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.
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.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Let’s take every opportunity to call to mind his presence within us today. Not only will that bless us, but every place that we go and person we meet will be touched by him in us.
Galatians 6:4 encourages us not to compare ourselves to others. It is easy to get dazzled by what others have, but before we go too far down that road, lets take time to remember the truth that we bear his name, his presence is within us, and to ignore that probably hurts God.
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.
In Numbers 21, they want God to remove the cause of suffering. He doesn’t! What he does do is to give them something else to fix their attention on. By fixing their attention on the one lifted up they find healing. Take a minute to fix your undivided attention on the one who is with you right now.