15. Ephesians 1:1-3 Introduction~The Blessings of Redemption XV.
December 4, 2017
This is a repost because of about rebellious nature.
Ephesians 1: 1 “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 GRACE to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST,” (NASB)
This is one of the most important revelations from God’s written Word. We are Blessed right here and now. Being that this letter was circulated throughout the churches in Asia Minor, they all received the knowledge and understanding of WHERE their blessings were located (IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES), and the source of those blessings (IN CHRIST), and we are IN HIM. This is just as true now as it was then. I’m always grieved deeply in my spirit when I see Believers on Facebook passing around these little messages that say, “Pass this prophecy or verse to twelve contacts that you really care about, and then back to me, then you’ll receive a financial blessing within the next hour, just type Amen and pass it on”. My second Pastor said it best; “The difference between ignorance and stupidity is…ignorance can learn.”
Often Christians allow themselves to get duped into believing and participating in some of the most asinine practices on this planet, like type Amen. Like it or not, I purposely gear my post toward believers who might be ignorant of what The Word of God says, teaching them not to build the foundation of their faith on sand. There is nothing wrong with being ignorant about something, whether something in heaven or on earth. Because an ignorant person is just unaware of certain information, which will make them more open-minded and can learn, but a fool…not so much. When I was very young in The LORD, The Holy Spirit led me to the book of Proverbs, where I read in 1: 22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” It didn’t take me a New York minute to realize that I did not want to be a fool. This high school dropout did a complete 180 right there on the spot. You see empty vessels can be filled, but vessels that are full of it cannot. So my advice to all of my Facebook friends or whoever might read this blog. Do not pass these chain letter so-called blessings to your friends and loved ones because you become culpable in stupidity. You can see for yourselves, according to The Word of God, you are already blessed with every blessing heaven has to offer. If you continue to look elsewhere to receive what God has already provided for you, it will not end well for you. LetLet me be blunt about this, I think it pisses God off when people purposely refuse to study the word of God and find out what the Bible says On Any Given subject. You are a Believer, so believe God for your blessings IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST.
Proverbs 18: 22 “It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.” The application of the word “rich” in that verse is subjective. There are so many ways a person can be made rich. For instance, if you were a billionaire, how would that verse apply to you? Many refuse to take into account that it’s not always about money. Some Christian billionaires are lonely with multiple psychological issues. They can be spiritually bankrupt, in fact we all were spiritually bankrupt BC were we not? When we quote “my God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory” does it ever occur to you that you may be in need of the ability to show mercy and forgiveness? On the other hand, maybe you do need to be a billionaire because you have the heart of a giver, without expecting anything in return. If that’s you, then our Father will fill your storehouses to overflowing, His blessing are “according to His riches in glory”, not according to our greed, but our need.
Isaiah 55:11 “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” The King James says it “will prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” So it occurs to me that He’s calling the shots, not these dumb Facebook post telling you to type Amen to receive your blessing. I know that many will not appreciate this message. Some fool, according to the Book of Proverbs will think themselves smart by posting one of those type amen and be bless messagesed after reading this post, proving themselves to be stupid while well thinking you’re being smart. However, God God make himself real to those who make that 180 proving themselves to be wise.
Our Heavenly Father, because of His great love for us has already blessed us with everything He has. If it’s not in His Son Christ Jesus it doesn’t exist. We know, that when He speaks something into existence there is nothing in all creation capable of stopping it. If He says we are blessed with every spiritual blessing IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST there’s nothing more to be said. Psalms 110: 89 “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.” To be continued…