Inseparable Journey: Royalty Crowned

“In Christ, we’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit and adopted as children into God’s family.”

Inseparable, p. 179

Can you believe we’re here?! The end of our Inseparable Journey. I have to admit I’m a little misty-eyed. The stories you have shared with me about how God is working in your lives have been my momentum through a hard few weeks. (As I’m writing this, my son and I are battling a nasty stomach flu in addition to everything else.) I can’t wait to continue hearing about the things He’s doing in your lives! How has God changed the way you view Him through this study? How has He changed the way you view yourself? How will you answer someone when she asks you what it means to be in Christ?

Our final chapter is “Royalty Crowned.” The concept of our inheritance in Christ was a tough one for me to tackle, but really, one of the most fun and awe-inspiring. It wasn’t something I thought about on a daily basis. I didn’t always look at myself and see a child of the King of Kings, and I didn’t always view God as a Father waiting to bless me with an inheritance. Viewing myself this way only came through a correct understanding of who God is, and why He offers such an incredible blessing.

Read Ephesians 1:9-18 and then this excerpt from this week’s chapter:

Everyone who is in Christ—set apart by the light—is a part of the kingdom and has a portion in this inheritance. The defining characteristic is the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be marked with His seal?

The Holy Spirit keeps us safe from Satan; while the enemy may dis­rupt our lives, he can never touch our souls. Nothing can separate us from God. The Holy Spirit marks us as His; He is the proof that we are who we are, that we are in Christ, and He proves our identity as we become more like Christ.

… I did a lot of reading and studying and came to a balanced understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in my life and what I believe His role is for all who are in Christ. For those of us in Christ, the Holy Spirit is the very life within us. If you’re in Christ, take a moment to just completely let this hit you. The power of God resides within you. Not just His power. Him. His nature, His very being. The God who spoke the universe into existence dwells in you. The God who raises the dead lives in you. Is this not the biggest deal ever? I mean, wow. When we really grasp the fact that the one true God has chosen to make His home in us, that has got to change things. It has to change everything—the way we think, the way we feel, the way we view ourselves and others. It should enable us to be content in all circumstances (Phil. 4:13), increasingly make us more like Him (Gal. 5:19–23), and give us victory over sin as we submit to His leadership (2 Cor. 10:3–6). It also changes the way we view our future. As children of the King, we are roy­alty who will one day enjoy eternity in the presence of God, casting our crowns at His feet.

Father, may we give all glory and honor to You now and forever, in everything we do, no matter how mundane the task might seem. Keep us humble as we discover more of who You’ve made us to be. Remind us that it is only through Your Spirit that we have the power to live as You ask us to, and that it is only through Christ’s blood that we have the opportunity to do so. Make us more of who we really are, Father, to Your glory!

Ashley 1This week’s assignment is to keep going forward in your time with God! I’m incredibly honored to have been able to spend the past couple of months with you. I pray that you take what you’ve learned from our time together and go even further– use our Fluid Study Elements as you study another book of the Bible. Or begin making your way through the entire Bible using Appendix 4 in Inseparable. Whatever you do, keep pressing into the Lord by becoming familiar with His Word.

This week’s discussion question:
Do you view yourself as a child of royalty? as sealed with the Holy Spirit? How might that affect your daily life?

 

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