"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ 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."

// Ephesians 1:3-6

By putting us into Christ and putting His Spirit into us, God has granted us a life that should prompt in us gratitude, praise, thanksgiving, and worship. When we see that God not only chose us, but chose us to live as His beloved ones, in His Beloved, then we cannot help but praise Him. Thanksgiving floods from our hearts, “to the praise of His glorious grace,” and we bless Him, and bless Him profusely. We have been gifted a grace so profound, so glorious, that our only response is to praise, is to see Him as He really is and to laud Him with honor.

It is His love for us, expressed to us in this “glorious grace,” that opens our eyes to see “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” that He has made available to us in Christ. Those blessings are the ones that render us “holy and blameless before Him.” When we’ve truly seen the magnitude of His glorious grace, it will stir us to arise, to seize hold of the gifts of grace extended to us in His hand, and to let Him establish us in holiness and blameless living.

We won’t want or desire sin anymore, as the deception that tied us to those things loses its hold and the magnificent vision of His glorious grace is revealed to the eyes of our hearts. We begin to understand that He chose us before we chose to sin; we begin to see that He predestined us before we sabotaged our destinies with sin; we begin to comprehend the purpose of His will over our lives before we ever had the chance to set our will against His.

There are blessings that establish us in grace, and they litter the heavenly places in which we are sat with Christ. There are blessings that make you and I understand ourselves as the beloveds of God, hidden in His Beloved Son. Every blessing is a gift of the Father to us, and each blessing’s express purpose is to reveal in us in the truth of who we are to Him, because of who He is in us and what He’s done for us in Christ. For every sin, struggle, trial, and even in the valley of the shadow of death, next to each sits a blessing that can root us in our true identity before the Father. Let’s be the wise children of God who abandon sin, fear, or anxiety, by arising to seize the blessings and gifts of God set before us, to establish us in His righteousness.