SUMMARY: Power source
OVERVIEW: Paul writes to the Ephesians that their blessings in Jesus surpass anything they could have hoped for or imagined. He describes God’s goodness and kindness to them as Gentiles and prays that they will be able to understand the enormity of God’s power for all who believe in him.
BIG IDEA: God has positioned us for impact.
KEY VERSE: Ephesians 1:3 (Paul praises God)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Don’t miss what I’ve provided for you. Don’t ignore the access you have to me or the resources for strength and power. I know you, and I love you. It gave me great pleasure to adopt you as my child, and it still does today. You were bought at a high price and were forgiven and cleaned. I poured out my grace upon you. You swim in more grace than you know. Drink it in. Embrace it. Share it with others.
You never have to worry if I will give you back or turn my back on you. That’s not possible. You’ve been forever identified with me—sealed—through the Holy Spirit. This exceptional power made available to you is the same that raised Christ from the dead. May your mind begin to comprehend, and your eyes take in all that I’ve done: I’ve given you a new identity. Receive my gifts and blessings, and may your heart stay soft and moldable so that you can trust me and follow me as I lead you today and every day.
Do you ever catch yourself thinking negatively about yourself or your situation? When you do, reread verses 3-14. You may not have to read each verse but find a phrase that resonates and reflect on it, thanking God for what he has provided through Christ.