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No More Fatherless

Day 1: The goodness of God.

Ephesians 1:3-7
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

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God is good! God’s goodness—his kindness—leads us to repentance, to life change. The goodness of God has the power to change your life!

We are forever changed because of this truth. This is why we worship and praise him!

Today, reflect on and praise God who rescued and offered to adopt you. You can praise God with singing, dancing, or even face down on the floor. Just you and him. Praise him out of gratitude today! In your group this week, share about God’s goodness in your own life.

Day 2: Father to the fatherless.

Psalm 68:5
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

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Without God, we find ourselves in a very desperate spiritual condition. We need to embrace our need for a heavenly father.

God chose to be a father to the fatherless and adopt you! Famous theologian J.I. Packer put it like this: “Adoption is the highest privilege of the gospel. The traitor is forgiven, brought in for supper, and given the family name.”

Today, know that you don’t have to have everything figured out, you don’t have to have your life cleaned up or the bible memorized to put all your trust in Jesus and be adopted into the family of God. You just have to know how desperately you really need him and say yes to Jesus. And if you’ve said yes to God’s offer of adoption years ago or days ago, thank him for his glorious grace!

Day 3: Every spiritual blessing.

Ephesians 1:3-4
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

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God is good! In Christ, he has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms—you can have peace in a world starved for peace, hope in a world that seems hopeless, love in a world that’s looking left and right for it, purpose in a world where everyone may seem unsatisfied—and that’s just the beginning!

Maybe today you feel like you don’t have enough money, don’t have enough security, don’t have enough influence, or feel like the world has forgotten you.

Today, know that God has given you access to every spiritual blessing on this side of heaven and thereafter if you’ll receive it. Thank God today for every spiritual blessing he’s given you in Jesus! 

Day 4: Chosen, loved, adopted.

Ephesians 1:5
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

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Before he made the world, even before chaos and mess entered the world and your own life, God chose you, loved you, and offered to adopt you! His love is unconditional!

On our own, we are in a desperate spiritual condition. We are the children that need to be adopted. Until we realize that, the goodness of God won’t make sense.

Today, ask God for a fresh perspective of your true spiritual condition apart from him. Reflect on how God, in his goodness, chose you before the creation of the world and offered to adopt you!

Day 5: Prone to wander.

Psalm 68:6
God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.

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Without God as your heavenly father, who would be there for you? Maybe you have great parents, friends or a spouse in your life, but the reality is that there is a role that is only meant to be filled by your heavenly father.

Our hearts are all prone to wander. But God, in his grace, draws us to him, strengthens us, encourages us, guides us, and offers us hope. As Petie pointed out this past Sunday, recognizing that we are prone to wander is a key step in our spiritual growth. It is here that we see our desperate need for God. Without God, we are lost and without hope.

Today, ask God to give you a deeper understanding of your desperate, daily need for more of your heavenly father.