united two very different groups of people. One group were the "chosen" people while the others were commoners worthy of little until Jesus was born. Upon his birth and subsequent death for our sins the Gentiles were given a chance at eternal life, something only afforded to the Jews at that time. But dear friend, this is more than just a biblical history lesson. Devote some time this day to grasp the full meaning of Christ's birth. As a Christian, we are Gentiles. Had it not been for Jesus' birth we would have no opportunity for salvation, forgiveness of sins, or love and support from our Heavenly Father here on Earth. Prayers would not be answered. Life would be bleak and hopeless without the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago.

Verse 11 addresses the notion that God's plan for your life is perfect. Even when it is chaotic and stressful your life is all according to His plan. The stress and difficulties are not mistakes but rather all a part of His righteous plan for your life. God is in charge! Nothing, not even the evil doings of Satan can derail His plan for your life and mine. There is great comfort in knowing this. God's plan for us is without fault, therefore we can live rest assured that He will carry us through the rough times and let us run in happiness during the good times. We can have faith and trust in God because His plan for our life is perfect.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for sending Your only son to die for my sins. Without this precious gift I would have no chance at salvation. Oh Lord, I gain enormous strength and comfort knowing that your plan for my life is perfect. When I am struggling O Father, please give me a sense of calm and comfort just knowing that You will guide me through the rough waters. Please Lord open my eyes and my arms to all that You have planned for my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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