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.
Everything our Heavenly Father has for us is “gift-wrapped” in Christ.
Many believers often question God’s goodness, especially when they are facing hard times or struggling with their health or finances. They give up their faith after they’ve felt that God didn’t come through for them in the way they had hoped or wanted. It is not because God doesn’t care or seem to hear their prayers, but the truth is that their own fears and insecurity of the future keep them from believing in God and His plan for their lives.
If you have thought of God in this way, quit from your unbelief and start believing in the gospel again. Don’t feed your fear with awful thoughts about God, but starve your fear by believing what God says about you in His Word.
Ephesians 1:3 reveals three connecting truths about your blessed life.
First, you are blessed because you are in Christ. Recognise Jesus as your Source and Supplier of every blessing.
Second, you are already blessed in Christ. Notice how Paul says “blessed” twice in this verse, which means you can’t be more blessed than you already are right now. And to ask God for more blessings when you have already been so blessed is actually unbelief.
Third, your blessings in Christ are already in place. Paul says your blessings “in the heavenly places” are waiting for you to discover and possess.
Unlike the Old Testament characters like Jacob or Jabez who begged God to bless them, you are in a far better position with God because of Christ. Don’t have a poverty mindset but believe that God has already done everything He can to bless you — only believe. God will make all things possible for you today!
Knowing that you are already blessed in Christ changes the way you pray and live your life. Stop trying to get God to bless you. Do not try to earn God’s favor in your good works and actions. Know that you have no power in trying to convince God to do something. Instead, rest as a son or daughter would, in the Father’s complete provision for every physical and spiritual need for every believer regardless of their spiritual status.
How conscious am I about the truth that I am already blessed in Christ, as I go about my daily activities?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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