Vs. 6 The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more. THE MESSAGE
Jesus you are the Word! A living word that is coming alive inside of my life. My life with my actions and words becomes the Message when you live within me. Jesus you alone are the truth and if there be any truth within me it is there only because of you. You are the same truth today as you were yesterday, because you never change. Your truth, your word and your presence is what is changing my life and making me whole. Your word is alive within my spirit and this brings life to others when they see and hear this spoken word of truth. Jesus you are so powerful. You are the word that makes all the difference in the universe. Now that I am partaking at your table in communion with your life and death, then I am hungry for more.
|Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane), oil painting by Heinrich Ferdinand Hofmann (Heinrich Hofmann). The original is at the Riverside Church (Riverside Church, New York City). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Vs. 9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things–
10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].
11 [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, tab
11 We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul–not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. THE MESSAGE
Wow! What a prayer! There is no greater prayer for the faithful – the saints of God. Let’s meditate on this prayer and receive it into our spirits. Paul is so faithful in his prayer times to state that from this day he has not ceased praying for these faithful saints adding to their blessing. Can we add to others blessings? Can we be so happy for others that we pray that God will add to their spiritual insight and bless them with greater riches? What is the richest gift Paul could give these saints? A clear, deep knowledge of Jesus Christ, so that they know his perfect will and it is translated deep into their soul, so their mind is operated by their heart with spiritual insight, not fleshly lusts. Decisions not made with logic or any other great mental capabilities, but decisions made with wisdom from above. There is no greater blessing than to have insight into the ways and purposes of God, because now we can pray perfectly and have a positive effect in others lives. We may wish to know Jesus in the flesh, but it will never have the eternal impact of knowing his thoughts in a personal way. Ask for this gift of understanding and discernment of spiritual things, then you will know Jesus in the most personal and victorious way a person could ever know the King of the Universe.