It is all free

Ephesians 2:9 says that salvation is free – that means that everything about salvation is free, including healing, and bearing the presence of God. We will want to change our lives after God has touched us, but it doesn’t seem to be a condition for him touching us. Whatever we feel we have done, let’s take time to remember his presence within us and enjoy the sense of being at home with him.

The Fathers joy

Ephesians 1:5-6 speaks about the glorious truth that we are adopted. Paul says that this is something that is ‘in accordance with his will and his pleasure’. The Father wants us to receive it – it brings him pleasure. A gift that is given with joy but is rejected or ignored by the one to whom it is given does not bring pleasure but rather sadness. We can bring joy to the Father right now by rejoicing in the wonder that he sees us as his children.

 

Reigning in life

Romans 5:17 talks about us ‘reigning in life’. That probably sounds like a far cry from the experience of many.

Paul says that the way we reign in life is not by effort or hard work but by receiving – receiving God’s abundant grace and the gift of righteousness.

Take a moment to sit with Jesus (it doesn’t matter whether we feel him or not) and breathe in his presence. It is his gift. Receive him and wait and see the difference it makes as we let him fill us with himself and bring about the change he wants to bring.

 

Faith and love

Galatians 5:6 – “that only thing counts is faith expressing itself in love.” When we find Jesus’ love for those for whom we pray, we have permission to find a faith in our prayers to match that faith. Faith is not goodwill or wishful thinking. It is the reality of what Jesus has already done for a person and what he wants to do. As we find his presence within us, let us find his heart and prayer for those for whom we pray.