Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FILLED WITH GOD

Today’s┬áReading: Ephesians 3

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Our 100words.ca photographer, my eldest son, opened his Bible to Ephesians and placed it among the ruins of ancient Ephesus on a door entrance to what was probably a Christian’s home or place of business. The circle with the symbols secretly represented the Christian faith. The other dark circles were so that people would not slip when entering.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Ephesians 3:17-19

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

Just imagine the overcoming strength Paul has received from God. He is writing this from a prison in Rome. Paul takes on the principalities and powers which manifest themselves in Caesar, the ruler who claimed to be a god. Who is truly free, and who is the prisoner?

Paul’s prayer is not just for the believers at Ephesus, but for us too! To be filled with all the fullness of God means that we will be fuller than we were before when we were already full. How can this be? Our capacity for God living in us has expanded because of God answering Paul’s prayer! Let us keep topping up every day without fail! Here is a three-step plan for becoming more like Jesus: (1) Be strengthened with power through His Spirit, (2) Understand that Christ dwells in our hearts by faith, and (3) Get a grasp on the fact that Christ loves us totally.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I am making Paul’s prayer mine and praying it word for word. Your answer to this prayer is “Yes!”…a thousand times “Yes!” I’m reading Ephesians 3:14-21 again and again. To You “be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

From my earliest days in public ministry, I established a practise of spending as much time in prayer as I spent in preparation for ministry. Keeping a balance between head and heart is vitally important. When the 100 Huntley Street daily telecast began June 15th, 1977, I knew that I was not to go on air unless I had spent at a minimum the same amount of time in prayer as I would spend on TV. I believe the Lord clearly showed me that failure to do this would result in my own thoughts being expressed and not His thoughts. I suggest we read Isaiah 55:6-13. How does one get wet when it’s raining? Just go out in the rain with the umbrella down. How does one get soaked in God’s thoughts? Through much prayer and the reading of God’s Word. His Word contains His thoughts!

Yours for learning how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

David

The Church of Mary in Ephesus, built around 200 AD, is a church of great historical significance. It is also known as the Double Church, because it is thought one aisle was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the other to St. John. It has also been referred to as the Council Church, because the Council of Ephesus is believed to have been held here. It is the first church to take Mary’s name and the site of two important ecumenical councils in 431 and 449, in which the natures of Christ and Mary were hotly disputed.

In Goreme Cappadocia Turkey the people built their homes into cone shaped hills and in Kaymakli they excavated deep below the ground for their city. The first photo is Goreme and the next photo is a room beneath the ground in Kaymakli. These troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries as various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives and plunder. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia

In Goreme Cappadocia in Turkey, the people built their homes into cone shaped hills and in Kaymakli they excavated deep below the ground for their city. These troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and were expanded over the centuries as various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives and plunder. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia.

15 thoughts on “Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  1. TY David Mainse for your 100 personal words! The words really spoke to me today!
    There is an entertainer Oliva Newton John who had cancer, it was treated and all was gone, now, many years later, the cancer has returned. Please pray that the Lord will remove the cancer again, and this time, that it will never return. I don’t know her but God knows her and we can pray for her healing!
    Please pray that the floods will stop and that the Lord will provide all the necessary equipment for people to clean up their properties; pray the Lord will comfort all those families.
    Praise and thank the Lord for all His blessings of this day.. amen

  2. Hi David,

    Keith King from the NL Rock. I read your blog and enjoy the personal stories
    . As you know my Uncle Albert Vaters was given 7 months to live in 2000. I prayed that God would extend his life 7 years. In 2007 I asked for another 7 years and in 2014 yes I asked for 7 more. I see that God has a similar plan for you.God is so good. I do miss our trips to Chess’s Fish & Chips.

    Cheers
    Keith King.

  3. Dear Lord God, You who want us to know You as Father, and yet who is the great Creator of everything, thank You for loving us, listening to us, and giving Your Son for us. Thank You for your servants, those who teach us your Word and show us how to live. And thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to teach, comfort, strengthen, and guide us so we are never alone.

    Please help all those who are just starting out in lives of faith. Help them to know You, and to know that You love them and will never leave them. Please speak to them so they learn to know your voice and your presence, and give them the resources they need to grow in You more everyday. I commit them to You, Lord God, in Jesus’s always-loving name, amen

  4. What an amazing photo…the brilliant gold..can’t imagine living in those cone shaped homes. Also the bible placed on the door-step; also the engraved secretive symbol so vividly displayed! Thank you once again for your input explaining the photos:)
    Joined in prayer with you Pastor David. Your personal comments and emphasis of the Word…are truly fresh manna for the day. Thank you.
    God bless you into restored health and strength; and blessings on Norma-Jean and all who participate in presenting this Word via this blog, daily!!!
    What a powerful Word filled with encouragement and God’s Promises and faithfulness to us, Praise His Holy Name!!

  5. pray for healing for my friend Eva! She is in the hospital today! She had surgery for cancer, it may have returned, pray for complete healing;
    pray for healing for Oliva Newton John to be completely healed from her cancer;
    a gal I met today her name is Jerry, she needs a place to live! she got eviction notice, owners family is moving back so Jerry has to find a place by end of July! She has a good job; good references, if I had waited a few more minutes to go too the Bottle Depot I would not have met Jerry! It is always amazing how God works!
    thankful to he Lord that I was able to do some weeding!
    Bless the people who are painting the church, that everyone is kept safe! It will look very nice when completed! Thank you Lord for those willing to do this work!
    Pray for those who are dealing with flooding! We have had very hard rains as well as lakes, streams and rivers over flowing with melted water from the mountains!
    PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

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