Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Have you ever stopped to think about what it means to have been blessed with every spiritual blessing? The descriptive word “every” indicates that, when it comes to spiritual blessings, God holds nothing back.
When we count our blessings we focus most of our attention on the blessings that surround us on this earth. To be sure we should be very grateful for God’s provision and protection on this earth. Even in the darkest times we don’t have to look very far to find something for which to give thanks. To recall those blessings, we need only to look to our past, our surroundings, and loved ones. But the greatest blessings are to be found by looking up to those blessings kept “in the heavenly realms.”
In heaven, God has stored up eternal blessings for us. When appropriating His blessings God has held nothing back. In verse 8 of Ephesians 1, Paul says of these blessings that they have been “lavished on us.” We did not get just our fair share of God’s blessings but each one of us got all of it. God “has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
God’s math is not like ours. When we divide, we come up with less. Even in equal portions that extra-large pizza must be distributed to the crowd in pieces.
God’s division results in more for everybody. Let’s hear it for —NO LEFTOVERS.
Jesus provided us with a great example of the principle of divine math when He fed the 5,000 (plus women and children). “They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” (Mt. 14:20) What happens when you divide “five loaves of bread and two fish” (Mt. 14:7) among 5,000 men and their families? You’re either going to have to send the crowd away or make a run for the grocery store. I suppose you could get them all McDonald’s Happy Meals. That would cost you about $75,000 assuming the total crowd was about 15,000 people. In other words, for most of us feeding such an enormous crowd would be impossible. Divine math accomplishes the impossible.
Over the years, my wife and I have experienced some lean times when there just didn’t seem to be enough to supply our needs. Yet, looking back we have never lacked for anything. God has always provided. Even when there appeared to be little food in the pantry there has always been enough.
God’s heavenly math is not restricted by a lack of funds or supplies. His math can turn nothing into something and a little into a lot. Remember the story from 2 Kings 4 in which the widow appealed to Elisha for help? Her deceased husband’s creditors were threatening to take her sons as slaves as payment for his debts. All she had in the house was a little oil which God supernaturally increased to provide the funding needed to pay the debt.
Because you are a child of God, He has a storehouse of heavenly blessings for you. They are not just reserved for the future but are also available for today. When you surrendered your life to Christ as your personal Savior, a heavenly account was opened in your name. His divine accounting principles supersede the limitations of the human experience. Withdrawals from your heavenly account never deplete your riches in Christ. God’s eternal inheritance can never be emptied, eroded, or lost.
God’s grace is sufficient for all your needs (2 Cor. 12:9). In Him, there is and will always be enough. Earthly riches come and go but those stored up for us in heaven are eternally accessible. When you get hit with hard times in this life and there is not enough to get by… don’t forget about the principles of divine math. God can take the little you have and turn it into more than enough. He has held nothing back from you. God has already given you “every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
For more on this topic, check out this article: God’s Super Deluxe Bundle of Blessings
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.