Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4
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Key Verse: Ephesians 4:13
“Until we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
In the first three chapters of Ephesians, we are taught that God “has made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). We’ve been enjoying “the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8-9): “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.”
In the last three chapters, we make a rapid descent back down to earth. Like the astronauts, there is danger in re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere and danger in the landing. Here on earth, (1) we must learn to get along in unity with each other, (2) pay attention to those to whom God has given leadership responsibilities, (3) grow up and be “no longer children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive.” (4) we must “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man, which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (5) we must “let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away.” (6) we must learn to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” This list of what to do and what not to do goes on and on throughout the rest of the book. Let us remember that while we seek to behave in a godly way, failure to be perfect does not change in any way the message of the first three chapters. Our position “in Christ” is secure forever. Don’t get it backwards. We do our best to obey because we are “in Christ,” not in order to get the favour of God by our good deeds.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, here on earth it’s sometimes hard to always do what is right. Forgive me for the wrong I have done and will probably do again. According to Your Word, I pray for constant cleansing from sin. I thank You for Your promise in 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember clearly my father preaching from 1st John, chapter one. He focused on verse 7b, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” As a Greek language teacher, my father pointed out that the Greek verb translated “cleanses” denotes something that has happened, is happening, and will continue to happen all the time. Isn’t that comforting to know this fact, that God always sees us as clean because He sees us under the blood of Jesus! Hallelujah! Note that John, the Apostle who was most often the closest of all the disciples to Jesus, included himself when he used the word “we,” as I quoted in my prayer for today. We can never say, “We have no sin.” So I’ve learned to relax, sitting in heavenly places, with my feet placed firmly here on earth. I do not live only here on earth, but with Christ in heavenly places as well. Like my muscles which have a ligament on both ends, there is a healthy tension here that keeps me moving forward.
Yours for our “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:5-6),
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These are beautiful quotes of Paul the Apostle. If they seem to go by too quickly, there’s a pause button at the bottom of the screen:
Hoping all saints enjoy the weekend.
Thank you Lynda for sharing that link. Such encouragement in those words of the Apostle Paul!
As I’m reading through the book of Ephesians, I find that I’m underlining so many verses. It’s as though I want to emphasize Every Word. They are so rich.
I want to go back and re-read every verse. There is so much to grasp from this book. If only we could all live according to these truths of who we are in Christ and what we have been given, as a result of our relationship with Him.
Several Christian Leaders have set aside tomorrow, June 2, as a day of prayer for the president of the USA, Donald Trump. Let us join in that prayer that God will lead, and guide the president in all his decisions. What happens in the USA can, and often does, affect the whole world.
While we’re at it, let us pray for our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The Lord commands us to pray for those in authority . Whether or not we support their policies, we’re still told to pray for them.
May you all have a blessed day!
I AM SENDING YOU TONS OF HUGS; THANK YOU,THANK YOU FOR POSTING ABOUT PRAYING FOR OUR LEADERS;
I FEEL SO STRONG ABOUT THIS; GOD HAS SPOKEN MANY TIMES TO ME THAT WE NEED TO PRAY DAILY FOR OUR LEADERS; WE NEED TO PRAY THAT THEY WILL TURN TO THE LORD AND PRAY FOR THEIR COUNTRY, THEIR FAMILIES;THEIR FELLOW POLITICIANS; THEIR DECISIONS THEY NEED TO MAKE DAILY;
AT ONE TIME THE PREMIER OF ALBERTA (GOING BACK DECADES,DECADES) WAS A CHRISTIAN PASTOR AND MY FAMILY LISTENED TO HIS SERMONS ALWAYS AND HE WAS PREMIER OF ALBERTA;
I DO REMEMBER THAT THE PEOPLE OF ALBERTA ALL FLOURISHED VERY WELL, THE PREMIER USED TO VISIT THE FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES;
WE ALL CAN PRAY; GOD’S WORD TELLS US TO PRAY FOR ALL PEOPLE; THE MOST POWERFUL PRAYER IN THE WORLD IS THE LORD’S PRAYER; PRAY THIS WITH OUR FAMILY;YOUR NEIGHBOURS; PRAY THIS PRAYER WITH YOUNG PEOPLE; YES LORD,
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN;\
HALLOWED BY THY NAME;
THEY KINGDOM COME……………………
Lord God, thank You not only for those who stand against what’s wrong, but also for those who stand for what’s right. We praise You for your goodness, your righteousness, and your mercy. Please keep on raising up godly people throughout this world, and help every one of your people to know, to trust, and to love You more. Of course, loving You means obeying You and loving those You put in our lives, so we ask You to help us with that, too! Be glorified and honoured in and through Your body, the church, in all places, and send Your workers out, Lord, empowered, emboldened, and equipped. We ask all these things with thankfulness that You are working in this generation, Lord God, in Jesus’s great name, amen
AMEN, AMEN AND AMEN!
My blood pressure which was extremely high (hospital by ambulance) has come down greatly. Thank you so much for your prayers. I am asking God for healing mercy for my sister & myself. I believe there is still much for me to do this side of heaven so I choose life, in Jesus Name. Amen. (some little pain is present).
just wondering if you have ever talked to a Naturopath about treatments for your blood pressure;these treatments are so good for every aspect of our lives; they are natural treatments; speak to a Naturopath about your sister also; it is amazing what the treatments can do.; Lord be with Doreen and her sister; heal them both Lord; give to them the gift of a healthy happy life; we Thank You Lord for this prayer site that gives us all an opportunity to pray for each other;
Please continue to pray for me; need financial windfall; have room at the back, waiting on the Lord to bring the right person to rent; monies go on reducing loan; Thanking the Lord for swimming; for my car, home,for this prayer site in Jesus Name I Pray amen
Thank you Doreen for the update; Praise God for hearing and answering our prayers!
What an encouraging words in today’s daily manna; thank you Mainse family for
a smoky day here in Alberta; I pray for those in High Level, Alberta that have had to evacuate their homes.do to the forest fires. Lord I pray tor Your intervention for the fires be quenched quickly.
Good news Doreen that your blood pressure has come down; and we pray for the extinction of the fires in Alberta. Much food for thought from the scriptures today!