The individual who has received Christ as Savior has been united to Christ, but he is traveling through a world that has an ungodly, hostile atmosphere. Therefore, the believer needs a spiritual atmosphere in which to breathe.
Just as astronauts and the deep-sea divers, have to take along their own atmosphere when they go into outer space, or into the ocean, the believer needs spiritual atmosphere to sustain his spiritual life while on earth.
The believer needs spiritual food, spiritual companions, spiritual exercise, spiritual strength and spiritual weapons.
God has blessed believers with "all" spiritual blessings: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3.
God has withheld nothing in providing benefits for the believer--all spiritual blessings are available. God has not just given out of His riches, but He has provided for the believer "according to" His riches.
There is not a single benefit that God wants to provide for the believer that He is unable to provide.
Every blessing that is needed for the spirit, soul and body; every blessing that is needed for past, present and future; every blessing that is needed for salvation, sanctification and service; and every blessing that is needed for time and eternity has been provided in Christ for the believer.
As is seen from 2 Corinthians 9:8, God is able to make His grace overflow to the believer so that the believer has everything he needs to meet any spiritual problem. "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"
Yes, it is an unfriendly world, but my, what friendship we have the our Lord in our hidden life, and He meets our external needs as well. Not in a small way, He does this with our fellowship and friendship with other believers. It was good yesterday morning to see folks at the alter praying to the Lord about needs in their life, and several fellow Christians praying with them. Then we also have our "Small Groups", and phone calls, emails or cards of encouragement, and just godly conversation to help meet our basic needs for spiritual food, spiritual companionship, spiritual exercise, spiritual strength and spiritual weapons. No need for us to be spiritually malnourished.
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness" 2 Peter 1:3
My the Lord bless you Monday, and may He go with us every step today. Never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!