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Free and Alive

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Ephesians 2:2-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Something spiritually catastrophic happened when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. Not only did they sin against God but they gave away the authority of their lives to Satan. When he tricked them into their sin; they, in effect, actually turned over their allegiance to none other than the enemy of God. This was obviously a huge moment in the life of humanity. The perfect conditions that God had created for mankind in the garden was altered. Only God could change the course of humanity now. So, He did. He sent His Own Son to win back the authority that Adam and Eve gave away. Jesus came and lived life as the perfect Lamb of God and did the only thing that could make our freedom possible. He chose to die in our place and for our sin. In doing so, He did something even more amazing. He took back the authority that Adam and Eve gave away. The Bible says that Jesus died on the cross, entered into hell, and returned with the keys to death and hell. This, is essence, was the moment He freed us from our sure judgment.

In defeating Satan, He took back the authority that Adam and Eve had given away. Ephesians 2 describes it like this: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air.”

Whatever does that mean? It means that we are no longer under the authority of the evil one. We are FREE and ALIVE now because of the power of the cross. To all who choose Him as Savior, He gives the right to called the children of God. We are no longer under another authority. We now belong to Christ and no other!

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Paul's Prayer for Us

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Ephesians 1:15-19 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty

Paul had a direct connection to God. He walked in such harmony with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit that when he prayed, heaven heard and answered. I find it interesting that Paul prayed for some very specific things to happen in the lives of believers. I think the list of things he prayed for is exactly what we need to walk our lives out faithfully with a connection to our Father in supernatural places. Paul knew what we needed to live a life that honored and glorified the Lord and he asked God for some very specific things to happen in every born-again believer.

He asked God to give us wisdom and revelation; the ability to have not only earthly wisdom but a supernatural understanding of divine truths. He asked God to open the “eyes” of our understanding; to give us the ability to see beyond our earthly existence. He asked God to give us a HOPE of His calling; the ability for us to see the width, depth, and greatness of our partnership with the God of creation.

Finally, he asked God to reveal to us the “greatness of His power.” He wanted us to know and see that we had access to a supernatural and a “beyond earth” source that could change our kingdom walk. My prayer today is that we would all receive all that Paul asked God to bring. I pray that we would see not only our value in this kingdom life, but that we would live with a newfound expectation that these specific things would start happening in our lives. I believe Paul prayed a prayer that was in agreement with all that Father wants to bring. May we seek them, see them, and walk them out as we live life on earth in this season.

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