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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 29, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
“Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms: means that in Christ we have all the benefits of knowing God—being chosen for salvation, being adopted as his children, forgiveness, insight, the gifts of the Spirit, power to do God’s will, the hope of living forever with Christ. Because we have an intimate relationship with Christ, we can enjoy these blessings now. The “heavenly realms” means that these blessings are eternal, not temporal. The blessings come from Christ’s spiritual realm, not the earthly realm of the goddess Artemis. (NLT)
Ephesians 1:3-10 – How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.
So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
Deepika Sagar (Rajasthan, India) titled her story “SAYING YES TO GOD;” here is a portion of Deepika’s story:
“. . . God has beautiful ways of working in our lives and of drawing us closer. God created every life on earth to fulfill a divine purpose. We do not know our full potential, but our Creator does. God waits patiently for us to discover and say yes to that purpose.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can participate in God’s creativity.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us hearts willing to follow whenever we hear your call. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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