Eph 6:19-24

Eph 6:19-24

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Paul loved to talk about Jesus.  Everywhere he went, he would find people to tell them about Jesus.  In the synagogue, in the open market place, or finding a place he could stand and preach.  It didn’t matter – Paul would preach and let people know the mystery of the gospel.  He was bold with the gospel at all times.

I want that kind of boldness.  My brother-in-law died a last week in a car accident.  He was bold for Jesus.  No matter where he was or who he was talking to, he would tell them about Jesus.  He would talk about the blessings of God.  He would ask them if they knew Christ.  There was no doubt he was a man of God, and that he loved the Lord, if you ever stopped  to talk to him.  You knew he loved the Lord.  Give me that kind of boldness – that I may always talk about Jesus!

21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

Another messenger from Paul, Tychicus, was sent to update the people on what was going on with Paul.  They knew he was in prison, but dd not know about his health, or his mood, or what was coming to him from the Romans.  They were concerned with how Paul was doing.  The people of Ephesus really cared about him, as he had planted the church there, and he was the one who led many of them to Christ.  Paul knew this, and wanted to make sure they knew he was doing fine.

People care about you, too.  I have been out of church now for almost a year due to the chemo and cancer I have been going through.  And my church has some mold in it, so I can’t go there for risk of getting sick.   People are asking all the time how I am doing, so my wife and the pastor keep the updated.  If you are a member of a local church, and you have not been lately, I would guess there are some who wonder if you’re okay.  They may not call, but they are thinking about it.  Make sure you attend regularly if you are able so people know you’re okay!

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Paul leaves with comforting words.  Peace, Grace, faith and love to all.  Paul was always concerned that  the people were well grounded in the things of God.  he desires peace in the church, that there will not be arguing, disputes or disagreements among thee brethren.  He wanted them to have love with faith – I like that combination!  Have love to one another, and have faith that love will return to you.  Never worry if someone may not show you the love you need – have faith it will come.  Love with faith!

Lastly, grace to all them that love Jesus.  Grace to all of you, my friends.  This brings an end to our study in Ephesians.  I have enjoyed going through this book,and I hope you have as well.  I am not sure what book  will do next – I am open for suggestions.  I am going to take a short break from this blog, and I will let you know through my other blogs when it will start up again

Thanks for reading!

Philippians 1:13

“So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places,”

Are the trials that I go through witnessing to those around me?  Paul had the unique ability to see his afflictions as a means of touching others for Christ.  He knew that as he prevailed through every test, the power of the gospel was made real to more and more people, so that people not only knew that he relied totally on Christ, but that it was Christ who delivered him every time.

Our nature is more often to moan and groan when tests come our way.  We do everything we can to get out of them, avoid them, disregard them and hope they will go away.  We certainly do not look forward to tribulation.  We see it as a hindrance to our spiritual growth and a lack of faith on our part.  In fact, there are many who will come up to you in the midst of a trial and say you must not be close enough to God, or that you lack faith to come out of the trials.

We need to change our perspective.  Do you think for a moment God would allow difficulties in our life that we cannot overcome with His help?  I will tell you never!  Do you think for a moment that more faith would keep you from the tests God has prepared for you?  I tell you no way!  Do you think your faith will grow faster if you did not have any tests?  I will tell you not a chance!

It is time that we start embracing the cross God puts into our lives.  Allow our bonds to be manifest in every situation, and let the world know that God is at work in our lives.  And when He sees us through, give Him all the glory and praise.  Then the world will see a true witness, and more will turn to Christ

 

Lord,  I have been too quick to want to escape the trials in my life.  Help me to embrace them, knowing that you have a purpose for every difficult situation that crosses my path.  Help me not to shrink back in the face of criticism about my faith when trials arise, but help me stand and show that you alone provide my salvation.

Philippians 1:6d

“until the day of Jesus Christ”

The call of God is without repentance.  If there is a call on your life, God will continue to call you until you fulfill His plan.  He will not push you, or provoke you, or make you do anything.  He will gently and softly continue to call you until you realize that the call is still there.  Until Jesus returns, our work is still needed on this earth.

It is so easy to walk away from the call of God.  Often we receive a call shortly after we accept Christ as our Savior.  We are unsure if it is real, or if it just our zeal that puts these wild thoughts in our head.  So we ignore it.  Then God comes back and, mentions it again at some point when our spirit is sensitive to hear.  We might say “Thank you for reminding me God, but I am busy right now with other things.  I just don’t have time”, or we might think it is once again a new zeal on our prat, and the words fade from our memory.

But the call comes back, again and again.  Through trials and tests, we see the hand of God on our lives, and we know there must be some purpose He keeps helping us through.  Certain songs ring so true in our spirit that we want to shout them out, not knowing these songs are drawing us back to our calling.  Sermons and words from spirit filled saints guide us toward that calling, but we don’t recognize the connection.  We question “Can God really use me?.  Does He really want me to do this?’

Yes, He does.  The calling is sure.  The anointing will come as you walk in your calling.  The voice of God will not cease to call you until Christ returns.  Just start to walk in that calling, and see God move.

 

Lord, I have held back too long.  I am amazed that you still want to use me after all the times I have not listened to your call.  Help me to walk boldly where you lead me.  Help me to fulfill the plan you have had for me since the first day I met you.  Help me to never turn back again.

Philippians 1:6c

“will perform it…“

It is God that performs it in me.  It is not me trying to make it happen.  I need to yield to Him in order for His perfect will to be carried out in my life.  There are so many hindrances to this that I could write a volume just on that.  Yielding to God and allowing Him to work out His plan in our lives is truly a walk of faith.

There will be times when we will be persecuted for our faith.  Jesus says to rejoice when we are persecuted, because He was persecuted.  There may be times when we are down because things are not going as we think they should.  These are times to trust that God is still working.  There may come times when we do not hear His voice for days, or weeks.  These are the times He is working silently, behind the scenes.  There may be times when He seems to be touching everyone else but us.  These are the times we must be still and enjoy the blessings we have.

You will not always be on the mountaintop.  There will be a lot of time spent in the valley.  The valley is where things grow.  The valley is where the brightest blooms are.  The valley is where the water flows.  The valley is full of life, even though it may seem like a down place to be.  The valley is where we should long to be.

Trust Him.  In every test, in every trial, trust Him.  He always knows what He is doing, and where he is taking you.  Just because you do not know the end does not mean the end is not good.  If you place it in God’s hand, it will always come out good.  Don’t give into the temptation to take matters into your own hand.  Let God do His work, and He will perform His work in our lives.

 

It is with great gratitude that I turn my life over to you.  I know I cannot make it on my own.  I need your strength, your guidance, your deliverance, your word to carry me through each day.  You are the one who will bring me to completion, if I allow you to have your way.  Lord, help me to give you the reins of my life.