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Living well in evil days!

Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church.  There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers that lift us into the realm of God.  The simple Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11 in an easily understandable form.  The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16.  Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ.  I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered.  The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.  We are in a battle against wicked forces in the heavenly realm!

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20

The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit!  This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting.  It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.  As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship.  We do this when we are alone with God and when we are around others.  When we are filled with the Spirit, we speak graciously to others.  Our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.

Our speech is to be filled with thanksgiving to God the Father for everything.  We realize that everything we have is from God.  Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions, are gifts.  We are blessed by our relationship with God and realize all the blessing of being in Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-12)  Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with thanksgiving!

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The secret to living in evil days!

Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of my favorite letters from God through Paul.  It contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church.  There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers!  The Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11.  The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16.  Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ.  I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered.  The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)

The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be filled with the Holy Spirit!  This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting.  It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.  As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship.  When we are filled with the Spirit, our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.

We thank God because we recognize that everything we have is from Him.  Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions are gifts.  We overflow with thanksgiving and melodious speech.  Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with awareness of God’s many blessings.

This is the secret to wise living in evil days!   Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit today!  Begin your day with worship!  Read some Psalms or sing a spiritual song of love to the Lord from your heart!  Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today! May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus!

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The Church: Bride of Christ!

Scripture reading for December 2nd: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of the most encouraging epistles of Paul.  Written from prison, Paul shares the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ with all who read this letter.  The letter is written , “To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1)   All who believe in Jesus Christ are considered “saints”, those set apart for the master’s use.  Each saint was chosen by Jesus and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms through relationship with Him.  (Ephesians 1:3-14)  Believers have been lavished with God’s grace through forgiveness of sins and adoption as sons.  They have had the mystery of His will revealed to them.  They have a down payment of future blessedness, the promised Holy Spirit!

Paul prays two beautiful prayers for the saints recorded in Ephesians 1:15-19 and 3:14-21.  These prayers are models for our praying for spiritual insight into who we are in Christ and what He has given us.  Christ’s love for those He has chosen is so high and long and wide and deep that only by personal revelation can it be fathomed!  Paul bowed his knees before the Father in prayer and worship, praying from the depth of his heart.  What encouragement for us to know that we have been prayed for in this manner!  To consider that God can do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20) is exciting and opens up a new world for us.

Paul deals with practical matters of human relationships, including husbands and wives.  Mutual submission to each other out of respect for Christ is a great foundation for marriage.  (Ephesians 5:21)  Wives should submit to their husbands as to Christ.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and laid His life down for her.  Paul states that these thoughts are a profound mystery!  (Ephesians 5:32)  Christ is the husband of His bride, the church and loves her as His own body!  He is one with the church as a husband is one with his wife.  Christ must be submitted to and reverenced by the church as the wife is to submit to and reverence her husband.

May we ponder this mystery today and apply the truths to our daily lives.  Marriages are to be visual aides to understand Christ and the Church.

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Wise Living When Days Are Evil!

Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of my favorite letters from God through Paul.  It contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church.  There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers that lift us into the realm of God.  The simple Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11 in an easily understandable form.  The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16.  Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ.  I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered.  The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.  We are all in a battle against wicked forces in the heavenly realm.

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20

The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit!  This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting.  It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.  As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship.  We do this when we are alone with God and when we are around others.  When we are filled with the Spirit, we speak graciously to others.  Our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.

Our speech is to be filled with thanksgiving to God the Father for everything.  We realize that everything we have is from God.  Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions, are gifts.  We are blessed by our relationship with God and realize all the blessing of being in Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-12)  Christ is the reason for all that we have and we bubble over with thanksgiving and melodious speech.  Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with thanksgiving!

This is the secret to wise living in evil days!   Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit today!  Begin your day with worship!  Read some Psalms like 96-100!  Sing a spiritual song of love, thanksgiving to the Lord from your heart!  Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today!  What a difference!  You will make the most of every opportunity!  May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus!  Let all who are in Christ be “being filled with the Holy Spirit!”

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