The Day I Discovered I Was Rich

The Day I Discovered I Was Rich

May 15, 2017

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV)

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If I were rich, I’d …

Have you ever played that game?

Well, if I were rich I know exactly what I would do. I’d go for a massage every single week. I love them!

When I do get to experience that rare luxury, I walk in expectantly. I know the massage therapist will find knots and kinks I didn’t know I had. She’ll pause over that hurting spot and work on it until I feel relief. She can make my back — aching from a hike or even bending over to pick up a sock — feel strong again.

Most of all, a massage makes me feel nurtured and well.

There was a time when I hurt inside. I was reminded of that recently when I stumbled across an old friend from my school days. She invited me to join her and her husband at dinner. Later that night, we sat around the table enjoying enchiladas and old memories. At one point, she told her husband a story about the angry young girl she remembered from middle school.

It felt odd. Like she was talking about someone else.

And she was.

As I drove home, I couldn’t help but think about the Master’s touch on my life.

I don’t need to play a game of “If I were rich,” because I am rich. I am the recipient of the “incomparable riches of his grace” Paul talked about in Ephesians 2:6-7. God’s love worked out the knots and kinks of anger that used to live inside of me.

He made me whole, both spiritually and emotionally.

Rather than being bound by my past, His healing touch led me to show compassion for others hurting in the same way.

It set me free to tell others how His touch soothed the rough edges of my heart. It set me free to celebrate how He worked out the knots of unforgiveness and helped me to stand strong for the first time.

Do you need the Master’s touch today? His faithful love nurtures us and makes us well.

I pray you invite Him in to those hurting places and allow His unfailing love to gently touch and heal you. God is waiting to nurture you, simply because you are His.

If you’ve been made whole, you don’t have to play the “If I were rich” game ever again, for you are rich beyond measure. Why don’t you take a moment and tell someone how rich you are — all because of the Master’s touch.

Heavenly Father, if I’ve taken Your healing touch for granted, forgive me. I am rich because of Your mercy. I am blessed because of Your touch, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ephesians 2:4-5, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.” (NIV)

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Suzie Eller’s book, The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places, is a gentle resource to help your heart heal.

CONNECT:
Join Suzie on her blog to download a free chapter of The Mended Heart.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Riches aren’t defined by temporary reward, but by the priceless treasures that can never be stolen. They are not defined by what you have but what you are becoming because of Him.

Ask God to show you one person who needs His healing touch. Pray for an opportunity to share your story with them.

© 2017 by Suzie Eller. All rights reserved.

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  1. You’re wise, Suzie, to make the past (in L. Thomas Holdcroft’s words) “a guidepost, not a hitching post.” And you’re right: it is our present and future that make us rich.We are “joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). We are kingdom heirs, wealthy beyond any earthly measure. To God be the glory!

  2. I needed this today. Thank you Jesus!

  3. Thank you for this devotion this morning! I truly needed it!

  4. I AM rich because of the new-found Love, Healer, Deliverer and more in my Life, Jesus! To have the Confidence that He hears me, care for me is PRICELESS! Oh what Joy from HIM to place Anointed individuals–like YOU–in my life to encourage and empower me which gives me the Opportunity to do the same to others who I know and meet is SO rewarding in itself. Thank you, I’m grateful!

  5. Over the past few months God has really worked in my life and the healing of my broken heart that I have prayed and longed for has finally started…not because God wasn’t ready before to do it..I wouldn’t allow it. I kept letting the devil lie to me and tell me to hold onto the bitterness and anger that I have felt for so long. I kept asking God if he loved me why did he allow my heart to get broken…but I didn’t hear his answer until I took time to stand still and listen. God has allowed things to happen for a reason and for a purpose in my life and he has been waiting patiently for me to allow him to comfort me, and once I did oh what peace has filled my heart and soul. I still think about my heart break, but now I see it as a wonderful blessing because it allowed me to not only draw closer to God but to finally get out of his way and allow him closer to me.

    • Gloria Maynes says:

      Amen, I too have been heart broken and healing comes when we give it too God, I tried to figure it out on my own to only let the devil keep lying to me. I finally opened the prison door of my heart and walked out and let God take my hand. I find days that I hear “Be still and know that I am God”. May your heart start healing today.

  6. How true this is! No matter our earthly possessions, it by God’s redeeming love that we are saved and truly RICH in the kingdom of heaven! Thank you for this uplifting devotional! What a great reminder to start the day!
    Heavenly Father, help ME to “spread the wealth” of Your love to those around me today and every day!” – Amen

  7. Good read and Good reminder of how rich we really are: Heavenly Father, if I’ve taken Your healing touch for granted, forgive me. I am rich because of Your mercy. I am blessed because of Your touch, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Thank You Jesus for EVERYTHING!!!

    • Maggie Russell says:

      Father what a blessing to pray in agreement with Telly in thankfulness of your Miraculous Healing touch. For your comfort & stength, for Soul saving Grace that abounds to all mankind. We are Listening Lord clinging to the promises of Peace. Like the woman who reached for the hem of your garnet for healing ….our eyes have been opened. We love you Lord. Amen

  8. A deeply inspirational meditation following yesterday- one day to honor mothers. Thank you

  9. Thank you so much for this reminder! We are SOO rich as heirs in Christ. I pray we all remember with conviction to walk as redeemed children of God, knowing in our deepest being all that Jesus has done for us.

  10. Connie S. says:

    Loved your massage analogy…..as I feel the VERY same way about getting a massage.
    I also feel the same way about how He has healed me emotionally and spiritually.
    Thank you for sharing~

  11. Cindy b says:

    Your message touched my heart. I have been worried about bills. Your message reminded me I am so blessed and so rich because of God’s love and healing in my heart. Thank you!

  12. So great to read this and be reminded not to take riches like that for granted! Master, please use my past to help me be more compassionate and encouraging to others!

  13. I am rich

  14. Amen, I am smoke free for 1 year and 6 months. I prayer and ask the Lord to step in and take the cigarettes away from me. Praise the Lord, I was like to the 10 Lepers in the bible. Book of Luke 17:11-19. I needed to be heal and set free. I went back told the Lord thank-you. In my father house, I am rich with houses and land. I must tell someone
    how good the Lord has been good to me. No patch or gum. The Lord step in and saved me. Amen

  15. Monica Isgro says:

    I could so relate to your devotion. I was that same little girl until Jesus healed my heart and transformed me by the renewing of my mind. I so love to encourage and help left those up hurting around me. Thank you for your transparency and writing from your heart.

  16. Psalms 34:18 says the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.’ Thank you for such a powerful message to remind us that God is there to comfort us, even in our brokenness.

  17. Thank you for a wonderful message this morning. It really spoke to my heart . Though I have never really dealt with an anger issue, my issue is fear and worry . I pray that from this day forward I will know how rich I am in Jesus !!!

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