God demonstrated His love by choosing, adopting, redeeming, and forgiving us in Christ. The love we see on television and in the movies most often is romantic love. It is love that must be reciprocated. In contrast, God’s love is unconditional and free. Ephesians 1:3-14 is an extended prayer of praise in which Paul thanks God for His matchless love which He has expressed for us by choosing, adopting, redeeming, and forgiving us in Christ. Spiritual blessings are those blessings that pertain to the life of the Spirit, those benefits from God that enable us to experience salvation and to live as His children, to the praise of His glorious grace (v. 6). Our ability to be holy is made possible by God’s grace and as a part of His eternal plan, God has blessed us by choosing us for holy living and adopting us as His children. God’s motive in adopting us as His sons through Christ is love. He did not do this merely for our personal happiness, but for His glory (v. 6). Even this is an act of love because God is the most glorious being in the universe. Psalm 16:11 says that in God’s presence, “there is fullness of joy.” By adopting us for His own glory, God opens our eyes to see that we were made to worship Him and find joy in His presence. We really have so much to be thankful for!

PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.