Summary: this is sermon 5 in a series talking about spiritual blessings we overlook many times

Seven Spiritual Blessings

Part 5

Wisdom & Understanding

Foundational Text: Eph. 1:3-14

Text: Eph. 1:8

Intro: We have been looking for the past couple of weeks at spiritual blessings

- these are blessings that we overlook many times

- the reason it is so important for us to recognize and apply these spiritual blessings to our lives is because we are spiritual beings

We make decisions based on our spirit

- if our spirit is week we will make our decisions based on emotion and feelings

- if our spirit is strong we will make decisions based on righteousness and the word of God

- for this very reason Gods greatest blessings for your life are spiritual

We looked at our first spiritual blessing Holy and Blameless

- Jesus made it possible for us to be above reproach

- Without guilt and shame

- This means the devil can no longer approach God and accuse us of our past sins

- We are above reproach

- We are protected

- The only way the devil can lay claim to us again is to tempt us or entice us away from God

- He can not come in and get us he has to draw us out

Our second spiritual blessing we looked at was predestined adoption

- we were not an after thought in the mind of God

- He had mad a plan for us from before the foundations of the earth

- We were not an accident

- God had predetermined that He was going to make a way for us

- This also implies that God has a predetermined purpose and plan for each of us

- We were adopted into His family as sons and daughters for a purpose

- God chose us He wanted us from the very beginning

Then we looked at redemption

- we were ransomed

- bought with a price

- we were hopelessly lost with no way out then Jesus came and purchased us

- the blessing of redemption is that now our eyes are open

- we are now able to see things the rest of the world doesn’t have a clue about

- we were also redeemed for a purpose to help others see that same light

- we now have purpose in life a reason for living

Read foundational text:

Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Our focus tonight is going to be on Vs 8

Let’s look at it again

Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

I. Wisdom

God has given us as a blessing wisdom and understanding

This is something so lacking in the world today

- it is also something so needed

- especially if we are to make sound judgments

- if we are to make right decisions in life

God does not just expect us to make the right decisions but He has given us the tools to make those decisions

- He has given us the spiritual weapons

- The intelligence and wisdom

- To make right spiritual decisions

As we looked earlier the whole purpose of these spiritual blessings is to strengthen our spirit

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