SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Scripture: Ephesians 1:18-23
From the hope of God’s calling we grow into the glory of His inheritance. The glory is the anointing, the accompanying power that performs the works which Jesus did proving God is both very real and very powerful. The final phase is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power…” What does the exceeding greatness of God’s power look like? Maybe it looks like Moses confronting Egypt but there is also the primary purpose of saving people. Let’s trust we will get to participate in the salvation of many and discover the fullness of Christ through the Holy Spirit! Preparing to walk out Revelation is yielding to the Spirit at its finest, are we willing? If it looks like Revelation it is a toss-up as to whether throngs stand up for salvation or double down in judgment, it is a choice that has to be made. People are forced to choose self-will or God’s will. Greater obedience is required as God prepares the church for the greatest single season of fireworks in the history of mankind. Jesus died for a harvest of nations. We expect mercy to triumph over judgment for the harvest. Those experiencing the hope of His calling in developing the same relationship will start to see the glory of His inheritance and the greatness of His power which the Father worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. Winding up the age is a key event! Ephesians 1 pictures the church as” His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” The fullness of Christ, is displayed by the church in the last days. We can only do that if we fully surrender to the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:10 says the time is coming when in the fullness of the times, God will “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” As we bow to the King and submit to the Lordship of Christ we are welcoming the King. This is much more involved than merely driving to church every week and giving Jesus a little bit of time. A traditional church can’t get us there. Only churches committed to the Holy Spirit and the whole counsel of God’s Word can prepare us. Our pursuit should be to make Him fully Lord of our life. He chooses our career. He chooses where we go and what we do and when a conflict arises, we bow to His will. Intimacy has a price! There is a price to laying down our will and picking up His plan and will. Are we willing to fully surrender? If we are going to develop the same relationship with the Father that Jesus had that is really the essence of it. “Not my will but thine be done.” The battle of wills is over as we surrender to the Holy Spirit. Let’s make sure we are headed this way! The key is surrender!