Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places?

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3, NASB)

Spiritual blessing in the heavenly places

When I read this verse, there is something that haunts me. Paul tells me that I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. The verb is past tense, so it has already happened. Why then do I often feel so unblessed?

It seems that if I were to appropriate this promise that my life would be lived differently. This is what haunts me.

The question then becomes, “what inhibits me from appropriating this promise?” The truthful answer is that I don’t really know what holds me back.

Perhaps it is because I am unable to imagine what “every spiritual blessing” looks like. It must be independent of my circumstances, but it doesn’t feel that way. Often my circumstances cause me to look to the heavens and ask “what happened?” This is in spite of the fact that I’ve had it easier in life than many. Yet, I struggle to look beyond the stuff that is in front of my and see beyond.

Perhaps it is because my understanding of God is too small. As a result, my trust is too small. If I really understood God and his expectations for me, I might live differently. I might be more inclined to act and less inclined to wait until the opportunity is passed.

I do not know whether to admire or pity those who seem so presumptuous in appropriating all the blessings in the Bible. Yet, when I read those promises, there is a nagging sense in the back of my mind that perhaps these who pursue with such reckless abandon are the ones who have it right after all.

Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places has been my blessing. Perhaps I will start living that way.

How about you?

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Mark McIntyre

A follower of Jesus Christ who shares observations about how Scripture should impact the church and the world. Mark is the original author and editor of Attempts at Honesty.
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  1. says

    Great post to help us examine our lives :)))
    Spiritual blessings, so different from the earthly trappings that make our Christian experience diminished. Step out Christian…
    Paul lets us know we’ve received a life of abundance in our wealth of Spiritual blessings, free to dwell within them & so valuable. Peace, Rest, Security, Assurance = Contentment, Well being & True happiness ~ the blessings of Being Alive in Christ!
    Jesus enables us everyday new, to purposefully follow, live & operate thru His awe-some, marvelous gift of Grace~Attempt to walk in that fullness of Grace that may confound…don’t focus on circumstance, but persevere in & thru Christ w/ur Spiritual blessings of heavenly places alongside…don’t waste time, or miss out, taste test today, receive w/open arms a big helping of those continual blessings that never run dry!
    Praises, Glory & Honor be to GOD for JESUS~

  2. says

    Whew! Convicting post, but also “a blessing”! In the face of all the problems of life, it is sometimes difficult to remember the truth of what Paul is saying here. I think that is why we don’t fee blessed. We let the circumstances of life crowd out the truth of our spiritual riches. Thanks for the reminder!

    • says

      Thanks Jeremy . . . circumstances of life are sometimes overwhelming. When I read your comment, I thought of Jesus asleep in the boat with the Disciples freaking out. It is sometimes very hard to have Jesus’ perspective.

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