Spiritual Sight

Some of the most hopeful books of the Bible, Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians, come out of Paul's house arrest in Rome. The letter to the Ephesians gives a glimpse as to what the apostle Paul actually saw when he thought about life beyond his place of confinement.

First he saw the spiritual growth in the churches that he left behind. This book opens with a burst of thanksgiving for the vitality of the Ephesian church (Ephesians 1:15). Next he sought to open the eyes of their hearts to even more exalted sights: the riches of God" grace (Ephesians 2:7) when Paul cranks up the volume to express God's plan of love, not one low, mournful note sneaks in.

If you feel discouraged or question if the Christian life is worth it, understand what the Bible says about discouragement; Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22): fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.(Isaiah41:10). Ephesians proves to be a great tonic. It prescribes the riches in Christ available to everyone.

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