Knowing our identity as IN CHRIST is essential to loving a life of joy and of power! Paul tells us that we have "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of God's grace". Redemption is such a beautiful word! It means to buy back... to release from captivity... to rescue... It's so meaningful when you consider it in light of Genesis 3:10 where Adam responds to God... "I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid". In one act of rebellion against God, FEAR, GUILT and SHAME became part of the human condition. But Redemption which both a present reality and a future hope reminds us that all that was lost and all that is broken will be restored one day!
Ephesians 1 - 3 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. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
This video is about Living Life Loved... Ephesians 1:3 says "3 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."
What does it mean to be "blessed with every spiritual blessing"?
It's about what God wants FOR you, no FROM you!
This is part one of a new study called LIVE LIFE LOVED! It comes from an amazing question I received from one of our listeners. "What are some practices to help my "unbelief"? The hardest part is living like I'm loved...."
Ephesians 5:1 says, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Notice that we don't imitate God to be loved by God... it starts with the reality that we are already loved! We then strive to look like Jesus, FROM His love not FOR His love. There's a world of difference!
Today, we lay a foundation by comparing a TOURIST with an EXPLORER.
Tourist vs. explorer
Safety vs. assurance that God will not leave
predictability vs. flexibility with the process. It matters!
Comfort vs. a longing for more
Control vs. giving it up
Which one are you?