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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

I HAVE SURPASSING GREAT POWER through CHRIST

"what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. "

Ephesians 1:19

Do you ever feel powerless? Perhaps you want to reach a goal, but it seems beyond your reach. Maybe you have attempted to overcome a sinful habit, but find yourself powerless to stand against it. In Ephesians 1:19, we're reminded that there is a power, and a surpassingly great one at that. It is extended to those of us who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. What does that mean? It means - never give up. It means - look beyond yourself to Christ. It means - confess your inability and call out to the Lord of the Universe. When do we most fully experience God's great power toward us? When we're empty of ourselves and open our hearts to the Great Power of God - Jesus Christ.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for the surpassing greatness of Your power which You extend to those of us who believe in You and call on Your name. 

Monday
Aug252014

I HAVE HOPE 

"so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,"

Ephesians 1:18

As a Christian, I have HOPE. Praise God, I have HOPE! For what do I need or want hope? On a grand scheme, I hope for the new earth and heaven that will replace our fallen world. On a personal level, I hope for many things; that my grandchildren come to know Christ at an early age; that I might be a pure vessel for Christ. I can't imagine not having hope. If you are feeling down, disappointed in yourself, or worried about the future, open your Bible and read Ephesians 1:18. It will encourage you. It will remind you of the hope that is yours in Christ.   

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Heavenly Father, there are not enough words to express my praise to You for the hope of my calling in Christ. Purify me so that I am a pure and spotless bride. 

Wednesday
Aug202014

The EYES of MY HEART are ENLIGHTENED

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,"

Ephesians 1:18

This verse marks a pivotal point in my spiritual pilgrimage. I was a college summer missionary. Where was I sent to spread God's Word? My home state - Texas. For 10 weeks I traveled with two other college students and we led workshops in churches across Texas. My part? To teach on the Holy Spirit. I remember one morning I was studying in Ephesians and God "did a work on me." I read today's verse and the Holy Spirit quickened my heart, "I can open your eyes to see more than the printed words. I can enlighten the eyes of your heart to see into the depth of My teachings." My heart leaped, yearning to know God and His Word more deeply. He enlightened the eyes of my heart that morning to the incredible richness of His Word. I can honestly say that I'm in love with the Bible, for it is God's deep, rich, powerful message to us. If you've never before accepted Christ's gift of enlightening the eyes of your heart, open your Bibles to Ephesians 1:18-20. Read what is yours in Christ. Then, pray, "Enlightened the eyes of my heart." 

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Heavenly Father, thank You that in Christ the eyes of my heart are enlightened to the hope of His calling, the riches of glory of my inheritance, and the surpassing greatness of Christ's power toward me. 

Monday
Aug182014

I AM SEALED in CHRIST with the HOLY SPIRIT

"In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation - having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,"

Ephesians 1:13

Are you familiar with 1970's song, "Sealed with A Kiss?" The lyrics follow:

Though we gotta say goodbye for the summer
Baby, I promise you this
I'll send you all my love
Every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss
Yes, it's gonna be a cold lonely summer
But I'll fill the emptiness
I'll send you all my dreams
Every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss

I'll see you in the sunlight
I'll hear your voice everywhere
I'll run to tenderly hold you
But baby, you won't be there

I don't wanna say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the love we'll miss
So let us make a pledge
To meet in September
And seal it with a kiss.

When I think of the above lyrics and the "pledge" of love "sealed with a kiss," I wonder if we can in any way get our minds around our Bridegroom's words to us: that He was leaving; but He would not forget us, He would continue His deep love for us. When He left, He would send us the seal of His love: the Holy Spirit; a seal of more profound than that between two lovers. His seal, the Holy Spirit of Promise - the promise of our relationship being consummated at the heavenly Wedding Feast - reaches to our innermost core and being. It is beyond emotional. It is beyond physical. It is beyond intellectual. It is deeper still - a spiritual love and eternal promise. Some people know only of human love. But there is a more profound love and relationship that is sealed with the kiss of Christ's Holy Spirit. Do you have that seal? If not, click here and respond to Christ's calling for you to be His eternal bride.  

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Heavenly Father, thank You for our Bridegroom Jesus Christ and for the engagement gift of the Holy Spirit of Promise in whom believers are sealed. 

Friday
Aug152014

I HAVE an INHERITANCE

"also we have obtained an inheritance,"

Ephesians 1:11

Just when it seems that we’re about to burst as we ponder on all that we have been given in Christ, we are reminded of yet another aspect of our identity as Christians. We’re RICH! Rather than being paupers, we are the recipients of an inheritance from God. What is our inheritance? It is the riches of God’s glory, of a place prepared for us in heaven, Christ returning to receive us into His glory. Our inheritance is eternal life where sin does not exist. Our inheritance is fellowship and harmony with God and others for eternity. Our inheritance is a new heaven and a new earth. Our inheritance is...we could go on forever; for that is our blissful inheritance - God’s love, glory, and peace forever. 

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Heavenly Father, thank You for the inheritance that I have in You. Help me live with a grateful heart for all You have given me and will give me in Christ Jesus.