SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:13-17
In Ephesians 1:15-17 Paul declares his first priestly prayer by effectively saying, ‘I heard that you just put your faith in the Lord Jesus. When I heard you got saved, I began to pray that God would begin the process of revealing Who He is so that you, the church at Ephesus, could understand that He has a developmental path and calling with your name on it. And the only way that you can traverse that developmental path is if you see exactly what it is. May God reveal it to you so that you can allow the Holy Spirit to move you along that path because it is an avenue of growth and development leading to Christian maturity, wisdom, and spiritual vitality.’ This path Paul spoke of is relational because we have been adopted by God Himself! Accepting our new family status facilitates growth and development until we achieve the fullness of the purpose that God intended. We have a Friend in the Holy Spirit Who helps us develop spiritual maturity. In verses 13 and 14 God said that we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Jesus had a lot to say about the Holy Spirit. Among many other benefits, the Spirit will lead us and guide us into all the truth. He will grow us up and will build our spiritual house within and cause us to stand in all the fullness of Christ. And as we learn to follow Him, He will show us things to come!