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Enlightenment Is Essential In The Kingdom

Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18 ESV).

There is much we don’t know. In fact, the most spiritual among us have only glimpsed a part of God’s plan. The Apostle Paul said that he only “knew in part.”

So, with the Apostle Paul, we should pray that “the eyes of our heart may be enlightened.” For ourselves, and for others, too.

If study alone was the answer, those who have studied the Bible the most would have the most faith and would be doing the most exploits in God’s name. Often, the opposite is true. Thank God for scholarship, but that is not the total answer.

The Bible is a living message given by a living Author. Fellowship with God and illumination from Him are necessary for true understanding of the Bible. Our prayer needs to be that of the Psalmist.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.(Psalm 119:18 ESV)

You may have wondered why you see some things clearly in the Bible that your friends or loved ones seem blinded to.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.(2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

The answer is that, somehow, our hearts and minds need to be opened or illuminated by God. This is a reason, and a way, to pray for your unsaved loved ones.

One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.(Acts 16:14 ESV)


 

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