Ephesians 1:18-19 New International Version
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength
It is The Holy Spirit who enables us to understand. It is The Holy Spirit who gives us revelation of who Jesus Christ is and all that we have in Him. Therefore Paul prayed so diligently for the churches he planted and spent his life investing in. Paul understood that all he accomplished wasn’t because of his ability, his wisdom, or his own strength. It was because of Jesus working through him through the person of The Holy Spirit.
Our hope is in Jesus Christ alone. We live in a world that is becoming hopeless by the day. The more that sin enters in, the more that hope is stolen and replaced by darkness and sorrow. So many today suffer because they have rejected God’s plan for their lives. They have bought into the lie of the enemy. It is only when we place our hope and trust in Jesus that we truly come to find true hope. This was Paul’s prayer not only for the believers in Ephesus, but for the body of Christ. It was inspired and led by The Holy Spirit.
We are holy because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Our inheritance is in Heaven because of Jesus Christ. Everything we have is because of the finished work of Jesus. We don’t earn our way into heaven and everything we are given by God is a gift from Him. He loves us more than we know and understand. He is calling us to trust Him on a daily basis.
God’s power is without limit. It is available to all those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Many Christians struggle because they don’t know all that is available to them in Christ. It requires that the Holy Spirit reveals this to us. When He does it changes everything. We understand that in every circumstance we face we will overcome because of who Jesus is and all that He has accomplished.
Father help me to understand all that I have and am in Jesus. Help me to understand the power of the resurrection. Help me to understand the hope I have in Christ. May you remove from my life anything that would hinder what you desire to do. May you break and demolish every lie of the devil that may be holding me back from your plans and purposes. In the name of Jesus.
1. Do you truly understand all that is available to you in Jesus?
2. What lies have you allowed yourself to believe that have hindered the work of God?
3. Do you desire greater intimacy with The Holy Spirit?