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Charles Stanley
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Living Life Successfully: a devotional approach to real life
Living Life Successfully: a devotional approach to real life

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We are his workmanship. Not only did God create Adam and Eve and by extension us through procreation. We are each God's workmanship. That means we are all uniquely made by God as he pleases. As the saying goes, "God don't make no mistakes." This is not to say God created us with our propensity to sin in our own certain ways, so it's OK to sin. It is to say; God has made us with a certain intelligence, gifts, talents, physical abilities, etc. It is these that make us who we uniquely are; we are God's workmanship. http://j.mp/2ybWcon
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Paul writes of two immeasurable things, God's power that was demonstrated in Christ's resurrection and God's grace that is manifest in our salvation through grace alone. He prayed that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened to give us an experiential knowledge of what is immeasurable. Today we look at God's immeasurable grace toward us who believe the gospel. http://j.mp/2yaltwS
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Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1 is for experiential knowledge, the enlightening of your heart, not just your brain. Good academics, sound doctrine, is very good. I get thrilled with academically sound doctrine.  But, sound doctrine, even with a little questionable academics, that has been seared into your heart by the Holy Spirit's spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him is far better. It is truth that has been made powerfully alive in you as a result of this encounter with the Holy Spirit that Paul is praying for the Ephesians, and we should pray for ourselves. http://j.mp/2yrzPvI
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Paul prays that we will have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him so that we can know the riches of his inheritance in the saints, that is we who are believers in the promise. Two points: He is the inheritor, we are the inheritance. http://j.mp/2fIwPjm
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In my last post, What a difference the Holy Spirit makes, I emphasized from this passage the fact that Christianity is a heart thing. If you only have an academic grasp and not an emotional grasp of the reality of Christian doctrine, you are missing the personal immediate relationship with Jesus that is intended and promised in Scripture. That doesn't mean you aren't a Christian. What is needed is a heart-level revelation of the truth. This is not academic, it is experimental. Holy Spirit applied Christianity if you will.
Now, I want to delve a little into the content of the prayer requests Paul prays, and I recommend we model after him. http://j.mp/2foEymm
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I want to encourage any readers who find their emotional life with God lacking. I'm not writing that everyone should be "falling under the power,' or dancing through the congregation every service. I am saying; you should have an emotional connection to Jesus Christ that is apparent to you and on occasion to others. http://j.mp/2hlWLSr
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As Christians, what we have we have purely by virtue of being in Christ. He is the one who inherits all things. We are blessed "in Christ" with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. That is a rather all-encompassing statement. Paul goes ahead and breaks it down in the following section giving us five examples of the blessings we have in Christ. http://j.mp/2w4NynB
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Have you limited yourself to a photograph when you could have the real thing? The Apostle Paul refers to certain observances as shadows while the substance is Christ.
The Colossian church had this problem of syncretism, mixing false religion with the truth, and so some degree so do we. The question is, do you? Think about it. http://j.mp/2xn589I
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Do you want to give God a gift he will truly appreciate? When someone has done something significant to help us, it is natural to want to do something for them in return. We want to pay people for the service they have rendered to us. These days it seems that cash is the go to currency. There was a day when it would have been a freshly baked pie or a casserole.

But what gift do we give God?http://j.mp/2wniVJ7
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Wouldn't it be great if whenever we prayed for something we would see the answer we want right away? Our God is sovereign and can do anything; he could answer prayers that way. It is in his power to do so. But it isn't in his purpose to do so. What, then, is his stated purpose? You'll like this... http://j.mp/2xRaHv5
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