Resurrection Living – Seeing with Spiritual Eyes - Wednesday, April 4th
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. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:18-22
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Let’s begin today with these words from our passage, “that you will know.” It is extremely important that we don’t limit the word “know” to its most common usage, which is “knowing about” something. In “knowing about” something we are dealing merely with information or facts. You hear a weather report that calls for rain, so you “know” it’s going to rain and you take your umbrella with you. Let say you go to work and leave your umbrella in the car. At the end of your work day it is pouring down rain and by the time you get to your car you are soaked through by the rain. Now you “know” the rain way beyond “knowing about” the rain. So, on the one hand we have information or facts about rain and on the other hand we have experienced the rain.
When it comes to our Christian lives we often do not experience the truth we know. In other words we know Scriptural truths but they are unlived. It’s like God rains down spiritual realities upon us but we stay safely under our umbrella of cognitive knowing and keep ourselves from getting soaked through by the spiritual realities Scriptural truths are intended to generate. This problem is ageless and lies at the heart of the apostle Paul’s request, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” In order for us to put down our umbrellas and get soaked through by the rain, we need God’s intervention in answer to this prayer.
There are three things that the apostle Paul prays we will know in the way we have just talked about: “the hope of his calling” (1:3-4), “the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (1:11-14), and the surpassing greatness of his power toward us who believe” (3:16-21). In essence we at talking about becoming “holy” in our actual experience, becoming “the praise of his glory” in our actual experience, and becoming a recipient of his “power” in our actual experience. Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your heart to these spiritual realities as you prayerfully consider them in conjunction with the passages given. May you be soaked through by them and go forward experiencing them consistently and fully day by day.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I see and I see you! The spiritual rain that has soaked me through is you as well as the spiritual realities of what you have for me to experience through my experiencing you. I also see that all of this is the out working of your abounding and unfailing love for me. Thank you that you are producing resurrection life in me through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Posted on Wed, April 4, 2018
by Ken Hart