Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 07-15-22

Intro: The family of God involves a whole bunch of folks: those who believed God in the past, everyone who believes God in the present, and all those who will come to believe God in the future. Every genuine believer is a family member, because we all have the same Father who is the Creator, as well as Owner of everything in the heavens and on earth (Heb 2:11). We all have the same Savior, who is Jesus the Living Word of God (2 Peter 1:1). Finally, we all have the same Spirit who leads our lives into Truth (John 16:13).

In our passage today, the Apostle Paul speaks about the identity of the Father’s children and the limitless resources that belong to each one. We have been made spiritually alive in Christ Jesus and the supernatural unlimited resources that belong to the Son also belong to us as the Father’s sons and daughters. We are the sons and daughters when our lives are led into righteous ways by the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:14). We may start out as spiritual toddlers, but eventually we must grow up in our understanding of what it means to be alive and powerful in Christ; to belong in the Father’s family.

When I think about being alive in Christ, I am filled with such gratitude, passion, and awe. We are so blessed by our Father! Jesus instructs us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened (Mat 7:7-8). This is a place of righteous power in the Spirit and it belongs to the family of God. Remember the Truth and allow Christ to be at home as Lord in your heart. Have a wonderful weekend…

Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Prayer (based on Verses 20-21): All glory to You, God, for You are able, through Your mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Glory to You in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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