20 Nov 2012

That our eyes might see!

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:18-21

Do you view this Biblical prayer as belonging only to those Christians who have achieved some higher (or perhaps, deeper) level than yourself? Or does it just seem too religious, maybe too ethereal? My friends, if you belong to Christ, the reality of this prayer has everything to do with YOU. Don't let the religious mind cause you to avoid it. Don't let the pious shame you because of their "spirituality." Don't let any person convince you that you are simply unworthy. In Christ, worth is no longer an issue, for he has already made you worthy through his achievement. What am I suggesting? That you stand in HIS worthiness ... which has been made YOUR worthiness.

Because our God has already "blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3) - which includes every amazing detail recorded in the next ten verses - the apostle Paul could go no further without expressing how he spoke to his father about those who are so blessed. And what does he pray, that they would get busy and do their part, that they should be shamed into a life of dedication or service? Far from it. If he was here today, he would tell us the same thing. And since he is not here, I'm going to pass it on to you. I ask the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to enlighten you as to the riches of the life in which we now live. For Christ is your life, and the same power that raised him from the dead is actively working in you, whether you realize it or not. I don't encourage you to look for the reality of this working according to outward appearance, for that is the realm of the fleshly mind. And that mind would have you chasing after what looks spiritual rather than what is spiritual.

I would have you know the hope of his calling, which is the expectation of his working within you whom he has called out of darkness. I would have you know the riches of the glory of HIS inheritance in those he has made his own. Do you hear that? HE has an inheritance in US. That should make your head spin! And I would have you know the earth-shattering power toward YOU, you who believe in his son. My friends, don't let anyone cheat you out of knowing how much God has a stake in YOU.

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I am sincere in what I say, I think. My issue is, as I have stated elsewhere, that I don't realize any of this. It sounds really nice to my mind, only that it does not have a real substance to it within me. I think you know what I mean. After many failures I am now assured that I cannot begin to change this. I am weak and vile as I am. Though it may only appear this way, I really don't find anything else on the basis of which to evaluate myself unto a different conclusion.

I write often, and I write words that sound good, like Paul's, but their source is shallow and unreal, with no substance.

Why isn't God enlightening all of us, why is there always the need to ask in such a pathetic, weak and desperate manner for something that we don't even understand, for we have no prior basis upon which to even imagine what we're asking for?

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Why isn't God enlightening all of us, why is there always the need to ask in such a pathetic, weak and desperate manner for something that we don't even understand, for we have no prior basis upon which to even imagine what we're asking for?

Thank God we have no prior basis upon which to imagine it! Georgi, someone has convinced you that you are still pathetic, desperate and that you have no real substance ... and you believe it. Why? Because according to outward appearance these things may be the only possible conclusion. You are not who you have been convinced you are. I can tell you that between your words, I hear the heart of a child of God. And no, it's not because your words sound so good, it's something more to do with the fact that they don't. But they are real, and you have never been one to try and impress me. If I am impressed in anything, it is that I hear life despite your doubts and fears.

Jim

Georgi, my dearest brother. I see too what you are conveying[experiencing] and it is VERY common I assure you. As Jim said- it is our looking to the outward man that gets us thrown off in this whole thing. We have been tricked into seeking that which has it’s knowledge, substance and reason from the things that we can understand NATURALLY.[in the flesh] God aint in that! The fact is that God can not be understood there nor can his inheritance in you be found there. Though this seemingly puts us in a helpless predicament,[and it does]it is actually set up this way purposely by God. For Paul to pray for the Ephesians in this way is the same for Jim to do the same for you and I. For through the cloud of fleshly thinking stands the substance of Christ living in us. We need God to see it and we have been told that we can achieve this through efforts. God has not left you in this, He is revealing it even now. It just doesn;’t SEEM that way. The consolation is that there is nothing especially wrong with you! YOu are not a problem case! You are a child of the living God who is learning what it means to walk by faith in a world that can NOT see Him. He may be showing just how MUCH this reality stands true. Adam I /we wonder the same things all the time brother!

It's a good encouragement. There isn't anyone else to share with. I think you know why.

Because it is a mystery revealed to us. ADAM

Thank you! Such a blessing. Posted it on my Facebook page! Love u!

Wonderful encouragement, Jim and Adam!  Wonderful! clap

Mary

"Christ in You, the Hope"

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