October 1

Today's Bible Reading
     I Kings 3
     Ephesians 1
     Ezekiel 34
     Psalms 83-84

''Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Ephesians 1:3)            ·
            Ephesus was the banking center of its day. The Temple of Diana was there, which was the treasure house for the wealthy people of that place. It was the Chase Manhattan of that day. Paul wrote to another group in Ephesus. They were not the rich people in material goods, but they were the saints of God. Paul declared to them, ''You are rich.''
            Today, we hear that the number of millionaires has reached an all-time high. In fact, the billionaires have replaced the millionaires as the elite group in our day. We hear of people paying millions for estates to live in, and hundreds of thousands of dollars for automobiles. There are many celebrities today who are making more than one million dollars per week.
            Let's really take a close look at our memory verse. The word blessing is to eulogize a person.  This is the great fountain from which all of the rivers of our riches flow. We are given a heavenlysourceof riches.  Scripture tells us that our source is God the Father in Heaven.  I am happy today that we do not have to live according to the economy of our country. A Christian's stock does not rise and fall with the Dow Jones average. Our source is from the Lord. Consider how the poet has penned it: ''How precious also are your thoughts to me, 0 God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."(Psalm 139:17-28)
            What a blessing to know that our God has more thoughts of good for us than the sands on the seashore. How wonderful that God is our source. Consider also the heavenlyscopeof our riches. We are told that we have all kinds of spiritual blessings. Now that discourages some because you thought we were talking about material blessings, but God is concerned about both areas of our lives, and provides for us all that we need spiritually and materially. He tells us in James 1:17 that ''every good and perfect gift is from above."
            Above all, we should be thankful that God has given us His own Son to die in our place. If He has given us that perfect gift, we are not to be worried about the rest. ''He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?''  (Ro1nans 8:32)
            Consider the heavenlysphereof our riches.   We are even informed about the location of these riches.  The King James version of the Bible says, ''In heavenly places." Now, the word 'places'' is not in the original text. The Scripture is actually saying, ''He has blessed us in the heavenlies." For the Child of God, Heaven begins here and now. In other words, God has provided for you the riches of the Heavenlies here, available for you right now. Why then do so many believers live on a level of spiritual poverty?
            I read about a man who was dying in England.  He left his immense fortune to his grandson in America.  They found him living in poverty and told him of his inheritance. He immediately began to live like a rich man, and told his friends he was going to possess his possession. As a Child of God, why don’t you take possession of your estate? Why don't you begin to live like the King’s Kid that you are? You are, indeed, a wealthy child.
            One of the greatest opportunities we have today is the powerful tool of the Internet. This means of communication is changing the world, and is very significant for evangelism. Web growth in countries like India and China is amazing. It is no longer just for rich, western nations. Users in China are projected to grow from 10 million in 2000 to 400 million by 2020.Much of South America and Asia are rapidly becoming a ''wired community." Pray that we will be wise in the use of the Internet and the Web to share Christ in a lost world.