When you wake up in the morning, how do you feel? Are you exhausted and dreading the day ahead of you? Do you jump out of bed excited about what adventure lies ahead? Maybe your response to daylight is a matter of being a morning person or not, but in terms of your life, how’s your heart?
I’ve been that person who no matter how much sleep they had, they just feel tired and worn out. I woke up in the morning, had a cup of coffee and by the time I’m in my car to work, I was thinking about how I wish my day would go by fast. That was definitely a season of hopelessness. Thank God, it was only a season.
Lately I’ve been reading Ephesians 1 over and over again because it is so exciting and it fills me with such expectancy! God has been refreshing my spirit and reminding me of who I am in Him. I just want to remind you, in case you’re struggling:
Did you know that you’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms? (3) You have everything you need – you lack nothing! You just gotta get it! Did you know in Christ you have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of [all] your trespasses? (7-8) And that forgiveness is based on His grace that He has lavished on us? He hasn’t and won’t withhold His grace from you- lavish means to give in extravagant quantities. Did you know that in Him you have an amazing inheritance with which He decided on before time!? You! Have you ever inherited something? It has nothing to do with what you have done and everything to do with who you are. God decided on giving you something before time began. That’s special. (11-14).
I pray that you too would receive the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him and that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened; that is, I pray that your spirit would be able to see and deeply perceive the things that God has for you, so that you know (without a doubt) the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (that’s you!) and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (17-20).
Did you know that this is the same power that raised our Jesus from the dead and seated Him so gloriously at the right hand of the Father? Yep, and it is towards you. And Christ is above everything. He is, in fact, far above all authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come (18- 21). Everything is beneath Jesus’ feet, and He is our head and we are His body. The church is filled with Him. He makes everything complete in every way (22-23).
How amazing! I hope you are refreshed. You should just go read the chapter again. And if you’re not a morning person, you should read this in the morning – it’ll make you happy.