Ephesians Week 10 Day 4

Ephesians 6:10-21
“I Put On Christ” Lyrics – Laura Hackett
Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins
That He might deliver us from this present evil age
For the battle is raging, the Devil is raging
And I don’t want to be sleeping while the battle is raging
For my spirit is willing though my flesh gets tempted
Rise up my soul and start praying
Cause I don’t want to be defenseless, yeah
I don’t fight as one who beats the air,
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear
I don’t fight as one who beats the air
Give me eyes to see and ears to hear oh God
I put on Christ make no provision for my flesh
Put on the whole armor of God, leave no open door to darkness
And I take the scroll; eat the scroll
Open up my mouth and speak forth Your Word
I take the sword of the Spirit
Blessed be the Lord my rock
Who trains my hands for battle, trains my hands for war
I don’t fight as one who beats the air,
I have eyes to see and ears to hear
It doesn’t have to be a blind battle cause I have the mind of Christ
Reflect on these lyrics and what they mean to you in
conjunction with the passage this week.

Ephesians Week 10 Day 3

Ephesians 6:10-21

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing

Take time to slowly read this passage again, asking God what He wants to bring your attention to today

Ephesians Week 9 Day 4

Ephesians 5:22 – 6:9

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard.
But it is the only way.”
– Barbara Bush
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul
than the way in which it treats its children.”
– Nelson Mandela
“When over the years someone has seen you at your
worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws,
yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience. To be loved but not known is comforting
but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest
fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot
like being loved by God. It is what we need more than
anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of
our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty
life can throw at us.”
― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Finding
Happiness in Your Most Profound Relationship

Reflect on the relationships in your life and if Christ is
central in them. Is Christ there in how you treat others in
your life?

Ephesians Week 9 Day 3

Ephesians 5:22-6:9

New International Version (NIV)

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[c]

4 Fathers,[d] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Take time to slowly read this passage again, asking God what He wants to bring your attention to today

Ephesians Week 9 Day 1

Ephesians 5:22-6:9

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[c]

4 Fathers,] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

5:22-30 What Paul is talking about in this passage is a unified submission;
one to another as Husband and Wife. Christ did not come to earth to be
served but to serve. (Mark 10:45) As both men and women who are called to
model the same heart and character as Jesus Christ our Lord, we should
always look to how we are to mutually serve one another. This is not to say
that Jesus was undistinguishable from the rest of the church, because he
was. The implication here is that both men and women play a truly important
role that neither can exchange nor should for the role of the other. Neither of
the two roles (Husband or Wife) holds any higher authority to the other
because under the authority of Christ they equally serve in their own roles.
5:31-33 Paul identifies what God commission in Genesis 2:24 in these
verses, affirming what God saw in the Garden of Eden; that it was not good
for man to be alone. It was for this reason that woman was made and
because of this reason that a man will leave his father and mother and
become one with his wife.
6:1-4 Paul talks about the order of headship in these first four verses to
chapter 6. Children can not provide for themselves nor should they order or
demand that their parents do what they want. Our understanding that God
our Father knows what we need and would seek to give us good things is
the affirmation to these verses. As children still under the headship of our
earthly father and mother, we should understand and know that they see our
need and will only give us what is good and not bad. To make sure that this
is truly the case Paul gives a strong warning to Fathers (and Mothers) to not
provoke children to anger but bring them up in the Lord.
6:5-9 We can not take the imagery of bondservant and master in that same
context that it was originally used in the 1st century. This passage closely
resembles in our time that of the working relationship between employer and
employee. To the people that we work for, we are to be respectful; not just
in the public eye but in your daily life. The mutual aspects of respect in this
passage bring us to see who we are really serving in order that we may
serve those around us better.

Ephesians Week 8 Day 5

Eph 5:1-21

Oftentimes, in a family there’ll be at least one child who
bears a striking resemblance to their father or mother—
so much so that friends of their parents will start
conversations with them without realizing that they’re
talking to the child. Not only will the child look like their
parent, but they’ll also pick up on their mannerisms as
well so they’ll drive like them, walk like them and talk like
them, all without really trying. And if the child wants to be
mischievous, they could deliberately imitate their parent
by dressing up like them or impersonating them over the
phone and fool people watching or listening.
As children of God we’ve all inherited godly
characteristics. There is a sense in which we should be
laboring to be like Christ, but because we’re God’s
children, imitating Him comes much more naturally to us
than it does to others who aren’t believers. The point is
that as difficult as things like forgiveness and self-control
can be to practice, because we’re God’s children, we’re
very capable of doing them—which is why God expects
them from us. So the next time you come across a
temptation that you think is too difficult to resist
remember that, at least in some sense, imitating God is
as easy as imitating your parents

Ephesians Week 8 Day 4

Ephesians 5:1-21

“I Want To Be Faithful” Lyrics – Vineyard
So many times I failed and I have turned away
But I will never leave for You are so faithful.
I can just see in You all that is just and true,
Less of me; more of You, I am Your servant.
I want to be faithful to You, I want to be true Lord
Whatever you say, I will do, I will obey.
Help me to walk in truth, never to stray from you
Lead me in righteousness, I want to follow.
Teach me to lose my life, that I would be found in You.
Better to lose it all, to be found in Jesus.

