Dear Friends in Christ:
Last things first today. My first thoughts of you are for a powerful monthly Life Lesson. My last thoughts are about money. However, last things first today only! Many of you know that our Growing in Grace Ministry has been funded by able partners for 20 years. In the last few years however, some have retired and some have gone to be with the Lord.
This provides a new opportunity for any of you who would like to take a more active role in the financial support of our ministry. As we continue the expansion of “The Galatian Road” Bible study, we are also incurring increased costs for materials production, DVD’s, social media, etc. But that is all good as we are discipling and awakening more and more Christians. Feel free to call me to discuss or simply respond at our address at the bottom of this Life Lesson; or on our website – www.gigm.org
NOW, ON TO OUR MONTHLY LIFE LESSON TO INFORM YOUR MIND AND UPLIFT YOUR SPIRIT.
BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matt 13:44 That man was blessed beyond belief!
Every born again Christian is also blessed beyond belief with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. (Eph 1:3) However, most Christians are not experiencing these blessings in their daily life because they do not know that they have them. And if you don’t know that you have them, it’s hard to experience the riches of the blessings.
Here is a true story to illustrate my point. During the great depression a man in East Texas owned a piece of property where he raised sheep to make a living to support his family. Because of the depression he was struggling to make ends meet, and also was about to lose his property because he couldn’t pay the small amount of property taxes that were coming due.
An oil company approached him saying, “We think there may be oil on your property and we would like your permission to drill a well.” With nothing to lose he gave them permission. After a few days of drilling they struck one of the largest oil deposits ever at that time which eventually produced over 80,000 barrels of oil every day! Almost overnight he became a very rich man worth millions, blessed beyond belief or was it truly overnight?
Let’s think this through. Actually he was a “blessed beyond belief” millionaire the day he bought the property. Isn’t that true? The oil was always there, but he just didn’t know it. Again, if you don’t know you have it, it’s hard to experience the riches of the blessings.
For born again believers all the spiritual blessings are there to experience. We have the divine nature, the fruit of the spirit, the spiritual gifts, the power over sin in Christ Jesus, etc. We have every blessing in Christ Jesus we need, but like the man in Texas; if we don’t know we are rich in Christ Jesus, we probably won’t experience the blessings.
A solution would be to examine the scriptures to find the truth about these blessings. Better yet, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless of course, you failed the test?”
II Cor 13:5
You see the truth is: Jesus lives in us to live His life through us. He is the reason we have every spiritual blessing, and we are blessed beyond belief.
“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus who has become for us wisdom from God, that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Cor 1:30,31
LIFE LESSON: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” II Peter 1:3.
Once you know the truth, the truth will set you free. We are blessed beyond belief.
We appreciate your continued prayer and financial support. We need both to meet the ministry obligations. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Growing in His Grace,
5200 South Lakeshore Drive Suite 213, Tempe Arizona 85283
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