Happy Sunday! If you didn’t notice the change in title, today we start Planting and Tending to our garden.
Let’s read: SEED OF TRUTH
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: Ephesians 1:1-10 KJV
What I want us to do is look back through the passage and make a list of our spiritual blessings in Christ. If you have a journal or notepad, write them down. Is there one specific blessing that stands out or touches you this evening? If not, that’s just fine. As you see all of them, speak them to your heart and make them personal. Pause for a moment in reading and take some time to pray about them. Here is the same passage but in The Passion Translation:
1. Dear friends, My name is Paul, and I was chosen by God to be an apostle of Jesus, the Messiah. 2. I’m writing this letter to all the devoted believers who have been made holy by being one with Jesus, the Anointed One. May God himself, the heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, release grace over you and impart total well-being into your lives. 3. Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts! 4. And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence. 5-6. For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure! 7. Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace. 8. This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us, releasing within us all forms of wisdom and practical understanding. 9. And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time. 10. And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:1-10 TPT
Find out which one touches you. So for example, this is one that sticks out to me:
10 And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:10 TPT
Next, we Plant The Seed.
Quietly repeat this evenings focus verse to yourself; the one that sticks out to you. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it tonight and tomorrow.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Ephesians 1:3 KJV
Now that the verse is hidden in our hearts, we Water The Seed.
Think about what it really means to be blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing. It’s hard to phathom but it’s true! Take a couple minutes to prayerfully think about how you can start and continue through your day tomorrow with all of this in mind. When you have to make a decision, have a crisis, or find hard feelings arising, recite your verse quietly to yourself. Then, brothers and sister, go forward in faith believing “God has blessed me in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” Remember His strength and pray for it tomorrow morning. Remember His love.
We want to Bear The Fruit.
And the fruit of this reading is knowing we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. YOU, are blessed with every spiritual blessing!
Close In Prayer. Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today. Ignite that fire! Keep that seed deeply hidden so you can water it and bear fruit.
Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,
You Him and Her 💜