With True Humility and Obedience…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 3-14

The Prayers of John Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only of late adopted us as
thy children, but before we were born, and as thou hast been pleased to
sign us, as soon as we came forth from our mother’s womb, with the
symbol of that holy redemption, which has been obtained for us by the
blood of thy only begotten Son, though we have by our ingratitude
renounced so great a benefit, — O grant, that being mindful of our
defection and unfaithfulness, of which eve are all guilty, and for
which thou hast justly rejected us, we may now with true humility and
obedience of faith embrace the grace of thy gospel now again offered to
us, by which thou reconciles thyself to us; and grant that we may
steadfastly persevere in pure faith, so as never to turn aside from the
true obedience of faith, but to advance more and more in the knowledge
of thy mercy, that having strong and deep roots, and being firmly
grounded in the confidence of sure faith, we may never fall away from
the true worship of thee, until thou at length receives us in to that
eternal kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy
only Son. Amen.

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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

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