Focus scripture: Eph. 6:18-22
Effective public speakers, and your freshman English teacher, teach that when attempting to communicate an important point, start by “telling the audience what you are going to tell them”. Then, as you are wrapping up, always finish by “reminding the audience of what you have told them”. Paul clearly understood and applied this wisdom. Continue reading
What is the will of God? I know most if not all of us have asked this at one time or another. We have definitely asked it many times being on the mission field. Most often, seeing so much need, you don’t even know what to do.
If you have eyes to see when you are here, you will see poverty and injustice all around you. And right next to it, you can see wealth and privilege. This condition is hard to reconcile within your mind. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 6:14-17 “…”
One of the wisest men I know once said, “You must prepare for the battle you are not yet in.” The combat sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of my biggest passions in life, making this quote ring very true to me. When I have a tournament approaching, I spend hours training, drilling technique, and conditioning my body for the physical battle to come. I want to make sure that I am prepared for the physical battle that I will face. However, I’ve found that when it comes to spiritual battles (temptation, trial, anxiety, etc.), we tend to frantically scramble and panic because we have not prepared for it. The time to prepare for war is not when the first bomb drops or first gunshot is fired… we must prepare ourselves for the battle long before the battle rages.
Focus verse: Eph. 6:10-12 “…Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Do you ever feel weak and powerless? Beat up and discouraged? Many people go through life losing battle after battle, never really experiencing victory. Many battles are lost simply because we have failed to put on the armor of God.
Have you ever heard of a soldier going into war without their weapons and armor? Police officers never leave home without their bulletproof vests and their duty weapon, yet Christians often leave go out into the hostile world without the armor of God.
Focus passage: Eph. 6:5
‘Servants, be obedient — in sincerity of heart, as to Christ’
As followers of Christ we must realize that our life is not our own. The essence of the Christian life and discipleship is self-denial and cross-bearing. Even when it hurts; and it sometimes will.
We are blood-bought bondservants of the Most High God and everything we do should be an act of worship and service to our King! God’s glory must be our only motivation!
Our devotion to the Lord directly affects how we perform our everyday duties. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
The story is told of a woman who started a Day Care Center; nice location; sidewalks, paved street, well lit, big yard etc. The inside of the facility (a remodeled residential) was refit for the purpose of Day Care use. The children loved the facility and played well with each other and with the toys provided; a very orderly and clean environment.
However, when time came for the children to go outside and play in the yard they did not venture far from the front steps of the house. Even when encouraged to move out into the spacious, green grassed front yard, they still would not venture out. The children seemed to be a little frightened. The owner thought this to be very strange. Continue reading
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Focus verse: Ephesians 5:28 “…he who loves his wife loves himself.”
In his book “The Mystery of Marriage” Mike Mason writes: “The very heart of intimacy is reached when two people are neither afraid nor ashamed of being possessed by love, when in fact they give themselves freely to the pure joy and liberty of owning and being owned.” He adds, “For our identity is hidden in love, a love that cannot exist at all until it gives itself away. A robust spirit of abandonment, but equally of possessiveness, is more of the ways in which a marriage may reflect the very attributes of God.”
Focus verse: Eph. 5:23
“…For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church…”
What is the Lord saying here? Is the husband to lord it over his wife, demanding obedience in all things? Is the wife to worship her husband, making him a little “g” god? The answer to both questions is emphatically “NO!”
The husband is the head of the wife, following Christ’s example. Remember the WWJD bracelets and bumper stickers of the ‘90s? Well, what exactly DID Jesus do? Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 5:17
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
So often in our culture we assume that wisdom comes with age. Unfortunately, wisdom does not mysteriously get implanted into us as we age! The Scriptures tell us plainly here that if we understand what the will of the Lord is and walk in it, we are wise, whether we are young or old! On the other hand, we are unwise if we do not understand what the will of the Lord is!
You might protest, “How can God call me unwise for not understanding His will?” Continue reading