Sunday, April 10, 2011

a day with God: blessed to be HIS.

At church this morning, Pastor Greg talked about Revelation 21 and 22, and how Jesus will be coming again and what we have to look forward to: heaven. It was an exciting reminder that as Christians we don't have to despair at the trials of this world because we know that this life is not all there is.

After Britt and I got back to school, I was reading over my Bible notes because I have an exam on Tuesday. I finished reading through them and pulled out my Bible to read the books that the test is on again. The very first one is Ephesians and I didn't get very far before I stopped in awe. The first verses of Ephesians are all about the spiritual blessings that we have in Christ!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things, according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." (Eph. 1:3-14)

It's so awesome! God chose US, depraved, sinful human beings that absolutely hated Him, to be his CHILDREN. We inherit the blessings that come with being God's children and we did nothing to deserve it. We were adopted into His family. He forgives our sins when we continue to do the same things over and over again. AND it is because of this adoption that we can look forward to an eternity spent with Him in heaven.

This morning in the service, we sang "In Christ Alone", "It is Well With my Soul", "How Great Thou Art" and "Holy, Holy, Holy." Some amazing hymns and praise songs that all speak to God's great, sovereign power and His love for us, His children. Especially "How Great Thou Art", as it speaks to the awe inspiring power and might of God and the coming of our Lord:

Stanza 1:
O Lord my God,
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all
The works Thy Hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout
The universe displayed;

Stanza 2:
When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
I hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!

Stanza 3:
When Christ shall come,
With shouts of acclamation,
And take me home,
What joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow
In humble adoration
And there proclaim,
"My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art! 

As you finish out this Lord's Day, praise God for his loving kindness and awesome power that can save poor wretches such as us from our sins and an eternal torment, and give us an eternity with Him in perfect bliss. Praise be to God!!!
from Pasadena with love, 


1 comment:

  1. Amen! Today our sermon was about how Christ is worth everything... no matter what the cost, Christ is worth it. It was a great challenge to remember how awesome Christ is, and what He deserves from us --- our all.

    Besides, my favorite preacher was speaking. : )

    AND -- I love "How Great Thou Art" too! One of my favorites. AND, I love "In Christ Alone," AND... I played through "It is Well with My Soul" as a prelude this morning. : ) Another favorite and good reminder.

    Love you lots!