Tuesday, August 14

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to make sure you choose at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 1:11-14

In him we have also received an inheritance because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will, so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.

In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

Summary:

So we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit who is our inheritance. An inheritance sounds great, right? But what does Paul mean by all of this? In the ancient world, an owner would announce ownership of a possession by placing his seal on it. This is God tagging us, marking us as his own. This is only possible “IN CHRIST.” This seal of ownership is the Holy Spirit now inside of us. He is our source of power. He is our everything. In today’s terms, the Holy Spirit is earnest money. What that means: we have received a downpayment which is proof that more is to come, eternity with the Father “to the praise of His glory!” 

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for calling me your own. Thank you for sealing me with your Spirit. May I live today depending on power of the Spirit and with the anticipation of one day standing in your presence praising you for all you have done for me. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

The same Spirit that descends on Jesus after his baptism in Matthew 3:16 is the same Spirit that has sealed you. The same power. The same everything. How will you live today knowing that the Holy Spirit has sealed you and empowered you for great things?

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
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