Ephesians 1:17–21 – Our Daily Prayer

Ephesians 1:17-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [a]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the[b]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He [c]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.

  • Proverbs 4:7 says “Getting wisdom is the most important thing that you can do!” (The Living Bible)
  • The knowledge of Jesus is defined in the text as wisdom! “… [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].…”
  • Do we truly know and believe the grace and power that is in our life the unmerited favor because of Jesus act on the cross?
  • Do we know how much we are loved?
  • Jesus knew He was the beloved son of God! Do we know that we are the beloved sons and daughters of God?
  • Focus on Jesus and see Jesus, know He is with you and loves you deeply, trust in His active power in your life!
  • This is key for us to achieve victory through Christ!

 

Activate God’s Favor in Your Life – Joseph Prince Sermon #447

  • God is a good God, He is a generous God and wants to see your life prosper in every way
    • Prosperity is not popular to hear in some circles. Despite that, the bible is full of it, such as in 3 John 2, “ Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
    • Imagine 3 John 2 is God’s heart. The Apostle would not write this if it wasn’t God’s heart
  • What I share will bless you, sometimes medicine is not good to take, but it will help you
  • 1st give a faith picture
    • Look to the substance of the bible and we see that the bible is photo album – faith pictures
      • Psalm 1:27 is a faith picture for the family, children in the hand of God hitting the mark.
      • Happy will your wife be she will be like an olive tree planted around your house – picture of prosperity also in Psalm. Olive is so needed, means that your wife is full of anointing.
      • Psalm 1, “you are like a tree planted.” Someone cared enough to plant you (God), by the waters – continued supply; you will bring forth fruit in season, fruit for every season. Don’t confuse works with fruit. Works are your self-effort; fruit is produced from God’s life in you. Moses, his eyes were not dimmed nor his natural force was not abated (Deuteronomy 34:7).
      • Psalm 1 – whatsoever he does shall prosper. Don’t get the wrong idea. Does not mean that you won’t make mistakes, but you will be launched off from that mistake. However, that does not justify sin. God will use sin when we fail however. God used David’s sin to bring forth Solomon. God can take your mess and create good.
      • Joseph in Genesis 39. Joseph sold by brothers who were on way to Egypt. In Egypt he was sold as a slave like a cow. The beloved and favored son that had a coat of many colors (destined to be a ruler), now he is likely stripped naked. All sense of special favor stripped from him. Genesis 39:2 tells us that the Lord was with Joseph. When you have nothing, not even the cloths on your back but the Lord is with you, you will get it all back. When the Lord is with you, you have everything and will be successful. The Hebrew bible says, “…the Lord caused him to be successful…” The Lord can cause you to be successful. He had no connections, he was a slave, the Lord caused his success. Genesis 39:3 “…his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did…
        • Joseph had favor from God
        • It is not looks, works or anything else that success comes from, it is God’s undeserved and unearned favor.
        • Genesis 39:5 …the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph…”
        • Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him – some say if I have God’s favor, why do I get into trouble?
          • The trouble is designed by God as a stepping stone and led to him standing in the presence of the Pharaoh, Led him to be second in command of Egypt.
          • When God causes you to prosper there will be trouble, but the trouble will be a stepping-stone.
          • Bad things turn for good.
        • Joseph couldn’t commit this evil act, so he resisted and ran away. He was able to resist since he had a sense of God’s divine favor on him. Are you willing to do things right and expect God’s favor to make up the difference? If you compromise than you cannot say God prospers you. God doesn’t want you depending on your works. If you want to be like Joseph do not compromise.
  • One thing that will stop grace from flowing.
  • In early church there was great grace (Acts 4:32-34)
    • Healings
    • Raisings from the dead
    • No one lacked
    • Great grace is great power!
    • Great grace produces the wisdom that you need – Solomon understood grace and the favor of God and asked for wisdom
    • Favor empowers you to go and sin no more
    • By grace you are saved through faith
    • Healing is by grace – unmerited and undeserved
    • You do not have to do anything, no works, nothing. It is unmerited, undeserved, unearned. Give Jesus the glory – we just need to receive.
  • When we receive it should inspire us to go and sin no more. The grace comes before.
  • What stops the grace from flowing?
    • Not sin – revival happens in the midst of sin
    • Self-righteousness stops it!
      • Devil doesn’t mind if you prosper when you do the works – that is not God’s favor.
    • We need to rely on the favor of God to prosper not works.
