Faith of a Father

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; – Hebrews 10:23

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5th Spiritual Blessing

I’m sorry it has been awhile since I have posted here. I have been extremely busy at home and traveling some for work. As I move through the book of Ephesians I am trying to reconstruct what and how I covered this book with my family several months ago and I hope to move at a faster pace but we shall see.

Spiritual Blessing Continued:

The fifth Spiritual Blessing found in this chapter is that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. This is found in verse thirteen. In the past, letters were sealed with wax and upon receipt of a letter the seal was examined. If it was unbroken, this meant that the letter was sealed by the author and not opened, forged or tampered with by anyone. Likewise with us, we as Christians have heard the truth, trusted and believed the true Word of God and are now sealed by the Holy Spirit. He has placed his seal upon our lives and we are separated and set apart from the world and belong to Him. His seal confirms this. I am so glad for this Spiritual Blessing because our salvation is sealed by His power and authority and there is nothing that we can do to change that promise.
As we look over these 5 Spirit Blessings I trust that you, like I, can see how such blessings are more valuable then anything this world has to offer. Praise God that as Christians, we are adopted, bought back, shown the mystery of His will, given a Heavenly inheritance and then sealed by the Holy Spirit. Can you image what our lives would be like today and in the future if any one of these blessings were unavailable to us? Imagine how if for just one day your home was without the presence of a loving, caring, merciful God.
I thank God that our personal relationship with God was bought with a price I could not pay and is secured by the Holy Spirit and not by my might, authority or ability. If it were, there would be no hope to ever see the gates of heaven let along be able stand in His presence one day.

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Ephesians 1 – 2nd and 3rd Spiritual Blessings

The second spiritual blessing we see in this chapter is in verse 7.   It is the blessing of our redemption.  Imagine if God’s judgment required that we had to purchase our own salvation.  What do I have in and of myself to offer to God?  Nothing.  While I look at my life and think I’m a pretty good guy overall, it only takes a minute to realize that if I my life were weighed in the scales of good verse evil, I would be found lacking.  I would come short of the glory of God.  How about you?  How would you do?  In Isaiah 64:5 it says that even our righteousness is as filthy rags.  I won’t get into the details here but if one looked up the word filthy used here we’d find that it is not referring to just a dirty rag but a rag truly disgusting.  If our righteousness is so vile, what does our sin do in the nostrils of God?    It is truly amazing the God would send His only begotten Son to die for us, for me.  Praise the Lord that Christ was willing to come to earth, He who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might be saved.     

The third spiritual blessing is in verse 9 when Paul says “Having made know unto us the mystery of his will”.  Prior to Christ’s arrival on earth, the Old Testament saints had to look forward to the redemptive work of the Messiah.  We are blessed to know that Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection was the fulfillment or revelation of this mystery.  For that I am so thankful.  I have told my wife Sherry many times that I don’t get hints very well, just tell me what you want me to know.  Carrying this over into the spiritual realm, I am blessed to be able to look back at the redemptive work of Christ yet I marvel at how great a faith the Old Testament saints had to have prior to Christ’s birth.

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More on Ephesians 1

Today I want to pick up where I left off in the book of Ephesians chapter one.  We note that Paul first praises God for the blessings that He has blessed us with, acknowledging that these blessing are spiritual blessings, in heavenly places, the best blessings that we as Christians can receive. These blessings are not physical or material blessings, so what are these spiritual blessings?  We have to look further in the text to answer this question.

I love this next verse.  He, God, has chosen us, me, before the beginning of this world to be holy and without blame before Him in love.  This is how he created man, Adam, in the garden.  God chose us to be holy and without blame but we chose to not to be holy and without blame.  It was man’s a choice.  God didn’t make the thief a thief, a liar a liar, a gossip a gossip, a homosexual a homosexual, nor the blasphemer a blasphemer, we have all chosen to be that way.  Yet God, in his infinite wisdom, knowing what we would ultimately choose, still chose us, He chose ME before the foundations of the world.  And still knowing that mankind, that I, would choose not to be holy and without blame He still created the universe and all that is within with US in mind.  Oh what a God we have!

 After Paul tells us when God chose us and what God’s desires for us to be, Paul begins to talk about the spiritual blessings God has given us.  Knowing that we would choose not to be holy and without blame, God already had a plan in mind.  God knew that through our sin of rebellion we were the enemies of God and children of the devil.  The resolution to this condition was that we would need to be adopted. Through His forgiveness and His plan of redemption we could be a part of His family if we would only accept this eternal gift.  Through accepting this free salvation gift of adoption we are made accepted, with grace and favor, with the same love in which God loves Christ.  This is the first spiritual blessing.

More spiritual blessings to come!

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Ephesians 1:1-2

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I don’t plan to post all the verses as I ramble through the book of Ephesians but we’ll see how it goes.

Paul begins this book as he does his other writings, by declaring who he is and to whom he serves. As I look at Paul’s example I am admonished in my spirit that as I begin each day, I must remind myself that I am a servant of the most High and Holy God. As I walk through the day, I am a living testimony of His grace in my life. If we, if I would remember this one thing each and every morning how different would our days be. Too often I wake up and immediately being thinking about what my day at work will be like. How much more of a servant would I be if I woke up each morning acknowledging who I am and who I serve? How would this change my day? How would this change how I am as a husband and as a father?

Paul goes on and declares that he is an apostle by the will of God. This is important phrase in that Paul was chosen by God, not by man to do what he was called to do. This relates to each of us in that as Christians, we are called by God to His service. To often we as Christians find ourselves doing good things because we are called by man to do them but then fail to set those things up and measure them against God’s will and direction for our lives. Good things may not always be the right things to do. As a husband and a father of young children, I need to be careful that the work of the “ministry” does not overtake my work as a husband and father. Too often I have seen fathers of young family become so involved in “ministry” that they have failed to ministry first to their family. Subsequently, on the surface their “ministry” appears to blossom but their family suffers.

The first verse in this book ends with Paul telling us that he is not just writing to a select few but to all that are faithful in Christ Jesus. I trust that as I dig deeper into this book, God will use His inspired words through Paul’s writings to bring more and more nourishment to my soul.

Have you ever stopped to think that real Peace cannot be gained without the Grace of God? The other day in a discipleship class that my oldest son and I attend was discussing peace and the difference between the world’s peace and God’s peace ( the undeserved love and favor of God). The world uses the term peace so often such as “world peace”, “peace in the middle east”, “peace of mind”, etc. but the world cannot know real peace apart from the Grace of God. Paul was telling the Ephesians that he loves them and that he desires for them (and the faithful in Christ Jesus) to have the Grace of God in their lives to have His Peace.

What a great desire for us as fathers to have, to desire that our wives and children would grab hold of God’s Grace that even in the mist of trial and troubles, we my rest in the wonderful Peace that only He can give.

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Beginning in Ephesians

I’m going to begin a study in the book of Ephesians. Over past months I have been mediating on this book and have found it to be a real blessing. I started in the last chapter at first but found myself going to the previous chapter, and then to the previous chapter and so forth. By the time I got to the first chapter it became very clear to me why I believe Paul wrote this book. It is a book about relationships. While I have never heard anyone tie it together as a book about relationships, I’m sure that it has been done as there is nothing new under the sun.

I don’t pretend to be a scholar and through this study I am sure that I will miss plenty of what God has to say. But my study is for me and how God has used and continues to use this interesting book in my life.

While I can’t promise my postings will be everyday. I hope to post at least 3-4 times a week. Feel free to add your comments and insight as I walk through this great book.