Monday, February 18, 2013

God's Word for our Family and Children

     All praise to You God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed my children and family with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before You made the world, You loved and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in Your eyes. Father, You decided in advance to adopt us into Your own family by bringing us to Yourself through Jesus Christ. This is what You wanted to do, and it gives You great pleasure. So I praise You God for the glorious grace You have poured out on my family who belong to Your dear Son. You are so rich in kindness and grace that You purchased our freedom with the blood of Your Son and forgave our sins. You have showered Your kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
    You have now revealed Your mysterious plan to us regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill Your own good pleasure.  And this is Your plan Lord: at the right time You 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 You Father, for You chose us in advance, and You make everything work out according to Your plans!
    We trust in Christ and bring Him praise and glory. We have heard the truth and Good News that You save us! You identify us as Your own Lord, You have given us Your Holy Spirit, who is our guarantee that You will give us the inheritance You have promised and that You have purchased us to be Your own people. You did this so we would praise and glorify You.
    You have given my family strong faith in Jesus and love for Your people. You give us spiritual wisdom, insight and understanding so we can grow in knowledge of You Lord. Our hearts are flooded with light so we can understand the confident hope You have given to us who are called. We are Your holy people who are Your rich and glorious inheritance.
    I praise You Father for choosing us and being in our lives- I have no greater joy than to hear that my children and family are walking in the Truth!

Ephesians 1:1-18, 3 John 4