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“… and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:22-23

The same power of God which exalted the risen Christ Jesus to God’s right hand and placed all things under His authority is also at work in us, members of Christ’s body through faith in Him. In Christ our head, who fills all in all, we are also given victory over all our enemies and are raised up to share with Him in the glories of His everlasting kingdom.

Open my eyes, O Lord, to Your Spirit’s mighty working in me through Your Word to give me faith in Christ my Savior and to make me a partaker of the glories of Christ’s everlasting kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

God’s love for the world, for each and every one of us, is demonstrated in this: that He sent His only-begotten Son to die on the cross and bear the full punishment for our sins, with the desire and intent that we would repent of our sinful ways and place our faith in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross and not be condemned to the eternal fires of hell but receive God’s mercy, forgiveness and life everlasting!

O gracious and loving God, grant me faith to trust in Christ Jesus for pardon, forgiveness and life eternal. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“… And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come … Ephesians 1:19-21

Have you considered the greatness of God’s power at work in us as believers to raise us from spiritual darkness and death and preserve in us true faith and life? It is the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the right hand of God the Father in His heavenly kingdom, to a position far above all rule and authority, power and might, and every name that is named in both this world and in the next.

Thank You, dear Father, for raising me up from spiritual death to life by bringing me to know and trust in Christ Jesus, my Savior. Open my eyes that I may see Your mighty power at work through Your Word to preserve me in the true faith and to raise me up unto life everlasting. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints …” Ephesians 1:17-18

The Apostle Paul prayed that God the Father would enlighten the eyes of the Ephesian believers so that they would know and understand the hope of God’s calling and the rich inheritance awaiting them in heaven for the sake of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world.

Open my eyes, Lord Jesus, that I might begin to grasp the riches You purchased for me when You shed Your holy and precious blood on the cross for the sins of all. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers …” Ephesians 1:15-16

Do you give thanks to God for bringing others to faith in Christ Jesus? St. Paul continually gave thanks to God for graciously bringing the Ephesian believers to faith in Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel. And it is a mighty miracle of God when He sends forth His Word and the Spirit and raises those who are spiritually dead to spiritual life by bringing them to see and repent of their sinful ways and look to Christ and His cross for mercy and forgiveness!

Thank You, Lord, for raising me up from death to life through the hearing of Your Word, and thank You for working mightily through the preaching of the Gospel to grant faith and life to all my fellow believers. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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