Eph 1:18 reads, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” God has called you to hope. It tells us that in order to know that hope we need the eyes of our heart to be enlightened. Wait, you have more eyes than the ones in your skull? Yup! These eyes are the eyes that can see what is not seen. Also known as the eyes of faith and they are in your heart. Think about it, we believe in God, but we can’t see Him. The promises God has for you might seem invisible with your normal eyes so use the eyes of your heart. God has blessed you and Jesus died that you might have promises such as health and victory. You may be staring at hopelessness with your normal eyes. But, if you will open the eyes of your heart, that’s where you find hope. The eyes of your heart will see things that are more real than your natural eyes can see. Open up the eyes of your heart, stir up that hope with in you, God has called you to riches. You ready? Great, let’s get going.
In Deuteronomy 8:18, we’re told to “…remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant….” Remember the Lord. What have you been given in life that is good—money, time, air, shoes, food—what do you have? In all things, remember God. It goes on to say that we forget God when we worship other gods. Worship here is about our offerings. You probably don’t actually worship “other gods,” but where does your money go? Is it part of how you “remember the Lord”? Jesus told us that our treasure tells our hearts where to go. Have you remembered God this week? This month? Money wants to tell you what to do. And frankly, money wants you to forget God. Money wants to tell you how to spend it. But we shouldn’t serve money. One of the greatest changes you can make in your life is to direct your offerings in worship to God. Buy remembering God with our offerings, we acknowledge that it is He who gives us the “ability to produce wealth.” It is our remembering that God is our source. It places our hearts in the right place and keeps money from being the boss.
Acts 2:1 tells us that “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” What happens next is world-changing. They are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1 that they would receive POWER when the Spirit came upon them. And they did. I want to point out that they ALL showed up. No one was too busy. No one stayed home to watch something on TV. No one was distracted playing on their phone. They were ALL there to wait on God. They were about to launch into a new life. They were what I call “all in.” Did you know that you can be a Christian but still not be all in? Being “all in” means you are ready and willing to give it your all—to go wherever and to do whatever. Jesus gave it all for you—He was all in. Are we all in? Or are there parts of us that we hold on to? Imagine if someone hadn’t shown up that day—maybe something came up. Imagine what that person would have missed. I don’t want to miss a thing. We’ve only got one go on this planet. If we are gonna do it for Jesus, let’s decide today. Say it with me, “Lord, I am all in. I’ll never withhold from you again.”
In Romans 4:17, the Word speaks about Abraham’s faith, as well as some of God’s special qualities. The New Living Translation says, “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” Ok, so what is happening in your life right now? Do you feel that nothing is happening that you wanted to happen? Are you in a dead-end job going nowhere? Is nothing going your way? Well, you might be exactly where God wants you—so He can show you His remarkable ability to do the miraculous. I encourage you to be faithful, to trust in Jesus, and be watchful for what He is about to do. Remember Romans 4:17—God can create “new things out of nothing.” He spoke the universe into existence from nothing. He can speak into your life and create a new path, a new beginning and a new hope. Remember: He is the God that can bring the dead back to life. Let Him stir up hope in you; believe that He will create something out of nothing. There is no one like Him.