In studying Believing God by Beth Moore, I came to the chapter that as she says, “none present me the unrelenting challenge” than the one, Believing You Are Who God Says You Are. I wholeheartedly agree! She bases much of this chapter on Ephesians 1:3-8 (HCSB). I will get to that in a minute but as I was reading this I thought back to the day I picked Truth out of a litter of nine beautiful golden pups. No small task to select just one! Not only have I reflected on that day but so many others that we have shared. If I put them in sequence it might look something like this: I prayed for her before I knew which one would be Truth. I chose her from the litter. I adopted her by sending in the paperwork to show she belonged to me. I loved knowing she belonged to me. I showed her much favor because she was mine. I bought her. She cost me something! And believe it or not Truth (the dog) is not perfect. Far from it. So over the last two plus years I have had to forgive her from shall we say, bad choices and actions. But bottom line…I love her!
Now, back to Ephesians 1:3-8. Rarely when I’m reading a book will I read part of it out loud but today the Lord impressed me to re-read this section and to read it out loud. He also wanted me to make it personal. In doing so I had to change a few words for me to understand He says this about me! And YOU! I would encourage each of you to read the following out loud as it is written.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose me in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined me to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that he favored me with in the Beloved. In Him I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of my trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on me with all wisdom and understanding.
Just as I understand the process of choosing and living with Truth, I pray I will comprehend (as much as my mind will allow) the process He took for me to have Life in Truth.