Seeing …

September 7, 2017

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory if His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19 New American Standard

A long time ago you were prayed for: to have the “eyes of your heart” opened. The Heart-Opener made it possible for your heart to come alive. It was the only way to restore your sight. You have to be made alive in your heart … alive to see .. alive to be loved .. and alive to love as well. You can’t “see” without it. It’s hard to live with a barely-alive heart and an anxious-cluttered mind. Two thousand years ago you were prayed for. (You can pray ahead)  He didn’t know you but he knew how to pray. He prayed you would know the “true riches of Christ”. He prayed you would live out of the same power that raised Christ from the dead. Your once un-saint-like life has been transformed from the inside out by His indefatigable grace .. forgiveness .. love .. and resurrection. Do you believe it all perfectly? No…! Even with your eyes opened you’ll still face moments with lingering questions .. moments of real temptation to not trust .. and moments of guilt-grasping memories that will try to turn you away. But you’ve been prayed for: prayed to see and live with your heart open .. your mind made new .. and your life gripped with grave-raising grace. You’re not walking alone today. The One who designed your heart now occupies it with His Spirit.  He wants you to see .. to see how much you are loved .. to see how alive you are in Him .. and to share that life with others. You’ve been prayed for. There’s no need to try to live on your own. You’ve been prayed for. Who can you pray for right now? It only takes a moment …

“..oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him — endless energy, boundless strength. All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule.”  Ephesians 1:19-20 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Wildly Changed Saints following Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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