How does Paul introduce himself to the believers in Ephesus? What did the Father decide to do long before he laid down the foundations of the earth?

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1 July 27 Ephesians 1:1-6 (MSG) I, Paul, am under God s plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish giftgiving by the hand of his beloved Son. How does Paul introduce himself to the believers in Ephesus? What did the Father decide to do long before he laid down the foundations of the earth? Paul introduces himself as a special agent of Jesus Christ to bring God's people a special message, full of grace and peace. The message the Father has given him starts with your spiritual adoption. God decided you would be the focus of his love even before he created the earth. He wants you to enter into the blessing and inheritance that is yours by being his child. He wants you to be made whole and holy in his love. All this is yours if you choose to submit to God as your Father. The fullness of being a child of God isn't necessarily received when you are saved. You can be saved, filled with the Spirit, attend church regularly and still have an orphan mindset. The benefits of being a child of God are only truly realized when you submit to him as your father and accept his love. Ask the Father to reveal his great love to you. Submit yourself to his rule and reign and you will enter his blessings.

2 July 28 Ephesians 1:7-10 (MSG) Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we re a free people free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. How free are you if you've received the sacrifice of the Messiah on the cross? According to God's plans, how will everything work out in the end? God has an incredible plan for your life. He gave his Son to die on the cross as a substitute sacrifice for your sins. Jesus, his Son, rose from the dead three days later. Because of his death and resurrection, you are completely free from all your sins and past. Isn't that amazing? However, God's plan doesn't end there. That is just the beginning! God wants to lead you through your whole life. He wants to be a part of everything you do. He wants to talk to you all the time. He wants to help you through your troubles. He wants to strengthen you when the storms of life come against you, and he wants you to know you have a purpose. Your purpose is all about you serving the Father completely and living for what has eternal value. If you belong to Jesus, you BELONG to Jesus. You submit to his mission for your life. When you submit, you have an incredible peace that comes all over you. You don't have to prove anything. You don't have to make anything happen. You are truly FREE! The great thing about God's plan for your life is that he tells you how everything is going to end up. Everything is going to be brought together and summed up in God. Why wait till the end to make him the center of everything? Sell out to him completely. He died for you in order for you to live for him. Give up on trying to lead God. Follow him. That s freedom.

3 July 29 Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG) It s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. In whom is your 'identity' found? God designed you for what purpose? God made you with purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You aren't a mistake or a biological blunder. You've been made for glorious living. You were part of God s overall purpose since the beginning of time. You're a person of great value to God the Father. It's in Christ that you discover all this. When you surrender your life to his mission, you'll find there's more to life than just getting your own way. God has a plan for you. It's a plan that has eternal importance and he's been working on it from the beginning of time. There's no need to be afraid or insecure today. God is in control. He is working out his purposes in everything and everyone. He loves you and he's called you with a significant calling. If you surrender to his mission for your life, he will tell you what it is and empower you to accomplish it. There is no greater fulfillment in life than to please the Father and accomplish the plans you were created to do. Tell God you will do anything and everything he wants you to do, and then ask him for today's assignment. I ll bet it has something to do with receiving the Father's love and giving it away to others who need it. July 30 Ephesians 1:13-14 (MSG) It s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what s coming, a reminder that we ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. In whom do you find yourself home free? Who works in you so that you can be brought before God s presence? Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave to set you free from sin and death. You receive this forgiveness and freedom when you believe in him

4 and surrender your life to his rule and reign. When you trust in the Lord for your salvation you are forgiven and cleansed, but that's not all. The Holy Spirit himself comes to live inside of you. The Holy Spirit lives in you to lead, comfort, and convict you of sin. He is the spiritual deposit given to you to remind you that the Father is going to make good on all his promises. God isn't going to abandon you at death. He is going to bring you into his presence and give you a new body and you will be with him forever in perfection. Until that day comes, the Holy Spirit is in you to remind you every day that the Father loves you. He is with you right now to speak to you and help you through every situation in life. You matter to the Father. You are a treasured child of God and He is watching over you. That doesn't mean everything in life will be easy. It just means you'll never have to face anything alone. The Holy Spirit isn't just with you; he lives inside of you. Listen to his voice today and remember YOU ARE LOVED! July 31 Ephesians 1:15-19 (MSG) That s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn t stop thanking God for you every time I prayed, I d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him endless energy, boundless strength! What two things had Paul heard concerning the church at Ephesus? What does Paul ask God to do for the Ephesian believers? Paul is encouraging the church at Ephesus. He commends them for their solid trust in God and their generous flow of love towards each other. He says that every time he prays he gives thanks to God for them. But, he doesn't just thank God. He also asks the Father to open their eyes so they can see the depths of God's love and power. He wanted them to experience even more of God and get a greater revelation of their inheritance as children of God. This is my prayer as well. I pray that we would be faithful to do all we know to do. I pray that we would be strong in our faith, and that we love God in every way possible. I pray that we would pour out God's love on all the people we come in contact with each day. But, I'm also praying that God would open our hearts and

5 minds so we could have greater revelation of his love and power. I want to experience even more of the Father's love for me. I pray that you will know exactly what the Father is calling you to do, and that you would grasp the immensity of how awesome it is to live for him. Do you know how great of a life he has for you when you submit and follow him? It's his desire to do an extravagant work inside of you a work that will give you supernatural energy and strength. Oh, that God would open our eyes to see how much more we can have in him! That is my prayer today. God, open the eyes of OUR hearts so we can see what we are missing in you. Give us clear vision to see the depths of your love and the ability to receive more of it.

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