Take delight in the Lord

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4)

The Lord loves when we praise Him. In praise, we can achieve victories that are impossible with our own human efforts. And, praising the Lord is a natural result of our being filled with the Holy Spirit.

When you accept Jesus Christ into your life by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that He is your personal Savior, then you were forgiven by His blood and sealed for redemption by His Spirit.

The deposit of His Holy Spirit guarantees your eternal inheritance:

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory.
(Ephesians 1:13-14)

In Greek, the word deposit is arrhabon, which means “a down payment.” If you’ve ever bought a car, you know what arrhabon is all about. You sign a paper and pay a down payment, a deposit, and that is the arrhabon, the guarantee that there is more to come. The presence of the Spirit in your life–the joy and the peace He gives–is the guarantee that there is more yet to come from God. The Spirit is the down payment on a much greater, fuller, richer experience of God than you have ever known before. The Holy Spirit is just the beginning of the blessings you will receive in Christ.

Paul goes on to say that this deposit or down payment guarantees our inheritance “until the redemption of those who are God’s possession,” as the NIV puts it. In the original Greek, this phrase is literally “until the redemption of the walk-around.” This sounds strange to our ears, but the first century readers of Ephesians instantly understood this phrase as a reference to the custom of buying a piece of ground and then going out and walking around it to symbolically establish your ownership rights to that ground. By walking around the property, you made it yours. It was a sign that the property was now in your name.

That is what Paul says God has done with us. It is not we who acquire God, but He who acquires us. He has made the down-payment on our lives, the Holy Spirit, and that preserves us as His possession until He returns to claim his purchased possession–your life and mine, which is now in His name. We have the Kingdom of Heaven to look forward to, as our eternal inheritance, where we will continually take delight in the Lord.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(1 Peter 1:3-5)

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4)


And so, even with all the troubles we are experiencing with the trauma of these End Times, we can look forward to our new, eternal life in the Lord’s kingdom!


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