“Enlightenment for the New Year!"
Having the eyes of your hearts 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, 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. Ephesians 1:18-20
It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God, a part from the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit of God that gives us a spirit of WISDOM and of REVELATION in the KNOWLEDGE of CHRIST.
Our prayer for the New Year should be one that petitions God for SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING. That God might give us UNDERSTANDING of His Word, through the work of His Spirit. ENLIGHTENING us about the HOPE of our SALVATION, which is HOPE that is given to us NOT because of OUR GOODNESS, but because of GOD’S GLORIOUS GRACE. And to KNOW what are the riches of His GLORIOUS INHERITANCE for those who have TRULY GIVEN their HEARTS and LIVES to Him.
We should be ENLIGHTENED to the IMMEASURABLE GREATNESS of His POWER. The same POWER that was at work in Christ Jesus when He RAISED Him from the dead and then SEATED Him at His right hand in HEAVENLY PLACES. This POWER is an ENERGETIC POWER or WORKING POWER, it is also available to TRUE BELIEVERS, today, and it provides spiritual VITALITY, POWER and STRENGTH in living the CHRISTIAN LIFE.
As a TRUE BELIEVER, you can have ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY of VICTIORY through God’s provision of GRACE. Because of Jesus Christ’s DEATH, RESURRECTION, and ASCENSION to the RIGHT HAND of GOD. He is ABOVE ALL RULE, AUTHORITY, POWER and DOMINION. His NAME is ABOVE EVERY NAME that is named, NOT ONLY in this age, but in the one to come. As His Children we have the HOPE of spending ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Are YOU His Child? Is this YOUR DESTINY?
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT His Child, and you cannot have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him, nor can you spend ALL of ETERNITY in HEAVEN. Your destiny is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE. Your only HOPE is for you to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE, in Heaven, SEATED at the RIGHT HAND of God, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, with the HOPE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN. Let His HOLY SPIRIT ENLIGHTEN you to the IMMEASURABLE GREATNESS of God’s POWER, and develop a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Him. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!