Your Father recorded in His Word the intention of His pleasure in you. Hear and receive His heart for you in Ephesians 1:5-14 (paraphrased from NLT and personalized for you).
5 God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt you into His own family by bringing you to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure. 6 So praise God for the wonderful kindness He has poured out on you, because you belong to His dearly loved Son.
7-8 He is so rich in kindness that He purchased your freedom through the blood of His Son, and your sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on you, along with all wisdom and understanding.
9-10 God’s plan has now been revealed to you; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to His good pleasure. At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ, everything in heaven and on earth.
11-13 Furthermore, because of Christ, you have received an inheritance from God, for He chose you from the beginning. God’s purpose was that you who trust in Christ should praise your glorious God. When you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago.
14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give you everything He promised and that He purchased you to be His own. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.
This, beloved one, is the pleasure your heavenly Father has in you. Receive these words your Father speaks to you. Be blessed with being settled in the eternal goodness and kindness of your Father and in the authority of who He is. He has sealed you in His pleasure and for His glory.
Be blessed with the seal of His pleasure and glory in His promised
Holy Spirit, guaranteeing your place in your Father’s heart.
Taken from Safe In The Father’s Heart: Finding The Love You Have Always Wanted, page 110 © 2014 Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter. Click here to learn more and order
For archive of past devotionals: www.thefathersbusiness.com