Today’s PrayerLife marks the end of our 31 Day PrayerLife Journey 2015. I would like to leave you with one of the most beautiful blessings in all the Bible. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). A dear friend once made this insightful observation – “If you are opposed by God, you are supremely opposed.” God strongly supports those who embrace the life-giving character quality of humility.
We are in constant, cosmic spiritual warfare. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). We are to use the truths of our identity in Jesus as our spiritual weapons against Satan.
There is no greater blessing imaginable than being a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. That is our reality by virtue of being “in Christ”, having placed our faith in Him. The Apostle Paul declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ withevery spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3).
Our fundamental identity as followers of Jesus is that we are “in the Spirit” people. The Apostle Paul writes, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have theSpirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom. 8:9). We are not only filled with the presence of God, but we live and are essentially identified by the Spirit of God.
Do you feel the need to be refreshed and empowered deep inside? God can minister to us and strengthen us in the deepest parts of who we are. The Apostle Paul prays, “… that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:16). Join me as we pray for God’s rich strengthening in our inner being.
Each of us has false ideas, thoughts, values, and assumptions that inform our behavior daily. The Apostle Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). God calls us to align ourselves to His thoughts and values by allowing His truth to transform and renew our minds.
One of the most empowering passages in the New Testament is the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Our assignment on earth is to reproduce the life of Christ in the lives of others.