Sealed and Filled
Ephesus produced some of the finest lumber in the world. Yet there were many counterfeits being sold by unscrupulous merchants who would claim their inferior lumber as Ephesian lumber. The Ephesian merchants then created a seal and began marking their timber to prove it was genuine. Paul uses this imagery to describe how the Holy Spirit marks us as belonging to Jesus Christ. He told the Ephesians, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit authenticates and testifies that we are followers of Jesus.
After we have been marked with God's seal, the Holy Spirit continues to fill us daily with His presence as long as we simply ask Him for this filling. Paul told the Ephesians to "be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18). Not every Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit's presence every day; we must actively seek to be filled each day.
Do you feel that something is missing in your Christian walk? Are you going through the motions of attending church and worshiping God? If so, then what you are missing is the Holy Spirit. He is a gift and can breathe upon you to revive your soul and bring you active and genuine spirituality.
Prayer: Father, today I want to invite the Holy Spirit to fill me with Your presence and guide me in righteousness. May this be a daily prayer of mine. Thank You for Your seal of authentication on my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come" (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
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