The eyes of our heart ask, “Are we cast out to despair? Or, are we blessed with every spiritual blessing?” Ephesians has the answer!

No one is immune to the trials that drag the very core of who we are through the dredges of the lives that we attempt to lead. Making a presentation and watching your audience fall asleep. Sitting in a cold office as your boss hands you a pink slip that tells you that you don’t work here anymore. Standing besides a crib and watching your baby take it’s last breaths. The list goes on. Yet, this isn’t a story of the list of painful moments that all of us maintain. It’s not a recounting of the moments that have left our lives in shreds. This isn’t a story of getting knocked down. Oh no. This is a story about finding the understanding that leads us to get back up off the floor. This is a story of true success. This is a story of the eyes of our hearts. When the eyes of our hearts scream from the pain of abandonment and despair, the book of Ephesians fills the eyes of our hearts with bright light and amazement.

Ephesians talks about the amazing love that God has for us. It’s full of sensational news. We are given every spiritual blessing. We’ve been selected before the beginning of time to be adopted by God. Our debt has been paid for every wrong that we’ve ever done. We’ve been given wisdom and understanding. We’ve been given the armor of God. And so much more. Most of all, the book of Ephesians, through doctrine and practical advice, shows us that the Christian life is definitely worth the effort.

Read Ephesians. Read every single paragraph. Study it and believe it. God doesn’t lie.

Once you’ve read it, answer this question. What do you find most joyful about Paul’s message?

2 thoughts on “The eyes of our heart ask, “Are we cast out to despair? Or, are we blessed with every spiritual blessing?” Ephesians has the answer!

  1. For me it is about our inheritance (Eph 1:11). All the rubbish we go through in this life is all about the inheritance, which includes unfettered access to God!

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  2. Great comment, Nate! To me, Paul, who wrote a lot of the New Testiment, has intrigued me for a long time. I could never understand how he could endure so many bad things (shipwrecks, stonings, imprisonments, etc.) and still be full of joy. He said that he learned the secret of contentment. I’ve pondered that for a long, long time. Eventually, I started to see the difference between thinking 200 years from now (being in heaven) instead of two minutes from now. My perspective started to really change. And its lead me to totally agree with you. The idea that in the short-term things may really hurt, but long term will be fabulous. To suffer pain now, so my friend can spend eternity with God. To know that true justice and discipline are a part of how God’s helping us to grow. I’ve only scratched the surface of this, but I still already feel the incredible freedom and joy that it brings. Thanks for the reminder!

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