THE TRUE BLESSINGS

EPHESIANS 1:3-6: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

OBSERVATION: What are the true “blessings” of God? Usually when we speak about the blessings of The Lord they are usually attached to “physical” things – our jobs, our homes, our families, our health, or something new we have just received. It is good and right to give praise to The Lord for all the good things in our lives. Yet, if you were to ask the Apostle Paul what the blessings of The Lord were, these things would not have been included in his list. In these opening verses Paul identifies the source and goal of the blessings of The Lord.

The blessings Paul is speaking of are “spiritual” blessings. They are not the good things that we find and experience here on earth, they are the wonders that are only found in Christ Jesus. Their origin is not the earth. Their origin is “heavenly places”. These are the blessings that God has desired to bestow upon His creation from the very beginning. These are the blessings that were lost when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. And, these are the blessings that were restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! There is no limit to these heavenly blessings. They are found in the height, the width, the breadth, and the depth of the unsearchable love of Christ. These blessings leave no lack, no wanting, no need. They are complete in Christ.

The goal of these blessings is not earthly comfort. It is not a better job, or a better car, or a trip to the Bahamas. The goal of these blessings is holiness before The Lord. It is to become the true sons and daughter of the Holy God, Who through His Grace and Mercy, redeemed and adopted us. It is to grow and produce the character of Jesus Christ – the full “Fruit of the Holy Spirit”. It is to live a life that honors The Lord, that gives Him pleasure, that gives Him glory. These are the blessings of The Lord. This is what our life should be directed toward, our hearts should be focused upon.

The Apostle John wrote – “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (‭I John‬ ‭2‬:‭15-17‬ NKJV)

Lord, help me direct my heart and life toward the true blessings from above. Help me to become more like Jesus. Let my love be undivided and may I bring You pleasure and glory in all that I do. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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