Lavished with Grace

This Sunday we continued our series in Ephesians by taking a fresh look at the endless blessings poured out upon the children of God. Our hearts were awakened to the revelation of the good news, the forgiveness of sin, and our redemption as sons and daughters. Despite hardship, persecution, and rejection we learned Paul was overcome with gratitude for all Christ accomplished and freely gave.

Holy Spirit, make us a people of praise who cannot help but celebrate your name. 

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

An Exercise of Gratitude

Read Ephesian 1:3-10. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you lay aside anxiety, daily stress, and distracting thoughts. Confess that you need His help to do this. As you wait on Him begin to meditate on the spiritual blessings that have been freely given to you in Christ.

  • Forgiveness of sin
  • Freedom from destructive thoughts and patterns
  • Grace to forgive others
  • Wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit
  • Power to chose life
  • Authority to heal the sick

And the list goes on!

We ended our time on Sunday by coming to the Lord’s table and remembering His sacrifice on the cross and victory over sin and death. No greater gift can be given than that of eternal life!

Consider carving out a time to meet with Jesus and celebrate the Lord’s supper. Whether with friends, family, or alone in a peaceful space, there is an invitation waiting for you to encounter the lavish grace of an abundantly good God.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

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