every spiritual blessing
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
Every spiritual blessing… what does that mean exactly? If we have been blessed “in the heavenly realms” with “every spiritual blessing in Christ,” then how do we appropriate those blessings into our very natural realm?
Here is the way that I look at it: there is a heavenly account with my name on it, and Jesus is the overseer. The Holy Spirit, who connects me to the heart of the Father, leads me in the way that will require me to draw from that heavenly account. I pray and ask the Lord for the blessing I need as I step out to serve Him in ways that are beyond my natural ability, and He deposits into my spirit those things so that I am strengthened to walk faithfully.
Honestly, I believe everything that we will ever need for our lives on earth is already in our heavenly accounts just waiting for our withdrawals. It would be the same for an inheritance left for a newborn baby that will cover every possible expense for his entire lifespan. That person would only need to go to the bank and make a withdrawal as needs arrive. We do the same with our heavenly accounts.
Yesterday morning, I spoke a simple request to the Father. I was very confused with the many routes that are available to me as I step out in a new area of ministry. “Lord, show me the right way so that I am not confused,” was my prayer. Within an hour, the phone rang, and the path that I was seeking began to look clearer. With that call came great rejoicing because I know that my steps are ordered of God!
I love running this race of life in the Lord Jesus Christ! I aim to fix my eyes on Him, the Author and Perfecter of my faith, and to find that when I cross the finish line, my heavenly account is emptied.
Father, I truly desire to exhaust my heavenly account and expend all of my spiritual blessings while I run my race for you. I trust you completely with the course I am to take and the provision I will need along the way. I praise You for being the faithful Father described in Matthew 7:11 who gives so graciously to His children who ask of Him.