You Belong Here - Your Daily Forward Devotional

You Belong Here


January 20


Read Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you are also being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.



When have you felt like an outsider?


Have you ever visited a foreign country but you couldn’t understand anyone because you didn’t know the language? Maybe you even offended someone because you were unaware of the social customs. No doubt, you definitely felt like an outsider! Or maybe you recently moved into a new community and you don’t know anyone yet. It feels like everyone else has connections and everyone else belongs but you feel alone even though you are surrounded by people. It’s hard feeling like a stranger.


Up to this point in our study of Ephesians, Paul has been explaining that, in Christ, the Jews and the Gentiles are no longer separate. They are one. In His work on the cross, Christ unified them. He abolished the laws that kept them divided and brought both near to God. Paul goes further here to say that the Gentiles are no longer strangers or aliens among the Jews. They are now fellow citizens in God’s household. The Jews are no longer the only children of God. Everyone who is in Christ is considered a “saint” and as such they belong to the household of God.


But this house for God is still being built. Paul says that Jesus Himself is the cornerstone of the foundation. He is the stone that is load bearing. Without Him as Cornerstone, the walls would crumble. The apostles and the prophets laid the rest of the stones as a firm foundation when they proclaimed Christ and His Word.


The rest of the structure is made up of the saints.  Believers in the foundation of Christ and His apostles’ teaching are the building blocks of God’s temple. As more and more believers are added into the family of God, more stones are laid. This temple is God’s dwelling place where His Holy Spirit resides.


Friends, we are His temple. He lives in us. And each believer plays a critical role in the building up of His temple. Not only do you belong in Him, but you are important. 



Jesus, You are a firm foundation. Thank You for building me a place to belong. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Lord Jesus, only You could pick me up out of the dust, and treat me like I belong. So thank You, Lord, that because of You I am never alone, or feel like a stranger anymore.
Heavenly Father I Praise You for Loving us first. Though we did nothing to deserve your Love You chose us anyway. Lord because You Live we Live in You as you Live in we Your children. Father a Love unconditional that we didn't deserve till the day You Jesus gave Your Live to give us life back in You alone! Making us "one" in you and each other, a family like no other. Father I came to Glorify Your name lifting Up my hands to You Oh Lord my God. I Praise You for knowing us before You Father Blessed us with Life in You only. For knowing I, we matter you have a purpose for each of us. Till the day You call me "home" I will Rise for You Jesus to Uplift and Inspire all other in You. Then bow only to You living as "one" in The only Family that is truly a Family. I Praise Your Holly Name and Thank You My one True Chief Commander in Control, My Alpha, Omega, Beginning, First and Last, The Way, Truth, Life and only Light, My one True Teacher, Redeemer, Savior, King, God, Foundation, Father, Master, in Jesus Mighty name Amen
Praise the Lord, I am no longer a stranger. Jesus is my firm foundation, this temple is God's dwelling place.
Thank you Jesus!!!
Praise God, Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus.
...........a most vital and crucial message. Thank you!!!
Holy Spirit JN 09/01/13-01 John 14:26,Romans 8:9-14 VERSE Gadd6 Caad6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Dadd6 D You dwell in me, You dwell in me, Holy Spirit, You dwell in me Cadd6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Gadd6 Dadd6 Gadd6 I only want God’s desires, Holy Spirit, You dwell in me VERSE Cadd6 Gadd6 Caad6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Dadd6 D You rest in me, You rest in me, Holy Spirit, You rest in me Cadd6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Gadd6 Dadd6 Gadd6 I have God’s peace beyond degree, cause Holy Spirit, You rest in me CHORUS Am Am7 C D Em7 Bm7 Am7 My comforter, guides my heart forever, teach me I pray Am Am7 C D Am7 C D To testify the truth that lives within me, to glory fy my Lord! VERSE Cadd6 Gadd6 Caad6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Dadd6 D You shine in me, You shine in me, Holy Spirit, You shine in me Cadd6 Gadd6 Cadd6 Gadd6 Dadd6 Gadd6 I AM God’s light, for all to see, cause Holy Spirit, You shine in me CHORUS Am Am7 C D Em7 Bm7 Am7 My comforter, guides my heart forever, teach me I pray Am Am7 C D Am7 C D E To testify the truth that lives within me, to glory fy my Lord! VERSE & ENDING A D A D D2 E Sealed by thee, sealed by thee, Holy Spirit, You’ve sealed me A D A E A slow down to stop With my Lord, for eternity, cause Holy Spirit, I’m sealed by thee Bm7 E C#m7 F#m7 Cause Holy Spirit You dwell, cause Holy Spirit You rest Bm7 E C#m7 F#m7 repeat as led to last line Cause Holy Spirit You shine, cause Holy Spirit I’m sealed Bm7 E stop and selah D2 A2 Cause Holy Spirit You live, in me
Thanks Jesus
Amen thank you Lord for being our cornerstone
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Father thanks for being a part of the foundation. AMEN 🙏
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
Thank you for reminders of who am in Christ Jesus.
May all the saints access the New Jerusalem whose very foundations and construct are the Tribes, prophets, and the 12 apostles of The Lamb. (Rev 21). Christ Jesus is indeed our cornerstone as the Spirit dwells with us and we find a new home within the body of Christ, His one and true church. Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ....
Thank you for this today it was awesome
Yes, Christ is the firm foundation on whom that holds us up day by day. Thanks You Lord.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Thank you
I’m asking Jesus to give me his strength today and always. He is our rock and our salvation! My prayers go up to Him🙏🙏🙏❤️
O how we don't deserve a God like You. To be our foundation & so much more. For this I am grateful. Amen.🙏🏼💗
Belonging is a characteristic that God put in all our hearts but sin separated us from who we belong to Which is ultimately God. Jesus gave us the tremendous ability to become part of His family along with all who believe in Him. Oh what a friend we have in Jesus and with Him we have a wonderful family in which we belong’. Hallelujah Amen
Christ as the load bearing stone. How wonderful! Thank you.
Amen Thanks For Sharing 💥
O what blessed assurance! Thank you Pastor Nat for reminding me of this today. Lord Jesus, thank You for making me a part of the "family of God". I am no longer an outsider! You are my "firm foundation". Thank You for living and working through me in building up Your "temple". I give You all glory and praise. Amen!