Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christwith every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
This is one of the most profound truths and promises in the New Testament. This reminds us that if we are a real disciple of Jesus, who has been obedient to the commandments of Jesus according to the New Testament pattern, we HAVEalready been blessed with ALLspiritual blessings in the heavenly places. Note:
1- We are not blessed with some blessings – We are blessed with it all! The full salvation package is ours. Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places is ours to claim and to enjoy !
2- We are blessed with Spiritual blessings! It’s very easy for a believer to misunderstand that salvation package covers every desire of ours (whether it be spiritual or carnal). But this is not biblical.
3- We are blessed with these spiritual blessings already ! We don't have to wait till we reach heaven for these.
In Gen 24:10, Eleazar had the full resources of his master as he went out to seek a bride for his master’s son. Abraham is an emblem (or type) of Father God, Isaac is a type of Jesus Christ and Eleazar is a type of the Holy Spirit. Rebekah is the emblem of the bride. The Holy spirit is sent out to prepare a bride for the Lord Jesus and He brings along ALL the blessings that the father God wants us to enjoy. As we are being prepared as the bride of Christ, we need all blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Such huge spiritual blessings are needed for us to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust as the word reminds us in 2 Pet 1:4.
We have abundant spiritual blessings accrued to us in our heavenly bank account. Yet, there is a huge difference between having a million dollars in your bank and being able to use portions of that money as each need comes. In the word of God, we can see some reasons why most of the believers of Christ don’t enjoy the level of spiritual riches that the Lord wants us to enjoy.
Hindrances to Prayer
1. You do not ask God James 4:2 – This may seem very obvious, but millions of Christians don’t enjoy certain spiritual blessings simply because they don’t ask the Lord. You have to ask because you are conscious of the spiritual need. The word of God says: Blessed are the poor in spirit. It’s the contrite and poor in spirit who shall receive their answers to prayer.
2. You ask with wrong motives – James 4:3 –The Lord looks into our heart and one of the main reasons why He will not answer our prayers is that we have wrong motives hidden in our heart. Often, these are so well hidden that we ourselves don’t face these motives as wrong or evil. You ask with the motives of satisfying your own desires (and especially the desires of a worldly kind – as the Lord in the very next verse condemns the worldliness in a Christian – Friendship with the world is enmity with God).
3. You are double minded and without Faith James 1:6 – If we are without faith, if we continue to doubt our God, the word says: we are unstable, double-minded and we shall not receive anything from the Lord. If you see the gospel accounts of Jesus’ healing and deliverance works, often the person receiving the healing had a clear idea as to what they wanted. It's impossible to please God without Faith. Believe in Him and what mighty works He can do for you !
As we correct these above 3 hindrances to prayer, I am sure we would enjoy more of the spiritual blessings that the Lord desires to fill us in our lives.
Ask God ! Ask with a pure heart and motive ! Ask with Faith !
Dear friends, the world has never been as evil as it is now. We need the real power of our Lord in order to survive the earthly life without being defiled. May the Lord grant us a renewed prayer life and a life of greater intimacy with Him in order to appropriate ALL the spiritual blessings of Our Lord in the heavenly places!
God Bless !