      • Don’t think it is you – e.g. I have always been good in this subject, etc.
      • Devil says “do your best.” 10 commandments are for today, do your best to keep it, knowing that if they do their best people will end up doing the very thing that the commandments say don’t do. However, following the spirit (Holy) you end up fulfilling the righteousness of the law without even trying to.
      • When we sin declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. This is where the power is, not in wallowing in the sin and condemning ourselves.
    • All of us have secret roots waiting to burst.
      • We have all broken the 10 commandments if not in deed in thought.
      • People often feel that they are ½ bad.
        • If you feel this way, you are in for a fall.
        • You don’t think you are all that bad – this is a problem, this is self-righteousness.
        • God wants us to learn that our flesh is really bad
        • We are a new creation we are not our flesh. However the flesh is in you and it will hurt you.
        • Apostle Paul said in my flesh is no good thing (Romans 7:18). Don’t trust your flesh. Don’t have confidence in the flesh.
        • We cannot have confidence in the flesh; think we are ½ bad, etc. We are not a criminal, not a drug addict, murder, etc. and we rely on the flesh and this stops grace (Galatians 5:4). The moment we are self-righteous we have fallen from grace.
        • Grace is a supplier, but we cannot receive grace when we are self-righteous.
        • Moment we are trying to be justified by the law we are fallen from grace – grace is higher than the law.
        • All sinners were healed when they came to Jesus. The only ones unable to receive were the Pharisees and Scribes who knew the bible. They boasted in their capacity to keep the law and follow it.
        • Receive righteousness as a gift don’t do things to receive
        • 2 Corinthians 6:1 – Don’t receive the grace of God in vain. How do we receive the grace of God in vain? Look at the preceding verse.
        • 2 Corinthians 5:21, we don’t accept that we are righteous through Christ. We do not declare this with our whole heart, because we aren’t ½ bad. We need to recognize we are all sinners and receive the righteousness.
        • Greatest thing we can do is to take the place that God has given you.
        • Often we sin and we say, “God I promise to never do that again.” We mean it; but it is the wrong thing to say. We can confess our sin, go ahead, but than declare that you are righteous in Christ, you are forgiven in Christ, take your place and rest. When you do this, you honor Jesus the one who became sin. Do not feel sinful feel loved, feel favored, feel forgiven, because of Jesus. Treasure what Jesus did for you. The place you take is that you are righteous. Not because of what you have done or who you are, it is a gift.
        • Grace can only reign through righteousness (Romans 5:21)
        • If you feel sin conscience that is a form of self-righteousness, trying to atone for your sins.
        • Grace cannot reign through shame or sin conciseness, or I will do my best. When we declare that we are the righteousness of God through Christ, grace and favor will reign especially when we sin (2 Corinthians 4:13). We believe so we speak.
        • Philippians 3:1-5 “Rejoice in the Lord.” Rejoice in the Lord not your flesh. “…we are the circumcision…and have no confidence in the flesh…”
        • Confidence in the flesh is being confidant in your accomplishments.
        • Have to kill the part that says “I am only 30% bad.”
        • Favor only reigns through the gift of righteousness of Christ.
        • “I am pretty, I smile and God does things for me.” This may be true but you don’t get the things you do from the favor of God. “My father is rich I can get things done.” Maybe, but again rely on your spiritual father not your natural father.
        • Your trust, your boast has no part. You worry and are concerned tells you that you trust in other things other than God.
        • Abraham had a secret root in his life; he didn’t trust God for his wife. He was afraid regarding this and it caused all sorts of problems for him.

Joseph Prince 1

        • Flesh can also manifest in shame, condemnation, defensiveness, or an inferiority complex.
        • When we sin there should be Godly sorrow, but not shame, we should not be occupied with our shortcomings and ourselves. We need to be occupied with God. We can be sorry horizontally (we disappointed someone or we are exposed in our failing) without being sorrowful vertically, to God.
        • We have no righteousness on our own it is all about Jesus.
        • The grace of God swallows up all shame
        • The flesh is preventing the favor of God in your life
        • If a sin is committed and no one sees it, is that okay? No we have sinned against God.
        • Isaiah 61:7 in place of your shame you will have double honor
        • The double honor swallows up the shame
        • Don’t worry about how you will face this one or that one because of what happened. Shame is self-occupation. Stop it and be Christ occupied.
        • You will be saved from the consequences if you return to the Lord and rest (Isaiah 30:15).
        • Maybe the devil tripped you up, but receive the righteousness of Christ and you will have quietness and confidence.

