Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Pondering Paupers (of Spiritual blessing)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”
(Eph. 1:3).

When we ignore His divine power, who gives us everything we need to
live a godly life it is no small wonder we stumble...

  3as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
 through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
2 Peter 2:3

If we do not stand tall in times of peace
defending our faith,
how will we stand strong in times of persecution?!

For if they do these things in the green wood,
what will be done in the dry?”
Luke 23:31

If we, professing believers, do not with utter care weigh each action,
whether it is a stepping stone or a stumbling block to spiritual blessing
what is Godliness?
The new creation ought not resemble the old
in desires, in habits and in fruit.
When it does it, pray we take it before our holy, righteous, loving heavenly Father,
confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9)
Pray we covet the spiritual blessing that only devotion to God's commands can bring.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.
2 Cor. 5:17

Imagine if we coveted spiritual blessing like we do the material?

To be robbed of spiritual blessing
Is life’s greatest loss of all
To cower and never be hated
For the sake of standing tall, lest sin subtly entangles
And hinders us in the race
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus
And boldly defend His grace

Lest we forfeit sacred riches
Lest we hinder pleading prayers
Lest we trod the name of Jesus
Beneath our feet unawares

Lest we cause another to stumble
Lest we choose depravity
And then, robbed of spiritual blessing
Become a fruitless tree

 © Janet Martin  

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
 in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, 
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

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