Thursday, August 8, 2019

Spiritual Enlightenment

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Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV)  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power

After innocent accepted the Lord Jesus,  there were many things about the kingdom of God he did not understand, but unlike so many believers today,  he sought to understand them.

Innocent wanted to walk in the reality of God's power since he once read in his Bible that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power(1 Corinthians 4:20).
Because of this desire to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God,  innocent had a great hunger for the word of God. Anywhere he heard that the word of God was taught with sincerely,  he would listen. He bought many books and spent money to attend many conferences. He downloaded hundreds of sermons and listened to them. He read the Bible daily and sought to pray more and more.
As time passed,  even innocent did not realize how much he had grown until he met the person that led him to Lord when they were on campus. This person had to confess that innocent now knew so many things that even he did not know, and as a result, walked more in the reality of God [and His Power] than most believers he knew.
Those who seek the kingdom of God as their first priority cannot be at the same level as those who do not(see Matthew 11:12).

Today's Bible verses capture part of Paul's prayer for the saints everywhere. It is the desire of God that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened. This is when we can know the riches of our inheritance and the exceeding greatness of Gods power made available for us.
Note that today's verses didn't say "that we may know about the riches of our inheritance",  it says "that we may know the riches of our inheritance". There is a difference between knowing about me and knowing me. Knowing me involves dealing with me personally, but one can know about me by merely reading about me or studying me from afar.
When the eyes of our understanding are truly enlightened,  we will not just know about the riches of our inheritance and the power thereof,  we would start experiencing the foretaste of these things,  and as a result, would groan in expectant hope as we await the resurrection,  which would usher us into the fullness of these things(see Romans 8:23, Philippians 3:20-21).

Go into today knowing that any believer who still has a worldly outlook to life; and still lives for this world(rather than for God's kingdom) is walking in terrible spiritual ignorance and has shortchanged himself. Such an outlook to life limits our ability to know the riches of our inheritance and the power thereof.

Prayer: Lord, please enlighten the eyes of understanding and help me know the riches of my inheritance in you. Deliver me from every spirit of distraction,  in Jesus name. Amen.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi

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