Joseph Prince 2

        • Self-confidence is born of self, we need to be Christ-confident. How did David react to Goliath verses what his brother said.
        • Did David have pride or confidence in the Lord?
        • People will say that we are proud, but that is not pride that is confidence in the Lord.
        • Joshua and Caleb wanted to go into the Promised Land but the people didn’t want to. Joshua and Caleb had confidence.
        • Defensiveness
          • Adam said the woman you gave me
          • The serpent
          • It is the government, my wife, my brother, etc.
          • We will blame everyone, but it is hard to say that we are sorry.
          • When our loved one says something negative about us, we hit back. When someone else says something negative about us, we hit back. The more we defend ourselves the uglier we look.
            • When we respond correctly the result is peace.
        • There is always a secret root – this is our flesh.
        • When shame and condemnation comes upon you, if you respond correctly, you are entitled to 120% restoration and double honor.
        • When we see other people and want to look down on them, understand that it is only by the grace of God that we are not like that.
        • Peter, he loved the Lord. Can the devil use that? When the Lord explained his fate, Peter said even if all these deny you I will never deny you (Matthew 26:35). The devil saw a root, and the root was he loved the Lord. Lord said, Satan has asked for you. Satan saw the root in Peter. Satan has asked for you to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail. He did not pray that Peter would not fail, but that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:31). John’s boast is the Lord loves him, Peters boast was that he loved the Lord. Only John was at the cross serving until the end. In this Peter equates to the law and John equates to grace.
        • (Luke 22:60–61) Peter denied Christ.
        • Peters root is exposed. The first of the 12 (Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 15) that the Lord appeared to was Peter to restore him.
        • John 21, Jesus rose from the dead at two weeks, when the Lord said to go to the mountain. However, Peter said let’s go fishing.
        • If you understand your righteousness you will find whatever you are looking for.
        • People that boast of the Lord’s love for them and depend on His righteousness.
        • What is the object of your heart? Are you occupied with something other than Jesus, is anything higher than Jesus?
        • The world will say a bird with a broken wing will never fly again. God says I made the bird, I made the heights and you will fly again.
        • David of all the sons and wives he chose the one from Bathsheba. Was the relationship right? No, was there sin, yes.
        • Have no confidence in your flesh, have confidence in God. Learn to hate the flesh.
        • Sin has a cost. It will take you further than you want to go and cost you more than you want to pay. The reason people fall is that they put confidence in the flesh. Don’t believe in determination, willpower, your efforts, but believe in the favor of your God.
        • Don’t beat yourself, don’t condemn yourself, but receive the righteousness of God. We put all confidence in Christ alone.

We Have God’s Favor! It is all about Jesus – His victory is our victory!

How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. I then came upon a beautiful word out of Isaiah.

Isaiah 54

The Message (MSG)

Spread Out! Think Big!

54 1-6 “Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth!
You’re ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women.” God says so!
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations;
you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left,” says your God.

7-8 Your Redeemer God says:

“I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It’s with lasting love
that I’m tenderly caring for you.

9-10 “This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
I promised then that the waters of Noah
would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.

11-17 “Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied:
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble—nothing to fear!
far from terror—it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer—
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
God’s Decree.

  • We need to think big under the influence of what the spirit prompts and according to His word. God is with us. King David had this attitude when he defeated Goliath and when Saul pursued him and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 17, 1 Samuel 24).
  • We are grounded in righteousness. Not because of what we do, but it is a gift of grace. This is undeserved pure and saving grace. All because of the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus. This means that as the bible says we can be confidant, feeling no condemnation, never feeling like we do not measure up. We can hold our head high because of Christ (He is our identity, we are perfected in and through Him). How can we ever have words to describe what this means, and what the impact this sacrifice has had on our life. Often people are offended or stressed or feel like they don’t measure up. We need to reject all these thoughts and embrace the victory of our risen Lord and the overwhelming power it brings to our lives.
  • Nothing can hurt us and nothing can hold us back. We have the victory. It happened thousands of years ago and the victor is Christ!
  • Hope has a name, joy has a name, peace has a name, love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ! Praise His name forever!