Ephesians 1

Jesus, be the Lord over ALL my life.
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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (v 1)

Wow, Father! This passage is stuffed FULL of the blessings You’ve given to me. Your actions have poured more blessings than I could ever imagine into this vessel You’ve created me to be!

YOU CHOSE ME
~in Christ
~before the creation of the world
~to be HOLY and BLAMELESS in His sight

YOU DECIDED TO ADOPT ME
~into Your family
~in love
~through Jesus
~in accordance with Your pleasure and will
~to the praise of Your glorious grace

YOU HAVE FREELY GIVEN YOUR GRACE TO ME
~in the One You love

YOU HAVE REDEEMED ME, FORGIVEN MY SINS
~through Jesus’ blood
~in accordance with the riches of Your grace

YOU LAVISHED YOUR GRACE ON ME
~with all WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING

YOU MADE YOUR WILL KNOWN TO ME
~according to Your good pleasure

YOU PURPOSED IN CHRIST TO PUT YOUR WILL INTO EFFECT
“when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things in heaven
and on earth together under one head, even Christ”

YOU INCLUDED ME IN CHRIST
~when I heard the word of truth, the gospel of my salvation

YOU GAVE ME YOUR HOLY SPIRIT
~as a “deposit guaranteeing my inheritance” until I get to see You face to face

When I look back through this passage at all that You’ve given me or done in and for me, I’m in awe! You’ve CHOSEN me, are making me HOLY and BLAMELESS and have ADOPTED me. You’ve give me Your GRACE, FORGIVENESS (REDEMPTION), WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. You’ve INCLUDED me. You gave me Your presence continually through the gift of Your HOLY SPIRIT.

Thank You, Father, for all that You’ve done, for all that You are doing and for all that You’re going to do in, with and through my life!