12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Ephesians 1:12-14 (NLT)
Why do people provide guarantees? Obviously they want to convince others of their commitment to fulfil their promises. Does God need to provide guarantees? I don’t so. After all, God doesn’t lie. Why bother to provide any guarantee at all?
Yet the truth is, God has provided a guarantee. It is clearly printed in the best selling book in the world. What does this means to all of us? He must be extremely serious in keeping his promises. In other words, God is pushing himself into a corner where he can has no other option other than keeping his promises.
Not only that, he is using the Holy Spirit as his guarantee. What does this means? He seems to be telling us that should he fail to keep any one of his promises, he is willing to lose the Holy Spirit.
Do you think it is possible for the Holy Trinity to be separated?
I can never imagine how God can be separated from himself. This gives me confidence that no matter how negative the circumstances appear to be God is still faithful in keeping his promises to me. The blessing of God in my life is not a “maybe” but a “surely”.
The above passage tells us of our inheritance. When will you get your inheritance? The religious folks will probably say we will get it when we die. That is illogical. Inheritance is something given by the dead to the living. Therefore, in order for you to get an inheritance, there must be 2 factors to take place:
- The giver must die.
- You, the receiver must be alive.
Obviously Jesus is the giver here. Jesus died at the Cross. Through his death, we receive our inheritance.
“What is this inheritance anyway?”
12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
According to the above passage, the answer is anything you want it to be. Jesus has promised to do anything we ask in his name. When he does, he will bring glory to his Father. One of the popular accusations from the anti-faith groups directed to Bible believing christians is we focus too much on asking from God instead of glorifying God, as though both issues are mutually exclusive. Yet, Jesus’s own words above show us otherwise. Every time God answers our prayers, he is glorified.
Do you want to glorify God? If your answer is “yes”, then ask for more stuff in your prayers. Each time your prayer is answered, God gets the glory. Does this encourage you to pray more?
However, in order to get what you pray for, you have to fulfill one condition.
23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
You have to believe you receive.
In conclusion, don’t give up. Your prosperity is guaranteed by God.