Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2018 In Search of the Spiritual Jesus a Prelude to Life
Hope for all occasions…
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.” (Ephesians 1:17–19, CSB)
For the most part we walk blindly into the future although there are some things we are not blind to, as a rule the future is not ours to see. However, with our relationship with God we have a Divine pair of eyes that can see with pinpoint accuracy not only to December 31, 2018 but ALL times as well. And it is God’s good pleasure to open the eyes of your heart not necessarily the complete details of what life has in store for you but to provide you the wherewithal you need to see the saturating presence of God in your life.
In case you’re not familiar with God’s wherewithal Paul put it this way, “what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.” In short God’s wherewithal is the “stuff” Hope is made of. Not Hope in its “a ride down easy street” form but Hope in its God will provide me with the strength to stand in the fiery furnace and not get burned.
I’ve used a quote from R.C. Sproul’s book “What is Faith” in the past and I want to use it again here in 2018 so, ‘…that you may know what is the hope of his calling. “In a real sense, hope is faith looking forward. The word faith carries a strong element of trust. If my hope is based on something God has said will happen in the future, the hope I have for that future promise finds its substance from my trust and confidence in the One making the promise. I can have hope because I have faith in God. Because I can trust the promise of God for tomorrow, there is substance to my hope; my hope is not just a chimera, a fantasy, or a wish projection based on idle dreams. Rather, it is based on something substantive.” (emphasis mine)
A Hope based on God is a Prelude to Life.
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **
Grace and PEACE,
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Sproul, R. C. (2010). What Is Faith? (Vol. 8, p. 4). Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing.
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Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
** John 14:6, CSB