Friday, July 29, 2016

Ephesians 6:19

And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel), Ephesians 6:19

I would ask that you all pray this for me as well. There are some really powerful examples of how we can pray for each other in the Bible and here would be a great place to look at them.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. Ephesians 1:16-23

May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]-- To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3:16-21

And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment], So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble]. May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized]. Philippians 1:9-11

We can really see just how much glory and power our Father wants for us to have in these prayers. The Holy Spirit will cause us to be relentless in praying these types of things for each other and He will cause us to do it in our most private rooms and what He causes us to pray for in private will be rewarded for us in the open for all to see.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ephesians 6:18

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). Ephesians 6:18

Here is a great place to study what the Bible tells us about prayer.

None of us knows how to properly pray. So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. Romans 8:26 

We are to pray in private.But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open. Matthew 6:6

We are to keep it simple. And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7

Our Father already knows what we need. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8

Don’t pray for worldly things. Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.  But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. 6:31-33

We are to keep at it. I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. Luke 11:8-10

We are to pray for others. I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16

So basically we are to pray in secret for other people to be blessed beyond expression. We are to pray for other people to be forgiven and filled with the fulness of our Father. Prayer really is all about the Holy Spirit using us to intercede for the needs of those around us, our loved ones, those who may not even know us, and even for those who don’t love us. Our Father knows what we need already, so prayer is about us being like our Head and living to help others. 

The beauty is that our Father will cause us to sow and reap. He has us living for others and that insures that we have life and have it abundantly, here and now and for all of eternity. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ephesians 6:13-17

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17

Let’s look at the Truth behind every piece of our Father’s Armor.

The Belt of Truth. But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. John 14:26

The Breastplate of Righteousness: Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does: Romans 4:6

The Gospel of Peace: Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] John 14:27

The Shield of Faith: Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

The Helmet of Salvation: Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the [Holy] Spirit of God can [ever] say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

The Sword of the Word: Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. John 17:17

The only way that we will ever be able to put on our Father’s complete set of Armor is if our Father places it on us. The Truth is that it is completely up to our Father to prepare us and our peace that passes all understanding is that He will prepare us in spite of ourselves. We can in no way hinder our Father from causing us to be victorious because our victory is all based on Grace. Even when we think we mess up, our Father turns it into victory. His Grace, Love, Power, Ability, Mercy, Faith, and Truth has set us free from defeat. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Ephesians 6:11-12

When I was younger I was heavily involved in Full Gospel Churches. These churches would preach all of the time about how we had to put on the Armor of God. The problem with the sermons wasn’t the Armor, the problem was that they made it sound like it was up to us to put it on all by ourselves. They never would preach the glorious Truth that Christ was in us and that He was the One Who was preparing us for all of the battles. 

And when they bring you before the synagogues and the magistrates and the authorities, do not be anxious [beforehand] how you shall reply in defense or what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say. Luke 12:11-12

And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8

And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 1 Corinthians 1:8

But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, 2 Corinthians 2:14

So yes the Truth is that we must put on the Armor of our Father, but our peace and joy is that Jesus is the One Who dresses us. Whatever is needed for our success Jesus will accomplish through us. There is nothing that can penetrate or defeat the protection that we have been given. Our Armor will never leave us and it will never forsake us. We cannot help but to win the wrestling match because our advisory has already been defeated. Jesus has overcome and deprived the world of any ability to harm us. 

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Ephesians 6:10

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ephesians 6:10

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Ephesians 6:10

The conclusion of all things is that Jesus is our strength for everything. He is our Faith, our Love, our Peace, our Joy, the Source of our works, our knowledge, our wealth, our health, and our Wisdom. 

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]— Ephesians 3:20

Our unity with Jesus allows our Father to be limitless through us. We may be physically weak or socially unconnected yet none of those sort of things matter. Our humanity in no way limits God from being great in us. Our Father will dwarf our highest dreams by His power that is at work within us. There is nothing that He cannot use us to do. The Truth is also that our Father likes to use the things that the world calls foolish. He used a 16 year old to kill a giant that frightened the strength out of the strongest warriors. He used slaves to run the Babylonian Empire. He had a 100 year old man and a 90 year old woman conceive a child to create a kingdom through. He had an unmarried virgin conceive a King Who would be the sacrifice that would set us all free. So rejoice if things look crazy or bad, because history shows us that those are the times when our Father will work through you the greatest.

Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!. Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account. Matthew 5:10-11

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Philippians 2:13

Our unity with Christ will always give us strength, in the good times and even in the bad times. Our unity with Him will give us the desire to be used and allow us to look past the physical and look directly into the spiritual. Our Father will cause us to call things that are not as though they were. It will allow us to boldly approach the Throne of Grace knowing that we will receive mercy and help in our times of need. Our strength allows us to Love all and know that even though it may not look like it, God's will is being done on Earth as it is in Heaven. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ephesians 6:9

You masters, act on the same [principle] toward them and give up threatening and using violent and abusive words, knowing that He Who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him. Ephesians 6:9

After reading this verse I want you to look at and analyze the religious leaders of today. Ask yourself this, is the leader always threatening hell? Are they using words to demean people who may think differently than they do? As you test them to see if they truly are called consider Jesus’ life and how He acted towards the people. Jesus was confronted with a woman who was caught in adultery and He was gentle and compassionate with her as He ran off the fake religious leaders who were attacking her. He healed ten leapers and only one of them thanked Him and yet He didn’t curse the other nine. The masses demanded continuous signs from Him and He continuously healed them and fed them in spite of them mocking Him. They tortured Him and nailed Him to the Cross and He forgave them. This is the power that lives in us and flows from us as Rivers of Living Water. 

If someone is truly called and anointed to be a religious leader then that means that they were chosen by God to do so. True leaders were anointed before they were ever born to act and fulfill the Word, just as Jesus was. A true leader will have compassion and gentleness towards all people regardless of how the person acts. They will be empowered to forgive people before the people ask for it. They will freely give, without charge or sales. They will direct people to Jesus and elevate our Father, not man. They will do these things because this is how our Father has empowered true leaders to act. If a religious leader is acting any other way, they are not truly anointed to be a leader of the Church.

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. Galatians 5:22-23

Also notice in Ephesians 6:9 that our Father does not show any partiality with anyone.

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

The Truth is that Jesus was absolutely successful on the Cross and He secured our Father’s will of all men being saved and coming to the knowledge of the Truth. His act of righteousness leads to acquittal and right standing for all men. On the last day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Truth that will set all men free. 

Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. Romans 5:8

If we are truly saved and it is all by Grace, which means that we did not earn it in any way shape or form, and if our Father shows no partiality towards anyone, then everyone will have to be saved in spite of themselves. Some of us know the success of Jesus now and some of us will learn it on the Last Day, but amen, all of us will know it. Jesus was that victorious.  

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ephesians 6:4-8

Servants (slaves), be obedient to those who are your physical masters, having respect for them and eager concern to please them, in singleness of motive and with all your heart, as [service] to Christ [Himself]—Not in the way of eye-service [as if they were watching you] and only to please men, but as servants (slaves) of Christ, doing the will of God heartily and with your whole soul; Rendering service readily with goodwill, as to the Lord and not to men, Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:4-8

Whether we are free or we are slaves, the Truth is that whatever good that we are used to do will be rewarded. Actually our Father tells us that whatever anyone does good will be rewarded by Jesus. I really don’t hear that preached a lot, but our Father says it pretty plainly here doesn’t He? It is not just those who have been called to be the Bride of Christ who receive rewards from Jesus, it is our guests too. Just like at a Wedding Feast, the guests of the Bride receive blessings. 

Here is the Truth that we have been empowered to understand, it is our Father within us causing us to do all things. We know that we can’t help but to receive rewards because it is God within us being great. The Truth sets us free and our Father's power within us is the powerful and victorious Truth that we enjoy. Grace allows us to understand that it is always our Father in us causing us to be a blessing. We are new creatures that have Christ living and working through us, we know that we can’t help but serve everyone. Our Father causes us to serve those who love us and He even causes us to serve those who hate us. Our Father will use us to bless those that are cursing us and often times He really doesn’t even have us take take thought for it. God has recreated us in Christ’s image, so we are just like Jesus, so we cant help but to be a blessing. As Jesus serves, intercedes, blesses, loves, and forgives so do we, even while we are on this earth.

And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect [knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. [In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person]. Colossians 3:10-11

For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10

Our Father has us all over this world and in all different circumstances. Yet it is our Father and His power keeping us all and He will never place us in any circumstance that He will not anoint us to endure! 

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! 2 Corinthians 12:9