Got needs? I know I do. I need new shoes, a couple of kitchen appliances, flooring, a vacation…oh well, the list goes on and on, as does yours in all probability. We all have physical needs and material needs, but it is our spiritual needs that take top billing. Do you have what you need spiritually? The answer is a resounding Yes! Take a look at Ephesians 1:3-8 from the NKJV:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise and glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Is that power packed or what? Just thinking about this passage gets my toes tapping. In case you are a bit overwhelmed by the abundance of life rhythm in these verses, like I was, let’s break it down a bit.
Verse three tells us that we already have every spiritual blessing. Let’s think about that for a moment; every spiritual blessing. This means we already have everything we need or in other words everything God has to offer. Isn’t that amazing? But, I sure don’t feel like that some days. How about you? We can rest assured that we do. We just have to take time to access them.
Verse four tells us He chose us before the world began. He chose us. WoW! Long before the beginning of earth time we were already selected. He favored us right from the beginning. Thinking on this can offer us peace and acceptance of our lives. We, as women, can struggle with self acceptance, more than anything else throughout our lives. If God accepts and loves as just as we are, it stands to reason that we should accept ourselves in the same manner.
In choosing us, He predestined us for adoption. Before we were even born, He “filed the paperwork” for us to be His children; His heirs. Meditation on this can be a great combatant to our inner negative thoughts. And our adoption wasn’t only planned, but it brings Him pleasure. We can surely relate to that on a personal level as mothers, for we have so much love for our children, even when they doubt that during times of discipline or hardship.
As if choosing us before birth wasn’t a clever enough plan to prove His brilliance, verse seven solidifies this, as it tells us that He thought through everything beforehand. He put thought into our life time of needs before we were created and actually needed anything. This passage clearly tells us that we are perfect positionally before God, with all of His blessings within us. We already have His inheritance internally. So we have come full circle, because that lease us right back to, How do we access those blessings to meet our needs? How are we able to use them? How do we know which blessings to use and when? This is the practical, and at times, the most difficult side of the matter, eh?
The practical side, the lives we live here on earth as women, wives, mothers, aunts, daughters, and friends, requires application, which means we activate our blessings through studying the word and time spent with Him. We grab onto His hand and allow Him to be our guide and support with echand every issue (and we have a lot of issues, don’t we ladies?) Let’s summarize for a moment, shall we?
He chose or selected us out of favor and love.
He predestined us, offering everything to meet our needs with limits and boundaries to help us in our transformation.
He graced us in grace.
We are completely free.
He has given to us lavishly or excessively.
How do you get what you need? Why, you already have it! You have everything you need to handle the good days and the bad ones, the smooth times and the rough ones, the amazing times and the ones you wish were long forgotten. It truly is a question of whether or not we will simply take time to access them by spending time with God. This past week, I wondered if I spent as much time with God as I do with any one of my other friends, how much deeper would my relationship with Him be? How much more would yours be? This is a passage of unbelievable love and hope for us.
If this isn’t a reason to get up and dance, I don’t know what is!
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