By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: Ephesians 1:1-14
Scripture Quote: “I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)
We are blessed in Christ and have all the benefits of knowing God. As adopted children, chosen for salvation, we have every spiritual blessing - God’s forgiveness, insight, the fruit of the Spirit, power to do God’s will and the hope of eternity with Jesus. Those Christians, who pursue an intimate relationship with Christ on a daily basis, can have all these spiritual blessings now. They are not supposed to be seen as some far off prize but as our treasure here on earth.
We can know without any doubt that we are set free from the law and from death and have become pure and holy in Christ – No condemnation awaits us. We will be made alive at the resurrection to sit with Christ in the heavenly realms. We are deemed justified through Christ and can come with joyful freedom and confidence into God’s presence. How can we ever stop praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Meditation for the day: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me. Break me! Melt me! Mold me! Fill me! Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” David Iverson
Memory Verse: “And now God is building you, as living stones, into His spiritual temple.” I Peter 2:5 (NLT)