The natural always demonstrates the spiritual. The English language has several words or phrases illustrate the meaning of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church.
Phrases like ‘ the light came on’ or ‘it was a lightbulb moment’ describe an experience where something that was difficult to understand; difficult to grasp became crystal clear.
Floodlights expose & extinguish darkness. Floodlights enable us to recognize & deal with danger. Nightlights guide the way from one room to another. They provide a clear path to avoid stumbling .
Lightbulb moments are moments of revelation. Out of that revelation; out of a new understanding a person is able to move forward with confidence in challenging situations.
I have often heard people say things like ‘I know in my head that God loves me; that he forgives me & that he is with me but it hasn’t dropped into my heart.’
It is not supposed to. God speaks to our hearts not our heads. Spiritual realities are spiritually revealed.
Paul addresses just that issue when he prays :
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand what God has promised & is now available to you.
Paul wanted them to know:
- that they were chosen, adopted, forgiven & blameless .
- that God would give them wisdom to know what to do
- that God would give discernment to know good from evil.
- that God’s power was available them.
The post J for Joined Together talks about the most amazing truth of all. It talks about the truth that God dwells in us . The Father & Jesus by the Spirit come to dwell in our spirit; in our inner being.
Like many of us the Ephesians had gone backward. Their First Love was no longer their first love.
Doing for God may have become more important than being with God.
They were in danger of being caged again by darkness, discouragement , deception & depression.
They may have been living out of head knowledge (gnosis) about the Lord instead of out of deep experiential knowledge; out of heart knowledge (epignosis).
They needed a fresh lightbulb moment.
They needed Holy Spirit to touch their spirit.
They needed a fresh revelation & fresh experience that they were the loved, chosen, adopted children of God.
They needed to have their hearts – their inner being flooded again with light.
We need to have our heart flooded again with light.
How Do We Do That?
Psalm 27:8 gives us a model:
My Heart Has Heard You Say
Come And Talk With Me
My Heart Responds
Lord I Am Coming
Step 1 : Take time today for a two way conversation with God . Allow at least 30 minutes.
Step 2: Ask Him to flood your heart with light.
Step 3: Read Ephesians 1:4-5 slowly several times.
Long ago even before he made the world God loved you .
He chose you to be holy and blameless in his eyes .
His plan was always to adopt you into his own family.
This gave him great pleasure.
Step 4 : Tell God which words are hard for you to believe about yourself. Ask God why?
Step 5: Give Him opportunity to respond. What does He say?
Step 6: Write down your thoughts/impressions .