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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Learning To Open the Eyes of My Heart

In review of Ephesians 1:18 it says, “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.”

Bottom Line:
Be open enough to see his light and gain a deeper insight into the hope he has called us to, a rich and glorious inheritance.

What this means to me:
Paul prays that I can be open enough to see God’s light and that this will make my heart enlightened, giving me a deeper insight into the confident hope he has called me to. This hope is the richness of the wonderful blessings he promises to his people. It’s interesting how quickly I can forget. God does something good in my life, he answers a prayer, he bails me out, he helps me with a miracle; then the next time a problem comes along, I can forget that God’s miracle ever happened. Its short-term memory. When this happens, I may not remember the past blessings, and begin fearing the future. Learning to have spiritual vision is absolutely essential to my future success, stress level, stability, and strength. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision ... the people perish” (AMP). Without clear vision, hope can be easily lost. So when I find myself not seeing clearly, it may be pointing to the fact that I’ve lost my vision, and with it my hope. The key to making it through a struggle in life, no matter how long it lasts, is hope. This doesn’t come out of the sky; it comes from God’s vision. Ephesians 1:18 says, “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” (NIV). In this verse he’s talking about seeing with spiritual eyes and having spiritual vision. Hope comes from seeing life from God’s eternal perspective. If want God to work in my life, I need to ask him to open the eyes of my heart and to give me his vision for my life. Most recently God has provided tremendous healing and wonderful friends and family who have prayed and served me. This is something I hope to never forget. Today, I sense God telling me that I need to share my life and what I’m learning about walking with him with others. I feel that as I do this, that God will bless me greatly while I bless others.

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