The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may 

know...what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who 

believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked 

in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right 

hand in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:18-20)

 

Just as the resurrection had an essential role in our starting out with 

God (in justification), it also plays an irreplaceable part in our 

going on with God (in sanctification). In the new covenant of grace, 

the resurrection is involved from start to finish in the Christian life.

 

Our Scripture meditation is from one of the great prayers in all of the 

Bible. This portion begins by asking God to give us spiritual insight: 

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened." What the Lord 

addresses in this prayer determines whether a believer will live by 

godly power or by human weakness. God desires to give us heavenly 

insight on this vital matter. Then, He intends for this spiritual 

enlightenment to lead us into a personal walk concerning this reality: 

"that you may know." The issue of this prayer is to become a part of 

our daily experience.

 

God wants us to experience the proper power source for living the 

Christian life: "that you may know...what is the exceeding greatness of 

His power toward us who believe." We who have been justified (declared 

righteous) through faith in Christ are not supposed to face each day by 

our meager, inadequate resources. We who have been born again by the 

Spirit of God are to live this new life by the power of God!

 

The aspect of God's power in view here is resurrection power: 

"according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ 

when He raised Him from the dead." Think of the mighty power of God 

that was at work to bring Jesus from a crucified Savior to a victorious 

risen Lord. This is the power that our God wants to unleash upon us day 

by day.

 

As great as this display of power was, even more is available to us: 

"and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places." This mighty 

divine power that brought forth Jesus from the dead, also raised Him to 

the right hand of the Father in the heavenly realm. Surely, this power 

is sufficient to lift us out of any deadening situation of our minds or 

our surroundings.

 

Dear God of resurrection power, too many days can pass by without me 

turning to You for this mighty power. Too often I have lived by a power 

that came from me--will power, emotional power, mental power. I repent 

for relying upon such feeble resources. Lord, by Your grace I see that 

heavenly resurrection power is to be my supply, so I look to You now 

for this work in me, in Your mighty name, Amen.

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