Today's Devotions

Morning
September 26

Psalms 2:6-8 (NIV) 6"I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill." 7I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.


Many of the psalms look forward in time to the first and second coming of Jesus. Because Jesus is referred to as 'the son of David', there are things written about Solomon that are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.

In the second psalm, God is speaking to the nations of the world that refuse God's instruction. They rebel against His loving decrees. But God is not threatened at all. In fact, He laughs. If all the nations of the earth were to join together to fight against Him, it would not disturb His peace one bit. Then God declares where His sovereign will has placed all authority to rule, in His Son.

The Son was with God from the beginning, but there is a point in human history when he is born of a woman. The birth in Bethlehem was one of the most amazing and supernatural events to ever take place. God stepped into a human body. The Son was willing to set an example for man and redeem man through His own obedient death on the cross, so God has given Him the right to rule the kingdoms of the earth. One day He will no longer allow man to rebel. The freedom to mock God and His laws and cause the people to suffer will no longer be allowed. Those rulers who would rebel will face the rod of iron. Man keeps trying to make the perfect government. The perfect government is coming.

Meditation: The King of kings will be installed on Zion, God's holy hill, and will reign in righteousness. Are you letting Him rule in your heart today?


Evening
September 26

Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV) 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,


Paul gave us an example in praying for fellow believers. Some believers make it a practice to pray the very words that the Spirit gave Paul to pray for people on their heart. You might try it.

He told the Ephesians that he kept on asking. He didn't just pray it once, but continued to plead with God for these things. His first request was that they be given the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. This isn't just general wisdom, or revelation of things to come, but wisdom and revelation to know Jesus better. That is the real need of every believer. Knowing Jesus better means maturity. As we see Him more clearly, we are changed to be more like Him. That does not come simply from study. It comes from the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. You can read the same passage a thousand times, but until you listen to the Spirit's speaking through it, you will not see anything new of Jesus. The Spirit always points to Jesus and reveals Him in a greater way to us. Are you learning more about Jesus? This was Paul's first request and chief concern.

Then he prayed that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened to know the hope to which He had called them, the glorious inheritance in the saints. The hope, the glorious inheritance in us, is our transformation into the likeness of Christ. Why would God call us His inheritance? In another passage Paul wrote, "Christ in you, the hope of glory", and "I labor in travail until Christ is formed in you." God looks forward to the final product. Will you see that in your brothers and sisters, and especially in those who irritate you?

Last, he prayed that we would see the incomparably great power that is for us, changing us into His image. It is resurrection power!

Consider: Resurrection power is at work in you!



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