Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec 12 - Ephesians 1:3-11,2:10

In Christ's Love,
a guy who's writing
today's devotional
Lately I've come to understand that properly understanding our identity is the key to health, hope, peace, and joy in life.
  • We tend to believe what the imperfect world says.
  • We tend to trust the evaluation of imperfect parents.
  • We compare ourselves to others. If we think too highly of ourselves, we call this pride.
  • More often, we think too negatively about ourselves. Why? Because somebody's always smarter, prettier, slimmer, faster, richer, or more popular. Therefore, we suffer in comparison.
The simplest statement of our true identity -- that will hopefully defeat tapes that play and replay discouragement and defeat -- come from Ephesians 1:3-11.
God reminds us through his holy Word that we are: blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, destined, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, lavished up, an inheritor, and a masterpiece.
3 Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 just as he chose us in Christ
before the foundation of the world
to be holy and blameless before him in love.
5 He destined us for adoption
as his children through Jesus Christ,
according to the good pleasure of his will.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace
8 that he lavished on us.
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance.
having been destined according to the purpose
of him who accomplishes all things
according to his counsel and will.
2:10 For we are God's masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus ...
Ephesians 1:3-11,2:10

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