“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
This is my prayer for you all this morning as it was with the apostle Paul for the church at Philippi. Over the last couple days I have experienced such an overwhelming sense of being consumed and enveloped within the love Jesus has for you and I; His bride. Yesterday there seemed to be too much before me, being held in my heart to even put into words and therefore I was somewhat restrained from writing yesterday. Confession is good for the soul it has been said, so I’m simply being very transparent here. What can I say and what can I do when overwhelmed as such in the presence of my Saviour? Oh, how He desires that we come into a fullness in knowing Him. Oh how He loves us!
I sense that I experience somewhat like Paul, a thorn that prevails in my flesh to this day. I still experience incomphensible limitations from time to time in my body that come and go even though I am walking in absolute belief and trust that I am fully healed from nearly a decade of chronic illness that taught me and instilled within a grace and strength that I could not have gained any other way other than to go through the pain and suffering that I have and the periods where my faith and believing in God was seemingly pushing the envelope of what I thought I could bear.
The grace of God carried and brought me through it all and continues to do. I believe all of this has and had to be so that I would not become too confident upon my own strength and understanding. This has away of instilling a wisdom beyond one’s years. I do not boast here on behalf of my self at all; please understand that to God, I ascribe all the honor and glory.
What is required of me, I recently asked? The answer came right away and it was “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 ESV) This He has shown me indeed.
Open the eyes of my heart O Lord, even more, that the eyes of my understanding are ever being enlightened, more and more with each passing moment. This is my heart’s cry. To be holy and blameless before him in His love, beyond human understanding, to go the extra measure, predestined for adoption to the Father as a child of God through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.
This he has blessed us within the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.
Through such God has been making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. This is what the Cross fulfills for you and I. It is all done by Jesus for us at the Cross. The only that remains is for us to walk it out in loving faith; will you believe God?
I close this writing out this morning with the following prayer for the body of Christ; “may your love be built up in your most holy faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, increasing more and more unto perfection in Him towards the moment of his return.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
Jesus, being far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come; shall have all things under his feet and be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. All to the glory of God the Father though His so Jesus Christ, and Yes to every Amen, may you and I reflect such in Jesus’ name”. Keep yourselves in the love of God and “be this” in all you do and with all you meet in the way of this adventure called life. It is a priceless gift; don’t ever take it for granted and allow it to just be spent and waste away. Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt. I love you and may you have a blessed day my friends.