Praying Through Ephesians ~ Giving Thanks!!

Praying Through Ephesians ~ Final Greeting

As we come to the end of the book of Ephesians, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for taking this journey with us!! We’ve never done a study like this over the Internet before- one where we are studying together each day and sharing our insights as well as our concerns and heart-felt prayers. Through this method of study I’ve not only grown more intimate with this book, with Paul and the Lord, but also with all of you!

I believe we’ve been given a small glimpse of what heaven will be like, in that women can come together from all corners of the country and world, and share the same bonds in Christ Jesus! What God has done on Women in the Word is nothing short of amazing! With a grateful heart that’s overflowing this morning, I feel compelled to close out our study by giving back to Him some of what we’ve been given!! Let’s pray: Continue reading

Digging into Ephesians ~ Ephesians 6:16 -24

Morning-Devotions-771x102411The end of our journey through Ephesians is upon us. We pray you’ve all been blessed and grown in the Lord during this time. I know that I am looking forward to coming back to this book again in the future and growing deeper in the knowledge of God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord as well as into the truth of who I am in Him and how my walk should display that truth. Each time we return to God’s Word, He brings us deeper into the depths of His Word and continues to transform us.

This week, we end with Paul’s final exhortations concerning our spiritual warfare and his closing remarks to the saints at Ephesus. (This week’s printouts are at the end of this post).   We’ll continue together at Women in the Word focusing on Jesus during the Lenten Season. We hope you’ll join us. God bless you as you grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.

Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

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Praying Through Ephesians~ Ephesians 6:5-15

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Peter in 1 Peter 5: 8-9 warns us to, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.”

This is serious! The moment we become a Christian we do not go off to live happily ever after. We’ve only switched sides and  have inherited the relentless enemy  of our Lord Jesus Christ! Sadly though, many of his (Satan’s) victims do not even know there is a war going on, and make such easy prey. We as Christians need to know that we are in the midst of a great spiritual struggle daily. And even more important than understanding there is a battle going on, we need to understand the nature of our enemy’s cunning and crafty schemes, and the weapons which he is using against us. And also, the weapons which God has provided for our defense.

The most powerful being prayer! I believe what this study has taught me best is the need to pray, not only for myself, but for those I love most. Let’s pray: Continue reading

Digging into Ephesians ~ Ephesians 6:5-15

Finally, be strong in the Lord..”  Paul begins his last discourse to the saints in Ephesus in our study this week. Truths that are so vital as we have an enemy who attempts to make us ineffective for God’s kingdom. But before we study about our spiritual warfare, we’ll look at the last of the relationships that Paul speaks about. Are you an employee or an employer? These are words of wisdom to heed as we walk in these roles. As usual, we invite you to join us at Women in the Word for our daily discussion and fellowship. You’ll also find the printouts for this week’s study at the end of this post.

Morning DevotionsBondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

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Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:28-6:4

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Father, I know our enemy is out to not only destroy the union of marriage between a man and a woman, but also the testimony, or rather the beautiful picture that a marriage portrays of the union between You, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is cunningly and deceptively not only destroying the sanctity of marriage and all that represents, but families in the process.

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Digging into Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:28-6:4

Morning-Devotions-771x102411In the midst of his instructions concerning relationships, Paul speaks of a profound mystery. This week we’ll focus on this mystery and continue to delve into the husband/wife relationship as well as the parent/child relationship.  Join us at Women in the Word to share your insights from this passage of Ephesians.  After our text below, you’ll find some printouts for our study using the SOAP method. Have a blessed week!

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:15-27

Praying Through Ephesians ~ Eph 5:15-33

 

In the first three chapters of Ephesians we learned of all we have received since becoming a child of God. And now in the last three chapters we learn how to “walk worthy of our call” as Christians. Paul starts off by sharing that we need to “walk in humility” (4:2). With humility comes unity (4:3). Then, Paul tells us we are no longer to walk like the rest of the world, but should put off the old self and “be renewed in the spirit of your minds” (4:17-23). Next, we’re told to walk in love, (5:2) and in light (5:8) and now we’re learning to walk in wisdom. Notice 5:15-17

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Just what does it mean to walk in wisdom? What should we be doing with the time we’ve been given? Just what is the Lord’s will for us, or better, you?

Doing a search this week I found several things that are God’s will for us: Continue reading

Digging into Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:15-27

Morning-Devotions-771x102411 Are you ready to cover some territory in this week’s passage? We sure hope so for there’s much in these verses. We’ll start by looking at walking wisely, move to Spirit-filled living and end with instructions to wives and husbands. It’s a packed week of study! You’ll find this week’s printouts at the end of this post along with a few sermons from John MacArthur to enrich your study  should you have time. And if you haven’t joined us over at Women in the Word, consider yourself invited. Not only do we share insights the Lord gives us as we study but we pray for and encourage one another in this journey of life and in our walk with the Lord.

Heavenly Father, open our eyes to see You in Your truths. Grant us power in the inner man through Your Spirit to walk as you call us to walk. Soften our hearts to Your Words this week and lead us in the way everlasting. Help us calm our minds as we sit before you. Help us to put aside the busyness of life, the endless to do lists and the sounds of the world as we meet with You. Grow us in the image of Christ as we study Your Word. In Jesus’ name, we pray

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

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John MacArthur – Walking in Wisdom Part 1 and Part 2

John MacArthur – Spirit-Filled Living

John MacArthur – The Willful Submission of a Christian Wife


Praying Through Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:1-14

Praying Through Ephesians ~ Eph 5:1-14

“Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (AMP)

As I studied these verses this week I thought how children often love to imitate their parents. I remember seeing my actions (good and bad) mirrored in my children when they were playing with friends.  Imitations often come naturally, from careful observations. It’s been said that no one knows a mother’s face better than her child, for they have carefully studied that face out of love and know each expression and what they convey to the child.  I’ve thought of Paul’s exhortation in Roman’s 12:1-2:

 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”

Two different passages, yet each speak of how we are to walk as “children of Light” (Eph 5:8) Careful study of both passages also makes it very clear, that each command is impossible to achieve without the help of God’s Spirit. We couldn’t possibly succeed without His aid, but thanks be to God, that He has already given us all we need to not only succeed, but to shine! All we need is to turn to Him and seek His aid. Let’s pray: Continue reading

Digging into Ephesians ~ Ephesians 5:1-14

Morning-Devotions-771x102411Walk. It’s been a key word in our study of Ephesians 4. Paul’s urged us to walk worthy of the calling to which we’ve been called and exhorted us to no longer walk as the Gentiles do. If you’ve been studying along with us, you know there is a wealth of truth that Paul has given us in this chapter. And this week, as we move on to Ephesians 5, we’re commanded to walk in love and to walk as children of light. If you haven’t joined us at Women in the Word, we’d love to have you join our community to share your insights and to receive the blessings from this group of women. You’ll find the printouts for our study below.  Will you join us this week as we seek God in His Word?

Father, open our eyes this week to the truths in Your Word. Help us to not be hearers only but doers of Your Word. Enlarge our hearts to obey your commands. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

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