A Letter From Prison

6 Jan

A Letter From Prison…

When you read the Book of Ephesians, it’s hard to imagine that it was all written in jail. That’s what makes it so amazing. In the natural, Ephesians would go like this: “What a dump this place is! The food is terrible. I could use a sweater.”

You don’t read anything like it. Instead, you find thanksgiving: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Jesus.”

You’d never have any idea that Paul was in prison. When you dwell in the heavenlies, even in prison, you’re not in prison. Just because you’re in your circumstance, that’s no reason to be of your circumstance.

If he could be in the heavenlies in his situation, how much more can you be in the heavenlies in yours? You have to choose it, and it all begins when you give thanks.

No matter where you are, thank God for all His love and His blessings, and no prison will ever hold you… only the heavenlies.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! ” I will not die but live and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118

Choose how you will dwell on your circumstances today – from above with thanksgiving or from below with grumbling.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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