As believers, we have access to a whole new life, to a whole new perspective and world. Those who do not believe cannot even understand, nor can they participate in this new life that I am talking about. They cannot see it, nor can they enjoy these riches of our Lord Jesus Christ. As believers, we know that we are blessed!
“”His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” – 2 Peter 1:3
Those who love and follow Christ can count on Jesus to provide everything that they need. 2 Thessalonians 1:2 says, “Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.” Matthew also teaches us that just as God takes care of the birds in the air, even more so will he provide for our needs. – (Matthew 6:26)
In fact, the bible tells us that we are blessed beyond our needs. Ephesians 1:3 says that God “has blessed us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.” In Ephesians 3:8, Paul refers to these as “unfathomable riches“. Unfathomable means beyond comprehension, more than our minds can conceive or understand. Other translations used the words “incalculable“, “unsearchable“, and “blessings that cannot be measured.” We can’t put boundaries or limits around it.
Because the riches of Christ cannot be measured in earthly terms, it can be more difficult to understand and explain. And some people tend to like things quantifiable. But would a single person not allow for truckloads and truckloads of cash to be deposited into their bank accounts without first calculating the amount? Certainly not! We would all receive the blessing and count it later! And so shall it be with the blessing of Christ!
What is important to take away is that through Christ our blessings are beyond even what we can imagine. And we have full access to these gifts through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we receive Him, the seed that God has already given us can germinate and sprout within us.
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Then, through our choices and our actions we can add more water and fertilize and light and allow the seed that was planted start to grow into a young plant. And over time as we continue to feed this plant it can form a more sturdy trunk that can withstand the storms of this life.
And as we mature in faith and God’s blessings grow in us, we begin to produce fruit. Let us not be impatient and not grow weary in doing good. It is unwise to think that a seed planted yesterday will produce fruit tomorrow or a very short period of time. Many fruit trees will not produce fruit for years.
But as we begin to produce fruit, it is important to always remember that every good gift comes from God. Even more, we directly influence our faith and our access to our spiritual blessings through our actions.
- “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. – (2 Peter 1:5-7)
As we seek the Lord and grow in relation with Him, it becomes natural to honor Him by better taking care of and developing ourselves for His glory! And as we seek our Lord in all that we do, 2 Peter says that we should also “make every effort to confirm your calling and election.” – (2 Peter 1:10). This helps us to walk in alignment with God, and to utilize the unique gifts that God has specifically given to us!
Let us have a great day seeking the Lord and nourishing the seed of faith and goodness that he has planted in each and every one of us!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this beautiful morning. Receive the hidden prayers of our hearts today Lord, for you know what we need. Comfort us today, and give us rest and peace. Help us to seek you first, and to honor you with our actions as well as with our lips. Give us the strength and courage to take action each and every day that will draw us closer to you. Let our thoughts, words, and deeds all nourish the seeds that you have planted in each and every one of us. Give us strength and endurance to continue in righteousness each and every day, and patience to wait for your perfect timing. We give you thanks for all that you ave done for us, for all your mercy and goodness. Let your light shines bright in us, for the glory of your eternal name. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Isaiah 50-52; Psalm 92; 2 Peter 1
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
“Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:2
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26
“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.” – Ephesians 1:3
“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,” – Ephesians 3:8
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” – 2 Peter 1:5-11
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