ephesians 1:15-23

ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere

I have not stopped thanking God for you.

I pray for you constantly asking God the glorious father of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called, His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for those who believe Him.

this is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else not only in this world but also in the world to come.

God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

and the church is His body, it is made  full and complete by Christ who fills all things everywhere with Himself.

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our love for God is expressed in how we demonstrate love to people in the way we think about them, the way we act towards them and what we speak to them.

if we treat them with respect we are following in the footsteps of Christ and being a true and pure reflection of His heart.

we must be careful to daily strengthen our faith by filling our hearts and minds with God’s word.

yes even a weak faith can move mountains but it is more susceptible to attacks of the enemy so the more we build up our spirit man or the Christ like consciousness inside of us of a soul that has been redeemed from the enemy’s schemes the easier we will find it to fight against the enemy.

He will come against us harder and harder and change his tactics on us all the time but the more we have hidden God’s word in our hearts the easier we will find it not to sin against our Lord and master Jesus.

I will be the first to admit I have plenty of time on my hands yet I don’t use enough of it wisely to get on my knees and go to war on behalf of my friends and family who are in need of salvation, financial assistance, protection from abuse or help in other forms of crisis.

praise God that we have Jesus our advocate pleading before His father day and night on our behalf to show us grace and mercy even though we don’t deserve it and yes that includes the man who works in an orphanage all his life as well as the lady who sells her body on the street cos she doesn’t have a college education or enough food to fill her family’s starving bellies in a country which doesn’t have any welfare state to drip feed her needs.

the glory of the father is reflected in God’s son and vice versa.

we see every dad and mum beams with pride when their little one achieves something cos it makes them look good by association.

we do not know about the blood sweat and tears sleepless nights and financial sacrifices behind those achievements.

how much more pride then would the heavenly father take in His heavenly son in the accomplishments of His miracles or the bloody wonder of salvation of all mankind achieved on the cross?

there are not enough books in history as john has previously reminded us in his gospel to write down all the amazing events that occurred at the hands of Jesus which defied rational explanation or the ability to explain away with logic how they naturally took place.

we need the practical wisdom of how to feed clothe dress ourselves and in dire straits build ourselves shelters out of raw materials and start a fire to hunt and gather yet we must not neglect our dire need for spiritual wisdom in every passing moment.

this is how we navigate the treacherous waters of relationships with God always at the helm guiding us towards tranquil streams.

there is no better way for us to grow in our knowledge of God than by talking to Him and reading His word letting it  talk to us and communicate with our spirits HIs truth and higher purpose for our lives which is more exalted than anything we can conjure up on our own outside His help.

it isn’t actually possible to live without being helped by God cos we wouldn’t  be breathing and our hearts wouldn’t be beating otherwise.

in this modern world it must be stressed that hope should be inseparable from confidence.

too often we see hope misused as a word of uncertainty as if somehow faith is a stronger expression of a guarantee for example we sign our name to a contract in good faith that the person we are signing it for will carry out what they have promised to us and fulfil it.

yet hope has been spending just as much time as the gym.

we should never discount it.

remember faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.

so without hope faith has no substance.

without faith we are hopeless cases all of us.

I love the visual imagery of being flooded with light.

may we all be stunning floodlights for Christ.

may the evidence of His presence abiding in us made increasingly manifest in all we say and do.

may we fall deeper in love with Him every day and put His love on clear display in the lives of everyone we meet.

if they wonder why we look so indomitably happy it is because we have chosen not to retreat from our faith but to plunge ourselves ever deeper in the river of His love regardless of circumstances.

we just keep our eyes fixed on king Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

in truth we are all called by God but not everyone picks up the telephone.

some say they are too busy for Jesus but in truth we are too busy not to turn to Him cos He lightens our load- remember His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

He says come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.

He promises us that in this world there will be trouble but we should not worry for He has overcome the world.

we overcome the world by the blood of the lamb and the word of our  testimony.

He is there helping to carry the burden that weighs down our shoulders, be it family responsibilities, hunger, poverty, homelessness or a bad reputation we just cant seem to shake by our own strength.

the word of God says many are called but few are chosen.

we have all been chosen to be God’s children but not everyone decides to invite HIm into their hearts and become a part of His family.

more’s the pity.

what a terrible tragedy to rob yourself of eternity with our magnificent creator to bathe forever in the glory of His presence.

it is wonderful to think that for Christ He does not consider material things to be His inheritance as we often do but us even in our frail fragile mortal state are considered to be His inheritance.

that is so wonderful to think He has claimed us as an investment in His future and ours that He sees a pay off in us a reward for His suffering on the cross.

all the time He was up there He was thinking of those who would love Him as a result of knowing Him intimately.

