Monday, August 13

The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to make sure you choose at least one of the five. 

Ephesians 1:1-10

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will:

To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

 

Summary:

This is one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture. Paul tells us: before the earth was formed, he loved me, blessed me, and chose me through Jesus Christ. Jesus was the plan to unite everything back to perfection from the very beginning. We receive grace and mercy in an extravagant quantity because God chose to do so through His Son, Jesus. This is a clear example of God loving a sinful world! Hallelujah, what a Savior!

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for being mindful of me. Thank you for your love, your blessings, and your kindness that you have shown towards me through Jesus. May I live today blessing the God and Father who has blessed me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

 

Reflection:

  • Do you place the same value on yourself as God places on you?
  • Choosing you before the foundation of the world to “lavish” you in blessings. How does it feel to have value in the eyes of our Father?

 

Pick Four More Activities

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  • Listen and Worship.
  • Pray a Psalm.
  • Read a Book.
  • Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
  • Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
  • Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
  • Memorize a Verse.
  • List Five Things You're Thankful For.
  • Encourage Somebody.
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