The glorious unfolding (Ephesians 1:12)

The entire context of Ephesians is “in Christ, in Christ, in Christ.”

As sinners, we do need to be fixed, but as saved sinners, we do have an inheritance.

God already knows what happens. He has predetermined these things.

The glorious unfolding has very little to do with us and everything to do with the God who created us for his honor and pleasure. He made man for His own glory.

People are so “jacked up” because they live for their own glory.

1. Praise is our purpose. It is not always easy to praise God. Sometimes we don’t feel like it. Job’s situation didn’t begin to turn around until he began to praise God for his adversity and to also pray for his friends.

You would be happier with your life if you used it for God’s purpose.

We are natural-born complainers. It is not always easy to praise God in the storm.

We can not overemphasize and overstate the things Jesus did. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one returned to give God glory, and he was a Samaritan.

When you give God praise & honor, He will give you a platform. Do not be ashamed to give Jesus glory here on earth lest He be ashamed of us in front of the Father.

If you have an cleansed external persona only, then you have not been wholly cleansed.

Even the heavens declare the glory of God. Indeed, His glory is everywhere. Only demons and people have ever told God “no.” Everything else lives with His purpose.

The gospel has always been preached. It was even preached to Abraham.

2. We wait in hope for the coming of Christ as did the first believers. The signs of His coming are everywhere. Haters of God and lovers of pleasure are all around us.

Jesus is coming again. And so we wait in hope. Sometimes we would be better off if we weren’t so consumed with the events of the day and instead focus on what God is doing. Live as though He could return at any time. Now is the devil’s time to rule & reign.

Being still and waiting doesn’t mean doing nothing. It just means we aren’t trying to force anything.

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