If you are looking for a great verse to start off your week, look no further. I have a verse for you. It is Philippians 1:18-19. Paul is praying for us and he said, “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, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
If you ever wonder how you are going to make ends meet, rejoice. You have an extravagantly rich Father who has promised that you will participate fully in the family will. The great part is you get your inheritance without Him having to die. He can enjoy watching you prosper as He lavishes every blessing upon you. Notice also in Philippians 1, “In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”
Don’t skip over the words “lavish”, “pleasure” and “adoption to sonship.” Also note “freely given.” It is no wonder the first four books of the New Testament are called Gospels. Good News really isn’t strong enough. We need more powerful words to describe what is in store for us. Oh, there’s another good word Paul mentions. We receive “great power.” Say yes to Jesus. Accept the gift and welcome to the family. There is plenty for all. There are no losers. Everyone is a winner!
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 2, 2016
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