Ephesians 1:17 Wisdom & Revelation To Know God

 

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

Wisdom is the ability to make the right choice with the knowledge that one has been given. Some cultures put a very high emphasis on the value of wisdom, while others do not care for it as much.

The wisdom of this world is short-sighted and temporary. It is limited by man’s simple ability to think and see what is immediately in front of him or his through his limited experience and training. 

Revelation is a revealing of things that cannot always be directly seen. Very few people don’t want to have some kind of revelation in some area of his life. People pay a lot of money for psychics to reveal something in their lives. People fight to know what is going to happen in the work place or with their local neighbor.

The world’s idea of revelation is selfish and short-sighted. They want to know for their own benefit, how they can get ahead in this life, how they can bypass some bad situation in their life.

Paul stated that he was asking God to give every believer wisdom and revelation, but not for selfish purposes, but to know God better.

God is an infinite God. He is so far advanced above man, that man cannot begin to fully comprehend Him. Without God revealing Himself, no person has the ability to really know Him or even see Him. God is outside of man’s way of thinking and seeing.

Yet, even though God is outside of man’s seeing, He wants to be known and seen. He is willing to reveal Himself in this world and wants to open the spiritual eyes of men to see Him. The believer will see God and know His character through what can be seen by God’s great revelation.

Allow God to open your eyes and see and know Him more. You cannot know enough about God and who He is and how great His love really is.

As you grow in wisdom and revelation of God, you will begin to see His hand at work in the world around you. All fear will be removed and replace with His love. Strive to know God more and more in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal Himself to you; that you will have God’s wisdom in your life; that you will see God at work in and around you; and that you will know God more and more. 

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1 Corinthians 14:26 Building Up The Church

 

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What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26

Jesus came to build His church. It was to be built with people who would follow Him and believe in Him and glorify God. He was looking at the church as a whole, not the individual churches that are seen today.

Each individual, physical church today has a part in building up God’s church. And inside each individual church, every person has a part in building up God’s church. Working together, God’s church will be built up.

Over the years, the ways of building up His church has changed. It is common today to see some churches use many methods to build it up. Paul gave some guidelines in what is needed to build a church up. Hymns, instruction, revelation, tongues, and interpretation are all needed in the process.

While there are many churches that use these methods, there are also many that do not. Some churches do not really preach the word of God, but put on a good entertainment show for the people. Sinful practices are allowed openly in the leaders of the church, while claiming to believe in Jesus. There is no real word of instruction, but it is all about feeling good, not being holy.

Flashing lights, fast songs, and coffee may draw a lot of people to the physical church, but the question is are they being changed to be more like Jesus? Without the word of God being at the center of everything being done, the church is not really being built up.

The things Paul listed are all focused on God and His Word, not on the physical things of this world.

As a believer in Christ, when you go to church, you must focus on building His church up. How are you leading others to walk closer to God? What words can you speak that will point people to God, rather than to this world?

Allow yourself to be led by His Holy Spirit to know the word to speak and the revelation to give someone else. Everything you do in the church is to worship God and build others up, whether you are the pastor or a member.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do in the church service; that God will reveal to you how to build His church; that God and His word will be the focus of every physical church; and that His church will be built up.

Romans 8:18 Greater Things To Come

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I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.

Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.

Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.

When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.

Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.

Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.

There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes  the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.

The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.

While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.

Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!

I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering. 

Revelation 22:20 He Is Coming Soon

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20

The final words of Jesus in the final book of the Bible is that He said He is coming soon. From Genesis to Revelation the focus of the Bible is to for God to have a relationship with every person.

God started out walking with man in the garden, till man chose to sin and break that relationship. Then God worked at restoring that relationship. The greatest step in that restoration process was when Jesus died and rose again to pay the price for every person’s sins. The grand finale of the restoration of that relationship will be when Jesus returns to take everyone who believes in Him to heaven. He says that will be soon.

The world tries to tell people that Jesus is not returning and that His words were a lie. Since mankind has waited for nearly two-thousand years already, He must not be coming.

Really, how long is two-thousand years? For most people a few days, or a few hours, can be a long time, depending on your situation. While waiting for a big event, a few days can be a long time. While working at work, a few hours can be a long time. When in an accident, a few minutes can be eternity.

In light of eternity, a few thousand years is a short time. God is patient and wanting every person to have a chance to follow Jesus. He does not want anyone to die.

Some people, however, are not looking forward to Jesus return. They want to live in this world and enjoy it. They are not living for Jesus, but for themselves.

Where are you at in light of Jesus return?

Are you being impatient and giving up on His return?

Are you secretly hoping His return is not today?

