I Understand Now!
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of glory of his inheritance in the saints." Ephesians 1:17-18
God reveals hidden mysteries through revelation by the Holy Spirit and in His Word. We cannot understand His Word by human insight or wisdom. To understand God's Word, we must continually ask Him to enlighten the eyes of our heart. He wants us to know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us. To the extent we understand these spiritual resources, we will enjoy God, our lives will become easier because of our trust in Him and we will glorify Him forever. David spoke of understanding God in Psalm 37:3-7.
1. "Trust in the Lord, and do good..." (vs. 3). Trusting in the Lord releases a level of awareness that causes us to want to obey Him. We trust in the Lord because we believe in Him; we count on Him being our helper (Hebrews 13:6). It may take time to get used to the idea that the Holy Spirit (God in you) is always there and always available to be our helper. 'Doing good' is choosing a faith, love and joy attitude with a love response to every person and every event. It is speaking God's Word, giving praise and encouragement and doing right when no one is looking. Sowing seeds of doing good produces abundance for us and the world around us.
2. "Delight thyself also in the Lord..." (vs 4). It takes an uplifted attitude of being thankful for all things to experience delight in the Lord (I Thessalonians 5:18). The faith process challenges our concepts. How much time do we waste being concerned about ourselves (Isaiah 40:26)? Focus on knowing God and His Word instead of trying to know yourself (Psalm 16:11).
3. "Commit thy way unto the Lord..." (vs 5). This is a power choice. If we do not choose to walk in His Spirit every day, the choice will be made for us by circumstances and they will soon control us. Meditate on Proverbs 3:5-6.
4. "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him..." (vs 7). Rest is one of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind; it is His peace. The peace provision of Christ is our power position in life. Resting in His peace is a high level of revelation that challenges us to stop approval based behavior; it is the mental and emotional shift from trying to trusting. In this revelation, it is possible to live a guilt-free, anger-free, fear-free life.
Above is the promise from the Lord at work in our lives from David's Words. Wrap these words together and we'll come to a place of experiencing total provision and continuous supply. This is a natural way of living with Christ as our Savior.
1. Jesus paid for and completely removed Adam's sin (Romans 6:6). The source of human lack, fear, pride, greed and human suffering does not exist; it is dead and it went back to God. The drive to doubt, fear, hurt, defend or cause an offense was under the influence of Adam's sin. The battle is with our memories of wrong believing and habits of wrong thinking and speaking. Now I, as a believer in Christ, do not have a sin nature, I have the new nature of Christ. I only have memories of wrong thinking which I am used to doing.
2. When Jesus died on the cross, He released our past which gives us the potential to be free from it. "...old things are passed away..." is in Aorist-tense which means already done (II Corinthians 5:17). Christ disconnected us from the past, but we must apply faith to experience that provision. We become connected to "everyone in Christ" as a new creation. This is by the work of Jesus Christ; it is a gift.
3. The work of faith is to recognize the hidden wrong thoughts (beliefs) that cause wrong speaking:
- Judging people and things by past experiences. As we live life, there will be opportunities for judgement to arise. The thought causes the feeling of judgement and at the moment, we think we are right. The need to be right is a main branch of the dead nature.
- Jumping to conclusions. Jumping to conclusions is an undercover urge from the dead nature; quick to assume the negative about ourselves, others or situations; quick to blame and make excuses for lack.
- The right to be offended and to defend what we think is right. Some people become offended when faith is spoken because they hear wrong. "How dare you say I don't have enough faith!" That is not what is said. We all have faith in Christ, but at times we have the wrong response to something. The need to be right or defend our lack causes us to rise up and defend what does not work. This is the opposite of James 3:17-28 (attitude instructions).
Heavenly Father, I speak by Jesus Christ's name. I see many hidden wrong ideas in my thinking. I release them to You with repentance, and I replace them with Your Word of faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6). I receive Your unconditional love that I am calling upon to express to myself and to others. I say this to be so in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.