#898 Lessons from Jonah – God’s Call

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

God has a plan for each of His children that He expects us as Christians to obediently follow; however, we as humans often decide otherwise.  When God called Jonah, His Old Testament prophet, to go to the wicked city of Nineveh, Jonah decided he could change God’s plan for His life.  He may have rebelled against the thought of ministering to the Gentiles in Nineveh, they being of another nationality, or he may have rebelled because he knew God would forgive them and spare the city, something he did not want to see happen.  We sometimes use the same type of excuses to avoid following God’s plan for our life, but God did not accept Jonah’s excuses, and He does not accept ours.  When God calls us, we need to obey without question, regardless of whether we like His plan or not.

Make sure you are following God’s plan for your life!

“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me.”   (Jonah 1:1-2)   

May God Richly Bless You Today

#897 Spiritual Blessings – All to God’s Praise

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Have we ever stopped to wonder why God bestowed His glorious grace of salvation upon those of us who accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord?  Paul gives some insight into the answer three separate times in the first fourteen verses of Ephesians, chapter one when he declares that God’s work of salvation is so believers will be to the praise of His glory and grace.[1]  God’s grace has been “graced” or freely given to us as His children, and as believers we should go forth to the praise of His glory.  We are always to be ready and willing to tell others of Christ and the marvelous spiritual blessings we have through Him; however, it is even more important to allow those same spiritual blessings to shine forth in our life that others will know God through us.

Do you allow your spiritual blessings received as a child of God to shine forth to those around you?

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.”   (Ephesians 1:6)

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14

 

 

#896 Spiritual Blessings – Material and Temporal Blessings Also

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Although we can sense the sanctity of the spiritual blessings that are ours as Christians and realize the inner peace we possess due to our knowledge that these spiritual blessings are ours in Christ and assure us of eternity with Him, we have the realization that God also blesses us with material and temporal blessings.  When we faithfully walk with Him, allow the Holy Spirit to have control of our life, and spend time each day with Him in His Word and in prayer, we will become conscious of the many material and temporal blessings He bestows upon us.  It may be blessing our business, our relationships, our crops, or maybe even blessings from trials and problems we encounter; we can recognize the hand of God bestowing the blessings upon us.  The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Do we stop to thank Him for all of His bountiful blessings upon us?”

Think back on your life:  can you see the blessings of God, even in times of illness and other problems?

“Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”   (Acts 14:17)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#895 Spiritual Blessings – Grace, Peace, Love

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are truly blessed with many spiritual blessings in Christ, a number of which we have been examining from the first chapter of Ephesians.  Three other spiritual blessings we have from God are His grace, peace, and love, each one having been given us as Christians to enable us to live a life that is both pleasing and honoring to Him.  God’s grace, His unmerited divine assistance, is given us for not only our salvation but also our sanctification, our continued growth and maturing in God’s Word.  God’s peace passes all human understanding, giving us an inner peace to our heart and soul that only we as Christians can claim.  God is love and His love extends to each of us and when we allow His love to overflow within us it will naturally pour out to others.

Allow God’s grace, peace, and love to permeate your life today and flow out to all you come in contact with today and every day!

“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.”   (Jude 2)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#894 Spiritual Blessings – “In Christ”

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Throughout the ages people have believed in two ways of salvation:  the broad path of works and the narrow way of faith in Jesus Christ.  The Bible, the Truth of God’s Word, states there is one way of salvation:  the narrow way of faith in Jesus Christ.  The former way leads to eternal death and separation from God, while the latter way leads to eternal life with God.  If Christ is the only way of salvation and Christians are the one to receive spiritual blessings, it follows that all of our spiritual blessings are “in Christ.”  Although the various spiritual blessings we enjoy are through the work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, every one of the blessings are in Christ and ours through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.

If the salvation you claim is through any other means than faith in Christ Jesus, you need to spend time opening your heart in faith, accepting only Christ Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord!

“Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”   (Acts 4:12)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#893 Spiritual Blessings – Work of the Triune God

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For the previous couple of weeks we have been looking at the spiritual blessings that are ours as Christians as Paul discusses them in the first chapter of his Epistle to the Ephesians.  In the first part of the chapter Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, describes God’s plan for salvation, doing so related to the work of God the Father in the past, the work of His Son, Jesus Christ, in the present, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the future.  That statement does not mean there are any works on our part in salvation as it comes immediately upon our accepting by faith Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.  What it does mean is that through the work of the Triune God we were chosen by the Father in the past, redeemed and forgiven when accepting Christ, and are sealed and assured in the future by the Holy Spirit.  What a blessing it is to know that we are loved enough by God that He has planned for us so great a salvation.

Are you not thankful God loved you enough to include you in His salvation plan?

“In Whom [Christ] you also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.”   (Ephesians 2:22)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#892 Spiritual Blessings – “Deposit” of the Holy Spirit

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Those buying a home generally are required to place an earnest-money deposit on the home which signifies that they are purchasing the home and that there is more to come in the way of payments.  In our life as Christians, the Holy Spirit indwells us, seals us, and is our “deposit” or guarantee of things yet to come.  Just as the Holy Spirit seals us, giving us assurance that our salvation and future inheritance in glory is secure, the Holy Spirit as our “deposit” guarantees our “inheritance” of salvation and heaven.  “In essence, the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit is a little bit of heaven in believers’ lives with a guarantee of much more yet to come.”[1]

Your eternity is guaranteed with the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit!  Be thankful and praise your Lord for such a spiritual blessing!

“…Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance…”   (Ephesians 1:13c-14a)

May God Richly Bless You Today

[1] Dallas Seminary Faculty, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Wheaton, Ill, Victor Books, 1983, pg. 618.