Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any promise of God through unbelief, we do not receive it? Not that faith merits an answer, or in any way earns it, or works it out; but God has made believing a condition of receiving, and the Giver has a sovereign right to choose His own terms of gift.

Rev. Samuel Hart

The Blessing of Believing

Paul faithfully prayed for the believers in the church at Ephesus.  [Eph 1:15-23]  He had personally helped get this church started, and most likely had personally led some of these folks to Christ.  His prayer for them was that they might really get to know the God that had saved them.  Paul wanted them to know by experience, [a] the hope of His calling, [b] the riches of the glory of their inheritance, and [c] the exceeding great power that is available to those who believe.

Do you realize that if you are saved you can and should experience these same things?  Do you realize how special and privileged you are as one of God’s children?  You have been called to become like His first born son, Jesus Christ; you are a recipient of His great inheritance; and you have access to God’s incredible power that has been displayed for us already through Jesus Christ.  How blessed it is to be one of God’s children.  In order to lay claim on these wonderful truths, we must BELIEVE what He says,—vs. 19 says, to us-ward who believe.  Rev. Samuel Hart said, “Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any promise of God through unbelief, we do not receive it?  Not that faith merits an answer, or in any way earns it, or works it out; but God has made believing a condition of receiving, and the Giver has a sovereign right to choose His own terms of gift.”  My prayer is that you will experience all that your Heavenly Father has in store for you.  It will come via believing!!!

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