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Hope, Riches, Power

 “…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe….” Eph. 1:18-19

It’s Halloween and that can stir up all kind of angst among believers. Who thought something so simple could be so controversial? I know – pagan roots. I know – a dark side. I’m not going to get into the rightness or wrongness of Halloween, but this I am sure of: The life of a Christian is one of undefeatable POWER. We have a powerful God, a powerful Savior, a powerful Holy Spirit, a powerful gospel, a powerful Word, and powerful promises.

In Eph. 1:15-21, Paul prays that God would enlighten the eyes of the Ephesians, but surprisingly, it’s not their physical eyes he’s praying for … it’s the eyes of their hearts. What does he want their hearts to “see”? Three things:

  • HOPE – “that you may know what is the hope to which he [God] has called you.” Our hope isn’t “wishful thinking” or “looking for a silver lining” – it’s rock-solid certainty that God is on the throne as THE God of power and might, He’s working it all out for good.
  • RICHES – “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” Like the Ephesians, we are a people with a great heritage, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us (Heb. 11). God will never leave us or forsake us. We are rich.
  • POWER – “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.” God’s power can’t be measured. Although He can wield it anywhere and anytime He wants to, Paul says God loves to display His power toward believers.

Take heart, Christian. We have hope, riches and power for everything we face today. Everything! Believe it.

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Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve

I will admit it, I think sometimes I must be the most selfish person on the planet.  I see that ugly “love of self” root it’s ugly head again and again.  Do you ever wish you could just see what your character would be like with selfishness completely gone?  Well, I can tell you, you would look a lot like our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

You see, your home is not yours, your life is not yours, your kids are not yours, your success is not yours, your money is not yours, your time is not yours, your church is not yours.  We have this mentality of mine, mine, mine!  I deserve, I deserve, I deserve!  I want, I want, I want!  Really?  Who do we think we are?  We so quickly forget our own pile of sin that hung Jesus on the cross!  We forget what we really deserve.  We lose sight of the gratitude and freedom we should live in because our sin is paid for.  Instead, we still make our lives all about us.  We are so quick to judge another without seeing the plank in our own eye.  We are angry when we don’t get our own way.  We are jealous of others who have what we want.  Sound familiar?

Joshua 24:15
“…choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Who will you serve today?  There is hope for us in this battle of self!  Our sin has been paid for and we have help, hope and freedom in Jesus Christ!  Let’s serve the Lord together!

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