What a wonderful journey to the Father's blessing this has been! We have learned the value God our Father bestows upon us and the acceptance we experience in Him. We have been called out to deeper waters in learning to grant and accept forgiveness. We have been blessed to realize the impact of God's presence in our lives and His provision for us. Our heavenly Father is faithful; He will never abandon us.
Our questions of – "Am I loved? Am I good enough? Am I liked? Will I fulfill the purpose for my life?" – have all been answered with a resounding "YES!!!"
What should our response be? We need look no further than our original Bible passage:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." (Eph. 1:3-14)
· Circle any phrase in Ephesians 1:3-14 which shows why God the Father has blessed us.
The blessings God has bestowed are "to the praise of His glory" and "to the praise of His glorious grace.” In blessing us, God the Father is true to His own nature as He acts "according to His purpose." Let us act according to the purpose for which He has made us by praising our Father for His good gifts and by walking in them.
· Look back over each week of this study and summarize what you have learned.
· How do you want this to impact your future? Write a prayer below, asking your heavenly Father to help you walk in the truth you have learned.
"Blessed be the God... who has blessed us." (Eph. 1:3)