Friday, December 13, 2013

Stop Trying

Right off the bat, I want to counter that title and will use a quote from our past pastor:  "It's always too soon to quit!"  But our trying is not what is our faith and the power of God that works the wonders we want! 

This Word walk comes from Ephesians.  The plan since 'before time' has been to gather us into puts us there.  In fact, when we believe in Jesus, our eternal life begins immediately.  That life is above, in the heavenly realm...our job and our joy is to bring into the daily realm so others can see HIS glory. 

Unsearchable depths!
The passage today has depths and beauty impossible for words--or minds--to fully grasp, so we'll start with the same prayer Paul gave for his readers:

"May the Father of glory give wisdom and revelation knowledge of Himself."  Remember, Jesus said that knowing God is eternal life.  Paul says that knowledge has a purpose:  understanding and knowing the hope of the calling we have; the riches of our inheritance and the power for those who believe.  All that knowing is amazing but here's a greater truth:  the riches are unsearchable; we will never know them all AND the love of God outdoes every piece of knowledge. 

The destiny God desires for everyone is a destination of being IN Christ that every blessing will be ours.  We can not create that destiny by or for ourselves.  It is His grace, His power and His will that produces that.  And it is more fully enjoyed through and with others!

I feel like I say this a lot, but really, this is one of my favorite passages (Ephesians 3:16-21).  Soak in it, enjoy it!

(I pray) He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit,  that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love,  that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.  Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power working in us, to Him be the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.


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