Thursday, October 12, 2006

All You’ll Ever Need

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, God has blessed with you everything you’ll ever need. Every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies already belongs to you.

Now, don’t go thinking that, because it says spiritual blessing, it has nothing to do with the natural world. What goes on in the spiritual realm has everything to do with the natural realm. For this natural world was created by God, who is Spirit. What happens in the natural realm is totally dependent upon the spiritual realm. So when God blesses you with every blessing in the spiritual realm, it also affects everything in the natural realm.

Many Christians seem to think that we only receive a few spiritual blessings now, and that we will receive the rest, the greater majority, when we leave this life for the next — at least they live like that is what they think. But the truth is that, when we get to heaven, we will not receive anything there that we have not already received here.

We do not need to receive any more blessing from God. All we really need to do is learn how to live in the blessing we have already received, for it is more than enough to enable us to be and do what God has called us to be and do in this world. And that is what discipleship is about — learning how to walk in the blessing of God in such a way that it changes the world.

We are already blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. In fact, that is where we are seated in Christ Jesus—in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6). We are born of heaven, our citizenship is in heaven and we live on this earth as ambassadors of heaven. Our job is to bring forth heaven on earth, just as Jesus taught us to pray: “Kingdom of God, come. Will of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We are authorized to bind on earth what has already been bound in heaven, and loose on earth what has already been loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18). Jesus also promised that as we come into agreement with each other on earth concerning anything, it will be done for us by our Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19). In this way, the spiritual blessing we have received is able to bring forth blessing in the natural realm.

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, God has already blessed you with everything you’ll ever need. Are you learning to walk in the blessing and live the life of heaven on earth? Then you are becoming a world-changer.

(See also All You'll Ever Need, Part 2)