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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
We Are God's Heirs!
This week in Ephesians we are learning that, not only are we chosen and anointed people, but we are God's heirs!
Ephesians 1:18-19 "May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power."
God's heirs...God, almighty and all-powerful is our Father and we are His heirs!
Isn't that mind-boggling? Can you imagine what that means? God, through Jesus' sacrifice, has made us his heirs and, through the Holy Spirit, we can tap into the power of God, we can be conduits of His power...all for His glory of course.
Have you ever been present at a place where the Holy Spirit is at work? Have you ever felt the awesome power of God at work? I have been to worship services and healing services and the Holy Spirit's presence was there, you could feel as if the whole roof would lift off the building because God's power could not be contained!
This Word comes at a particularly appropriate time for me, personally. For some time now, I have felt God's prompting to step out in faith and move out of the comfortable place that I am in. Reading these words moved something in my spirit that seems to confirm the direction that God wants me to move in.
I can tell you, honestly, that when God wants you to do something, two things will happen. Your spirit will never be at rest until you acknowledge Him and the enemy of your soul will do everything that he can to distract you from God's true purpose.
God gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit, not for ourselves, but for others. He gives us these gifts so we can use them to help to build His Kingdom. Sometimes we hold back out of fear or doubt. This Word tells me that God power is "extraordinarily great" and that He exercises this for me, His heir, in accordance "with the strength of his power".
How can there be fear and doubt in that? We serve an omnipotent God who promises us that we can do all things through Christ, who promises to be with us always. His call is for all of us...He wants ALL of His children to be with Him forever.
As His heirs we have a responsibility to help build His Kingdom. We are called in various ways...evangelical and missionary work, healing, counselling, teaching and countless other ways. The workings of the Spirit are vast and as we are reminded in 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 "There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving but it is always the same Lord."
We use these gifts to serve Him... for His glory, not our own.
My friends, I ask you to pray for me as I surrender to the Lord and seek to be obedient to Him. I also pray for each of you that you will discern His will and, as His heir, you too will know what His call is for you in building His Kingdom.
Posted by Lisa Maria at 9:13 AM