April 22-23 – You Are Cared For
For the next three weeks, we will be studying our identity through God’s eyes. We will be looking at scriptural truths describing how God sees us as His children. Let these truths penetrate your being, as if God is speaking these words looking right at you. Hang these truths on your mirror so that you will see yourself through His eyes more than through the world’s eyes. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it focused on today’s truth using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I Am Cared For | Jess Howell
Paul is under house arrest in Rome yet he shares with the church in Ephesus that they shouldn’t be discouraged by his sufferings. He tells them that God is in control of his path AND theirs; they only need to realize how much God loves and cares for them, no matter what happens.
Many people use the Bible strictly as a rule book of do’s and don’ts. But that’s not God’s heart at all. He uses the authors’ and writers’ experiences to help build a relationship with us. Why? Because He CARES for us. He isn’t just barking orders and making threats but, rather, gives us the “freedom and confidence” to come to Him for everything. When someone cares for you, you work harder to build and maintain that relationship (as long as it’s mutual!). When we begin to grasp the love God has for us, we will desire to draw closer to Him.
Father God, You desire so much for me, more than I desire for myself. Thank You for caring about me when I don’t feel like I should be. You desire contentment in myself and love for others. Thank You for giving me an open door to come to You with the confidence You are always listening. Search me, oh God, and find that contentment and rest in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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