in every waking moment of His time on earth and even now as He dwells in heaven and the hearts of all who believe ( a profound mystery) you are on His mind.

let us also perceive Him as the reward the awaits us beyond this life not just the place of heaven but the face of the one who owns and created it.

the heart that ever bleeds with love for us and cries with longing for our closeness and rejoices with great exuberance over every sinner who repents becoming a winner on team Jesus.

it is hard for our minds to comprehend the power that lies within us when we choose to accept Christ in our hearts.

it is possible that we are not utilizing it to its full potential otherwise we would see miracles happening all over the place in greater measure than its already occurring.

the more people catch this truth of His power that lies within us if we decide to follow Him the more we will see the dead being raised the sick healed and the demon possessed being liberated becoming a daily occurrence just as in the days of the early church the number of Christians increased with each new set of twenty four hours that appeared beyond the dawning days horizon.

God’s power working through Himself caused Himself in son of God form to be transported into heaven and placed back upon His throne in heaven.

He caused Himself to be risen from the dead and His power enables us to meet Him in the air when He returns to take us home.

some folks will tell you that God stopped working miracles with the conclusion of the book of acts but in truth the book of acts is an unfinished book.

God is working n the lives of those who believe in every single second that slips through our fingers.

once we decide to follow Him let us never slip through His.

when our faith is being oppressed when we are facing persecution for what we believe when we are mocked by our workmates and the voice of the antagonist attempting to drill inside our skull with his evil thoughts its easy to forget who is in control of the universe.

it has been and will always be God.

He stands unrivalled without equal .

there is no foe which matches His ability to stand guard over this world, to protect it from harm and to cause it to reflect His glory.

there is no being in the universe that is able to take  care of every single problem simultaneously either with the declaration of His mouth or the power of His hands and breath.

that’s why He is supreme above all other things living or dead animal vegetable or mineral demon angel or human.

everything in creation has been placed under Gods feet.

the authority has been handed down from His father to son self.

we benefit as the body of Christ from His place of Lordship and headship over us both in the ways His power flows through us and how He provides comfort to us when this world makes us weep and guidance when we need a way out of the trap of our problems or we need to know how to avoid falling into them in the first place.

He makes us look good by association with Him.

in fact we can have no goodness outside of Him whatever our religion or personal convictions may suggest to the contrary.

my second cousin was known to remark that it’s not fair to say that morality cannot exist outside of a relationship with Jesus.

it may not be fair but it’s true for He is the one that is our moral compass who we can rely on as a valuable source of information and inspiration and navigation .

we cannot always depend on our conscience cos it can be bent like a reed in the wind when society dictates a moral direction that is the opposite of God’s intended design for us.

we need a source beyond ourselves both to validate our existence and to keep it on track so we do not stumble into self deceit nor confuse and doom others in our misguided expressions of self or internal bondage.

perhaps the reason why we may lack the feeling of fullness and completion or total satisfaction is dual.

while we are in this body there will always be a longing for heaven within us a divine discontentment He has placed there to get us to hunger and thirst for HIm, for HIs righteousness and its complete expression beyond the grave or in the world to come when He recreates the totality of all that is and ever will be.

the other reason is because we find a greater measure of pleasure from the strength we find together in the building of each other as the body of Christ.

we are co labourers in the harvesting of souls.

we must never think one part of the body is more important or significant than the other.

pastors, ushers, window cleaners and toilet flushers all have their key role to play in the advancement of God’s kingdom here on earth.

in seeing the wealth in others we must also view the treasure of eternal life spent under His wings in the realm of paradise.

it is a marvel to consider that all things are filled with Christ even those who have chosen to reject Him or who remain ignorant of Him.

though they are filled with Him in a different way to those who believe.

they are not active members of His body more like dormant volcanoes.

they do not know the power He has placed within them or they know it exists but they do not credit the source.

it is only in Him that dwells that fullness of the Godhead bodily.

and it is only when we accept Him in our hearts and become a part of His body that He is able to offer us a piece of Himself or the completing peace He gives us when we allow HIM to sit upon the throne of our hearts and govern our thoughts and decisions.

God has hidden eternity in our hearts.

we all have the ability to cry out to Him and make HIm Lord of our lives but sadly not all have chosen to do so.

it is never too late until your last breath to turn away from your wicked ways and avoid burning in hell but who wants to take the chance that this next second to arrive in your life might be your last and your ship has sailed to join in covenant with the great I am, the lamb of God who sees and knows all and loves you unconditionally and wants His agape love to become a part of you as you become a part of Him and breathe in His essence.

to walk in HIs will is to obtain freedom from the chains of enslavement sin locks us in.

in Him we live and move and have our being.

never forget that He wants you to live in abundance and when you depart from this planet His deepest desire is that you wake up in His arms.

unless of course He returns before you get that chance 😉

 

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