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Embrace Your Spiritual Blessings

In these times, we can get so caught up in what’s going on around us that we miss the beauty of the Lord we serve. As I was driving through the countryside today, looking out over the great expanse of the sky, I was struck by the amazing beauty of His creation. Through dark clouds, rays from the sun poured down and met earth with a boldness. It was breathtaking. Is He breathtaking to you? Are you amazed at the beauty of His creation and the many blessings He pours out just like the rays of the sun?

If we are to weather the storms of life, we must take the time to look up and taste and see that the Lord is good. It’s hard to see the hope of Jesus when your head is down and your worldly blinders are on. If we are to get through our trials, we must not lose sight of the One who is walking with us and who is ever ready to intercede for us. He is in the dark clouds showering us with blessings.

Did you know that you have spiritual blessings? Did you know that the Lord reminded us of those blessings in His Word? He knew we would face problems in life, but He wanted us to remember that He has given us spiritual blessings that far exceed our problems. Those blessings give us hope and encouragement, and the power to push through when we’re struggling. Listen to Paul describe just some of those blessings in Ephesians 1:3-8.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will--to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In HIm we have redemption through HIs blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.”

Did you hear that? You are blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ. You were chosen by God Himself before creation. He loved you so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son, Jesus. Through Jesus, God adopted you as His son or daughter with the same inheritance.

Through Jesus, He’s given you His glorious grace free of charge even though you don’t deserve it and you can’t work for it or earn it. Through Jesus, you are blessed with redemption and forgiveness of your sins. And if that isn’t enough, He lavishes on you, so generously and extravagantly, the riches of His grace.  

If you haven’t done so in a while, read Ephesians 1-3 and savor the words that speak of what you mean to the Lord and who you are. Embrace the spiritual blessings He has already poured out on you, and let them lift you above the fray of the world. Yes, there are trials, but we will get through. His promises are everlasting. Embrace them and embrace your blessings. You are loved.

Prayer

Lord,

Help me. Give me the strength to just sit still and take all Your blessings in. Silence the distractions that surround me. Quiet the thoughts that overwhelm me. I long to sit at Your feet and stay in Your presence. Amen!


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