By Understanding

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Ephesians 1:15-21

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
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do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
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that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
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the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
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which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
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far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

In his very first prayer for the believers in Ephesus, Paul did not pray that the believers would be delivered from persecution. Nor did he pray that they would be free from trials and be filled with wealth and health. Of all things, he prayed for understanding and revelation of Christ.

When I was still a young Christian, I often spent hours searching for those warm affections that fueled my walk with God through prayer and worship. While there was nothing wrong with that, it took up most of my devotional time and studying of the Scriptures became secondary. When I did not ‘feel’ those emotions, I often became disappointed and thought that God was not near and something was wrong with me. Little did I know that the Bible says in Hebrews 13:5 that God will never leave nor forsake me! To believe that God was far away based on my emotions was a deception and was never true!

Along the years, I begin to understand the importance of spiritual understanding and enlightenment above those emotional affections. The Bible teaches us in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, who can understand it?” Our emotions are easily swayed by circumstances around us. They are never an accurate reflection of our reality both spiritually and physically. It is so important to be deeply anchored in the revelation of who Christ is for our emotions to be refined and aligned to the Truth.

The enemy takes us captive through deception and fleshly passions but Christ takes possession of us through understanding and our spirit. Thus, it is extremely important for believers to dwell and dig deep into the Scriptures, meditate upon them thoroughly and pray through them fervently.

In Paul’s prayer, he reminded us of three great truths: (1) Our Calling, (2) Our Inheritance and (3) Our Power. Notice how these great truths are appropriated neither through feelings nor emotions but only through understanding, as written in Ephesians 1:18-19:

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power..”

Let us make a decision today to be diligent students of the Word of God. Let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds through His Truth that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Let us pray.

Dear Lord, thank You for showing me the importance of understanding Your Truth through Your Word. Forgive me for not spending enough time on reading and studying the Scripture. Renew and refine my understanding and revelation of who You are and who I am in You. You Truth will strengthen me and set me free from the deceptions of the Enemy. I make a choice today to set my mind on things above and to renew my mind with Your Truth daily. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

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