Reflect on these lyrics and what they mean to you in
conjunction with the passage this week.

Ephesians Week 8 Day 3

Ephesians 5:1-21

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Take time to slowly read this passage again, asking God what He wants to bring your attention today.

Ephesians Week 8 Day 2

Ephesians 5:1-21
1. Paul encourages us to forgive one another the
same way that Christ has forgiven us. This a lot
easier said than done. Is there anyone in your life
that you struggle to forgive? What is making it so
difficult to forgive them?
2. Paul tells us to not take part in behaviors such as
coarse joking, obscenity, sexual immorality, foolish
talk or greediness. Which of these or other
behaviors not listed do you struggle with the most?
3. What do you think it means to be “sleeping”?
4. Based on this passage, being filled with the Spirit
leads to worship. Whether it be musically or not,
being filled with God leads to worshiping God.
How much of your day to day is filled with worshiping God?

Ephesians Week 8 Day 1

Eph 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

5:1-2 We’re told to imitate God the same way that children imitate their parents. This verse comes immediately after 4:32 where Paul says to forgive one another the same way that Christ forgave us. Therefore, the clearest way of imitating
God is to forgive others when they wrong us the same way that God forgives us when we wrong Him.

5:3-7 Paul says that there shouldn’t even be a hint of sexual immorality among us and that we shouldn’t be making crude jokes. Which means things like racial slurs and “that’s what she said”’s shouldn’t be a part of a Christian’s vocabulary because they’re foolish and crude and don’t build anyone up, which was the point of the previous chapter.

5:8-14 When someone is in a romantic relationship with another person, they want to do everything to please that person. So they’ll find out what food they like, what clothes they like, what movies they like etc. so that they can please them. In the same way, when we’re in a relationship with Christ, we should find
out what He likes. Fortunately for us, He tells us in His Word—all we have to do is look hard enough. Some examples of what pleases God are verses like Isaiah 58:6, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” and 1 Thessalonians 4:3, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.”.
5:15-16 People will frequently complain that they don’t have enough time to do this or that. However, every person is given the same 24 hours every day. The difference is in how we choose to use those hours. Paul is warning us to not
waste our time doing things that are unproductive or that are flat-out sinful. Instead, we should be looking for opportunities to do what God wants us to do
every day.

5:18-21 Ephesus was the center of worship for Dionysus, the god of wine. Worship rituals focused on fertility, sex and intoxication. When someone was drunk, it allowed Dionysus to take full control of that person’s body and make them do his will. Paul is emphasizing that instead of being filled with wine in
order to do the bidding of a false god, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to do the will of God. The will of God, as Paul says in these verses is for us to thank Him for everything and to submit to one another.

Ephesians Week 7 Day 5

Eph 4:17-32

In the movie Captain America, Steve Rogers is injected with a
serum that transforms him into a supersoldier and he uses his
enhanced abilities to fight evil and protect American citizens.
In the same way, when we become Christians, God
empowers us to do things we were never capable of before.
He commands us to abstain from sexual immorality, to tell the
truth and to forgive because He knows He’s given us the
power to do that. When we understand what God has given
us, we’re able to live the life He’s called us to live.
As powerful as Captain America is, he didn’t stay alone. In the
movie The Avengers, he joins several other superheroes and
they work together to fight off alien creatures invading Earth
from another world. Each of the heroes are dangerous by
themselves individually, but when they come together they
become a greater force for good. In the same way, as
Christians, we were never meant to be our own individual
spiritual superheroes. It’s God’s intention that we serve each
other, love each other and work together to bring God’s
Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. Imagine how much the
Kingdom of God would advance on Earth if Christians were
building each other up instead of fighting each other and how
powerful of a witness that would be to nonbelievers. It’s this
unity that God is aiming for. Are you an individual trying to
make it on your own or are you teaming up with other
“heroes” to reveal the Kingdom?

Ephesians Week 7 Day 4

“There is a twilight zone in our hearts that we ourselves
cannot see. Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves-our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and our drives-large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness. This is a
very good thing. We will always remain partially hidden to
ourselves. Other people, especially those who love us,
can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves
can. The way we are seen and understood by others is
different from the way we see and understand ourselves.
We will never fully know the significance of our presence
in the lives of our friends. That’s a grace, a grace that
calls us not only to humility, but to a deep trust in those
who love us. It is the twilight zones of our hearts where
true friendships are born.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Reflect on who in your life is able to identify the
“twilight zone” in you and how they can aid you in casting
off your old self and embracing the new

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