Or are you looking forward to His return?

Seek His return. Tell others about Jesus so that they may be ready. Remember, when He returns for His people, it is to take them to heaven with no more pain or suffering for eternity. What could be better than that?

Be like John and say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will look forward for Jesus’ return; that you will be ready for Jesus to return; and that you will tell everyone about Jesus.

Revelation 22:14 Wash Your Robe

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14

In the vision God has destroyed the earth, wiped out all sin, and all believers are going into heaven. Jesus states that those who have washed their robes are blessed and are allowed to eat of the tree of life and enter into the heavenly city.

The robe is what covers the body. It is what is seen on the outside of a person. If the person cleans the body, but puts on a dirty robe, he is still dirty. What people will see is the filth of the dirty robe, not the clean body underneath it.

When Jesus died on the cross, His blood took away the sins of a person. It cleansed the person on the inside. After that they must clothe themselves with Jesus. They must put on His righteousness. This is the doing what Jesus would do, being right as He is right.

This process of putting on Jesus, is the washing of your robe. It is cleansing your outside actions to show Jesus to the world.

Many people say they love and serve Jesus, but their actions show something different. Do your actions match your words?

Once this is done, you have the right to eat of the tree of life. That tree is the same one that Adam and Eve were told not to eat of, and were banned from so that they could not eat of it. It is the tree that gives life for eternity.

Washing your robe also gives you the right to enter the new Jerusalem. This is the new city of God in heaven. This is where there will be no more pain or suffering of any type.

I trust that you are already following Jesus, that you believe in what He has done for you. Now, have you cleansed your robe?

Have you put on Jesus so that your words and actions match what your heart is saying?

Are you truly loving and serving God with your life?

If you are, some day you will be allowed by God to enter His city.

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will allow God to wash your robes of all sin; that you will live a righteous life before all men; and that Jesus will give you His righteousness to be pure before the Father.

Revelation 21:5 All Things Made New

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'” Revelation 21:5

In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth everything was new. At that time everything was perfect and without sin or any defaults. When sin entered the world, everything was corrupted. There will come a day when God will make everything new again. He has already started in the process of making everything new.

One of the things God is making new is every person who believes in Jesus. Those who follow Jesus are being made new. They are called a new creation of God’s. The heart, mind, actions, beliefs, and attitudes are being changed into something new. Every believer is being changed into the image of Jesus.

It is a process that takes time. Just as a person does not build a house or a city in one day, God does not make you completely new in one day. The only change that is completely instant is the slate saying you are condemned is cleaned instantly. As soon as you accept what Jesus has done for you, the guilty sentence is removed. From that point forward there is a process that God is going through to perfect you.

As a believer you are to be like Jesus in every way. God is working on that. On the day you step into heaven, that process will be finished. There will be no more pain, suffering, sin, condemnation, death or anything else negative. Everything will have been made new.

Until that day, however, there will be death and pain. You must hang in there with God. You must allow God to make the changes in your life that is needed.

When God shows you something to change, are you allowing it to happen?

Take a look at your life. Are you becoming someone new? Or are you staying in your old patterns and way of life?

If you allow Him to, God will make you new as He is working to make everything new. His words are true and you can take them to the bank and cash them in, if you trust Him.

I pray today that you will allow God to work in your life; that you will allow God to make the needed changes; that you will become more like Jesus everyday; and that you will follow Jesus until the day He makes all things new.

Revelation 20:14-15 Second And Final Death

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15

The final judgment is described by John. It is one where God finishes off all sin and death and hell. Everything that is not of God is thrown into the lake of fire. They are destroyed for the rest of eternity.

Many people fear death because they do not know what is on the other side of death. They do not know what death really is. When there is no understanding of what death is, or what is on the other side of death, it is understandable to fear death.

Death came into this world as a result of sin entering the world. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. The result of that sin was death. Death both physically and spiritually. With sin in your life God cannot be around you. It must be removed first.

Every person born since Adam and Eve have chosen to sin. They have brought death into their own lives.

The only way to stop that death is to accept what Jesus has done for you. He died on the cross and paid the price of death for your sins. Once you accept that and follow Him, He removes all of your sins. Then He will place your name in the book of life. He has given you life, not death.

In the end when all sin and death is destroyed, God will look at His book of life. Any person whose name is not found in that book will also be destroyed in the lake of fire for all eternity.

Do you believe in what Jesus has done for you?

Are you following Jesus today?

Are you turning away from sin and accepting the forgiveness Jesus has given you?

Is your name in the book of life today?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will accept the price He paid for your life; that you will turn away from all sin; and that your name will be written in the book of life.