MERRY FRIDAY! BY PARRIS BAILEY
Eph.1:3″Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”.
This Sunday Victory Fellowship will be celebrating 34 years. Frank and I are also celebrating 40 years of our Christianity and marriage. I pray you will be patient with me because you will hear me allude to this through out the year. I am amazed by the grace and mercy of God. I have always said, my life is like “Cinderella meeting her knight in shiny armor”. I have yet to grow tired of Christ and my precious husband who both have loved me since I was a very young and a obnoxious 15yr old. When I wake up every morning I have the pleasure of being able to go walking in a beautiful parklike setting. (Audubon Park)I usually go around the fly and watch the sun come up along the Mississippi. At this time of year the mist is hugging the fields and most of the time you cannot see across the river. It is very quiet except for the howl of the monkeys and the morning roar of the lion. It’s funny how I can feel the burdens of the night before weigh me down but when I put forth the effort of walking I get renewed, refreshed, restored. You see His blessings are not partial or limited, He withholds nothing that would enrich us. God has given us a foretaste of our heritage in this world. His spiritual blessings can lift us up beyond the world of sense into the unseen world. His spiritual blessings poured on us create heaven within and around us. When Christ comes near so does His world and our world begins to take on the divine. We can be surrounded in heavenly places everyday of our lives for wherever His light and love are we feel His presence. My problems that once seems to smother me, leave just like the sun melting away the fog. His presence begins to diffuse “my issues” and we can smell the fragrance of Christ all around us. Yes, it is a good morning indeed! Thank you Jesus! This scripture resounds within me, “all spiritual blessing in heavenly places”.
“The Father blesses his children when he lavishes gifts upon them in his favor so that these bounties or these experiences, of whatever nature, work together for their good. Together with the gift he imparts himself.” Critical Commentary
Lightfoot says: “The heaven which lies within and about the true Christian’”. “In Him lay the cause that God blessed us with every spiritual blessing, since His act of redemption is the meritorious cause of this divine bestowal of blessing.” (Meyer.)
Go ahead, go out and take your walk, bask in His creation and let His spiritual blessings soak into your spirit. You can be enriched and changed! There is a fountain just for you!