3-6 Praise be to God for giving us through Christ every possible spiritual benefit as citizens of Heaven! For consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world he chose us to become, in Christ, his holy and blameless children living within his constant care. He planned, in his purpose of love, that we should be adopted as his own children through Jesus Christ—that we might learn to praise that glorious generosity of his which has made us welcome in the everlasting love he bears towards the Son.
7-10 It is through the Son, at the cost of his own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth. For God had allowed us to know the secret of his plan, and it is this: he purposes in his sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfilment in him.
11-14 And here is the staggering thing—that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share (since we were long ago destined for this by the one who achieves his purposes by his sovereign will), so that we, as the first to put our confidence in Christ, may bring praise to his glory! And you too trusted him, when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. And after you gave your confidence to him you were, so to speak, stamped with the promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee of purchase, until the day when God completes the redemption of what he has paid for as his own; and that will again be to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:3-14 J.B. Phillips New Testament
In yesterday’s devotion, I spoke about the importance of valuing godly prosperity and having a spirit of prosperity. Today we want to talk about how we actually grow and nurture a spirit of prosperity.
In Psalm 1, we were told how those who meditate on God’s word prosper and flourish. God’s word indeed has the power to produce every increasing fruit as described in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower. As such, let us not neglect the importance of meditating on the truth of God’s word, especially the gospel that does not return back to God without accomplishing His intended purpose and plan (Isaiah 55:11).
A good place to start is to meditate on Ephesians 1:3-14 and you will discover the gospel revelation of our rich and glorious inheritance in Christ. If you meditate and know the truth of your identity and destiny in Christ, you will manifest what God has revealed to your spirit. This will set you free from pursuing prosperity as a means to self-indulging wealth or self-gratifying success or a self-promoting badge to prove your faith in God.
Instead, as your spirit prospers in God’s word, you gain wisdom and understanding by applying every truth of who Christ is to you, and who you are to Him into every aspect of your life. Then you will discover how amazing your life in Christ is meant to be because you are growing up in every way into Him.
Biblical prosperity is beyond money. Whether you have lots of money or not as much, it doesn’t change your right standing before God and therefore should not change God’s love towards you. When we have Christ, says the Apostle Paul, we have everything. If this is our starting point in our Christian life, then prosperity is not a goal but reality. It is not something for us to achieve but something for us to recognise.
In Christ, you are already rich!
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
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