Daily Devotional

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…

Have you heard the sweet old hymn called “Count Your Blessings?” The opening stanza has some really good advice. It reminds us: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

That’s essentially what Paul does in the Book of Ephesians! In 1:3, he makes the extraordinary claim that God has blessed us with “every spiritual blessing” in the heavenly realms. And then he goes on to describe those blessings throughout the epistle:
•He chose us in him before the foundation of the world (1:4)
•He made us holy and blameless before him (1:4)
•He predestined us in love for adoption as his sons and daughters (1:5)
•He redeemed us through Christ’s blood (1:7)
•He forgave our trespasses (1:7; 4:32)
•He lavished the riches of his grace upon us (1:7-8)
•He made known to us the mystery of his will (1:9)
•He gave us an inheritance (1:11)
•He predestined us according to the purpose of his own will (1:11)
•He sealed us with the Holy Spirit (1:13; 4:30)
•He made us alive together with Christ (2:5, 8)
•He saved us by grace (2:5)
•He raised us up and seated us with Christ in the heavenly places (2:6)
•He prepared our good works in advance for us (2:10)
•He united Jews and Gentiles together into one new man (2:14-15; cf. 3:6)
•He made us fellow citizens with the saints (2:19)
•He made us members of the household of God (2:19)
•He gave each one of us spiritual gifts (4:7)
•He gave us leaders to equip the saints for the work of ministry (4:11-12)
•And he gave us the full armor of God (6:10-17)

So no matter how you feel today – or what your circumstances are – count your blessings, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
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