Thursday, March 15, 2018

“Prospects, Plenty, and Power”

"Prospects, Plenty, and Power"

     Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ always possess spiritual prospects, plenty, and power.  The Apostle Paul prayed that we might realize such Christ-supplied grace "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead" (Ephesians 1:17-20).

    Through the Lord Jesus, we always have hope, provision, and enabling of the heart.  However, such abundance often does not appear to be available in our present earthly existence.  Outward supplies and actions on our behalf ebb and flow according to God's wisdom and purposes.  Inward bestowals of grace, conversely, present themselves continually to those who will see by faith the Lord's presence, involvement, and working.  Thus, we must pray for others and for ourselves that we will realize and affirm the "all spiritual blessings" bestowed upon us (Ephesians 1:3).  "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24).  Our Lord's present focus involves our heart.  Therein we can always have hope.  Therein the peace of God abides in Person of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  And therein the same power that raised the Lord Jesus from the dead teems with the life that enables us to trust and walk with God regardless of circumstance, situation, or condition.  We must know the reality of such ever-present grace, even as Paul prayed for the Ephesians that the Lord would enlighten the eyes of their understanding.

    For more than three decades, the incarnate God walked the dusty and blood-stained paths of a fallen world.  "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).  However, even those closest to Him failed to realize the glory of such abundant grace.  "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11).  The Lord Jesus still walks on those paths, albeit through the spiritual presence of the Holy Spirit and His spiritual presence in the hearts of those who believe.  May God grant much grace that we receive Him in terms of realizing and affirming His walking and working among us.  These are our prospects, our hope.  This is our plenty, God's promise of abundant spiritual riches for a full heart.  Present is the power for enabling to live in the faith and faithfulness that sees the Light shining in the darkness.  Let us open our eyes, the eyes of our hearts, to see in this moment the Christ who is everything we need Him to be…

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end, Amen."
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

Weekly Memory Verse
    If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
(Galatians 5:25)

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