Renewing Your Mind Day 10 – Changing My Mind About The Future

(Ephesians 1:18)  “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

Hope and inheritance look ahead to the future. Both are looking toward an end result. The “hope of his calling” looks to the promise of eternal life. Paul never refers to hope as an uncertainty. Hope in Paul’s epistles is the certainty of something that will surely come to pass. The inheritance is the glory of God operating “in the saints.”

Why does Paul pray for the saints to understand these things if they will not be experienced until some future time? Because God’s will is for us to use the light He sheds on this hope and inheritance in our lives here on this earth right now! Why else would Paul pray so fervently for the eyes of faith to be opened to these promises?

Our view of eternity affects how we live life right now. Is eternity a reality and certain fact to us or is it a distant dream? God’s plan for His people has always been to live in the light of eternity. How much would our lives change if we saw everything as it relates to our hope and inheritance? Instead of thinking about eternal life as something we have to wait for, the Lord designed us to live it out as a present possession. Instead of believing we are not heirs until we die, the Lord already made us heirs, joint-heirs with Christ! Better yet, we’ve already received the inheritance! The glory of the Lord can work through us while we are here on this earth if we would just allow it to operate as a fact in our lives.

Renewed Thought – Live today in the reality that eternal life is a present possession.

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Renewing Your Mind Day 9 – Changing My Mind About The Present

(Eph 2:4-6) “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:”

As far as God is concerned, we have already been raised up together with Christ. We are already seated together with Him in Heaven. Although you aren’t there yet, God sees you as if you were already reigning in the heavenly places! This is a powerful truth about your identity in Christ. It is a key to understanding and appreciating how God sees you.

This is where we find the real depth and core of living the Christian life. Living as a real Christian isn’t about measuring up to a standard or trying hard. Real Christianity is living in the present in a way that is consistent with who we already are – seated next to Christ in heaven!

Renewed Thought – Do you want to live a life that pleases God? Align your life with who He’s already made you to be in heaven.

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