You’re Accepted in The Beloved

Daily Devotional: Day 17

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6, KJV).

Knowing that you’re accepted in Christ changes your understanding and experience of the Father’s love. You don’t have to earn your place in the Father’s heart. In Christ, God has already accepted you and surrounded you with favor, grace, glory and honor. The passage from Ephesians 1:6 says God has accepted you in the beloved. The beloved is Jesus Christ. This means that God sees you in Christ – inside Christ. And he loves you with the same affection and unconditional love he has for Christ. Think about this: God cannot love you any less than he loves Jesus, because you’re in Christ. The Greek verb translated “hath made us accepted” is charitoo. In the New Testament, this Greek verb is used only one other time, when the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary (Luke 1:28). The word means to be freely endowed with favor, honor and blessings. Therefore, when the Bible says you’re accepted in the beloved, God wants you to know that you’re special in his eyes – just like Jesus. The same divine favor that is upon Jesus, is upon you, too. Hallelujah!

The Father is in love with you and has made you worthy through the blood of his Son. You no longer must feel unworthy in the Father’s presence. Stop calling yourself an unworthy sinner. You think you’re being humble, but the truth is, you’re operating in ignorance of your place in the Father’s heart. Don’t call yourself anything that suggests that you’re not accepted. God accepts you not because you’re good, but because he is good. The blood of Jesus has put your unworthy days behind you. Believe what God says about you.

Confess:

Daddy, your Word says that you’ve accepted me in Christ. I acknowledge, I believe, and I confess that I stand forever accepted in Christ. I’m greatly beloved and I praise you for what you’ve done in Christ. Amen!

For further study: Isaiah 62: 1-12

Pastor Stephen “Steve” Alfred Bilson-Ogoe
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)
Manassas, Virginia, USA

Office Phone: (888)-541-5594.

Be Not Conformed to the World

Daily Devotional: Day 15

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2, KJV).

You can’t please God and please this world at the same time. The Father has set you apart for himself through the precious blood of Jesus and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:2). The day you got born again, you ceased to belong to this world. In fact, you even ceased to belong to yourself. God has marvelous plans for you, prominent among which is to conform you to the image of his Son. This transformation can’t happen if you give your heart over to the ungodly culture, practices and the unholy affairs of this world. Keep in mind that the dark forces of the world will come against you, because you’re a child of light. Darkness can’t tolerate light. Simple. The world will constantly pressure you to conform to its ways. But the Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). 

Don’t be afraid to be different, because being a Christian is about being different. Naturally, no one wants to feel isolated. Herein lies the temptation to conform. Many people today care more about this world’s opinion of them more than God’s opinion. They’ll, therefore, do whatever it takes to be accepted by the world. They call it progress. But, progress – for true children of God – means renewing our mind with the God’s Word and being separated unto a life of holiness. Your heart can’t serve two masters – God and the world. God wants to conform you to the image of Jesus Christ, not the image of the Satan-ruled world. Rejoice in being different.Choose godly transformation over unholy alliance with the world.

Pray:

Dear Father, thank you for setting me apart in Christ. And thank you for pouring your love into my heart. Your love is more precious than anything the world can offer me. In the Name of Jesus, I choose godly transformation over unholy alliance with the world. Amen.

For further study: 1 John 2: 1-17; John 17:11-18 

Pastor Stephen “Steve” Alfred Bilson-Ogoe
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)
Manassas, Virginia, USA

Office Phone: (888)-541-5594

God Answers Your Prayer Instantly

Daily Devotional: Day 9

“And if we know that he [God] hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:15, KJV).

            Each time you petition the Father for something, he hears you and gives you an answer instantly. God doesn’t need to call for a Board Meeting to decide whether to answer you. He’s not your friend who lives down the street, who decides when to pick your calls. God doesn’t say to you, “Give me some time to think about this. I’ll get back to you soon.” Understand that when you call on God, your request doesn’t go to an answer machine. Your heavenly Father loves you more than you love yourself. In fact, he’s more excited to answer your prayer than you are to receive the answer. Moreover, his Spirit dwells in you as in a temple. Before you pray, he knows what you desire. People get frustrated in prayer, because they don’t know if God has heard them or not. If you ask them, they say, “I know God will answer me” or “I know God will show up.” Years go by and people will still be waiting for an answer. That is sad, and so wrong. The truth is, the first time you pray, God replies instantly with a precise answer. God never processes your prayer.

If you’ve been dealing with uncertainty about the status of your prayer, you’re not alone; I’ve been there countless times. The antidote is intimacy and fellowship with the Father. When you’re intimate with your Father in heaven, you can hear his loving voice distinctly in your heart and you’ll know with certainty that he’s heard you. You won’t need to jump from revival to revival, from prophet to prophet, from church to church, and from novena to novena. Learn from the prayer life of Jesus. Because of his intimate fellowship with the Father, he always knew he’d been heard. For example, before he commanded Lazarus to rise, here’s what Jesus said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always . . .” (John 11:41-42). When you know the Father hears you always, it frees you from anxiety, uncertainty, doubt and all the related drama.

Prayer

Father, I know that you love me with the same love you have for Jesus. I thank you that you have heard me. Thank you for all the times you heard my prayer and I didn’t realize. Now I know that you always hear me. Open my ears that I may hear your sweet voice every time you speak to me. In the Name of Jesus, I thank you that you’ve heard me. Amen.

For further study: Daniel 9:20-23; 10:1-15

In the Father’s love,

Pastor Steve

Charis Temple (non-denominational church)

Email: charristemple@gmail.com