May 31st, 2018 — IGNITE

I want you to read this Bible verse…
“…we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will…” Ephesians 1:11

Now most people, after reading that verse, want to start talking about predestination. What is it? What does it mean? How does it work? And they concentrate so hard on the theology of predestination that they lose sight of what the rest of the verse says. They want to know if they are among those who are counted as worthy to be chosen before the world began. We call that “election.”

Now, this is a deep subject but let me try to still the waters as best as I can and as fast as I can. How do you know you’ve been elected by God before the world began? Let’s illustrate it like this… during the night it rained. I didn’t hear the rain. I didn’t see the rain, but in the morning, when I looked outside, I saw water puddles in my yard. Therefore, what I knew was that during the night it rained. The same is true with your election. If you know Jesus… believe in Jesus… have committed your life to Jesus… you now know you are among those who have been predestined.

But I want us to concentrate on the other parts of this verse.

First, we’re told we have an inheritance. That’s right, we have an inheritance. All the good things of God are ours. Remember, you don’t receive an inheritance until someone has died, and in this instance, Someone did die – Jesus. And because He died, everything that is His, is ours. His love… His power… His grace… His forgiveness… His joy… His peace! Why we ever live like paupers is baffling to me. Because you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior – everything He has is yours. Don’t live any differently and don’t let anybody tell you differently.

Secondly, the Word tells us that God, “works all things after the counsel of His will.” That means that everything that’s happening in your life, good… bad… indifferent… is happening for a reason. He’s thought it through… He’s counseled with Himself… and He has a plan for you that He’s working out. I know you may not like it, but He’s working it out. I know you think it’s unfair, but He’s working it out. I know you wish it could be different, but He’s working it out.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God chose you on purpose and He’s working everything out in your life. Right now, your life may look chaotic in your eyes, but not His! He knows exactly what He’s doing and He will be praised. Today live in your inheritance. Live like a child of the King. Live above what the world offers you.

Help me live in my inheritance. Help me to remember You’re working everything out and I can trust You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen