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Ephesians 6- Pray Always

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 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, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  Ephesians 6:18-20

What is Pauls advice here to the Church? Pray, pray, and pray some more! Prayer should be an essential part of our lives, just as oxygen to breath. Prayer should never be an afterthought or an act of a emergency, prayer should be a daily routine. Can you have a relationship with your spouse or anyone without communication? Of course not, then how do you expect to have a personal relationship with God, if you don’t have a strong prayer life?

The late Leornard Ravenhill once said this ““No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.

Ravenhill always had a way with words, however his point is clear, someone who doesn’t have a strong spiritual life, probably has a weak prayer life. As the Apostle Paul says here “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” We need the Holy Spirit also, we can’t expect to understand God or want a relationship with him unless we are Born Again.  The natural man doesn’t understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Paul also insisted on praying for the saint (Christians) and hoping they would pray for him also. We should be actively praying for one another daily, praying for your family, praying for your children, praying for your Church, praying for your Pastor, there should never be no enough people to pray for. Pray for your community and neighbors, that the Holy Spirit will work in their lives and unhardens their hearts to hear the gospel. Instead of Christians arguing and fighting with each other, pray for one another, allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us during our daily walk

When we examine Jesus’ ministry on Earth, prayer was an essential part of his life. Often The Lord would get alone and spend time praying with our Heavenly Father. This should be the model of our lives. No matter how busy our lives become, we always need to find time alone with God. We need to pour out our hearts to The Lord so God will pour out the Holy Spirit on us, Amen!

Ephesians 6- Armor of God

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13

The Armor of God is one of Pauls classic teachings that almost everyone remembers from Sunday School. Paul is introducing the spiritual warfare we will face as Christians on a daily basis. This is more practical spiritual advice that we all can take and apply it to our daily lives and walk with Christ. If we don’t put on the Armor of God, we are really opening ourselves up for demonic attacks, which is what you really see in society today

“Put on the Armor of God, so you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” Notice without the Armor of God, you won’t be able to stand against the demons. Without the Word of God as your sword, without the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you are opening yourself up for demonic attacks and schemes that will destroy your life and eventually your soul

“We don’t wrestle with flesh and bone, but against the principalities and powers of darkness” We are all fighting a spiritual warfare, you are not just fighting against your enemies or maybe your health problems, you are fighting against demonic forces that have orchestrated this attack on you. You need to realize, you will not win this fight on your own, the only way to victory is Jesus Christ, the Lord over all things including Satan and demons. 

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Ephesians 6:14-17

What are some things we can learn from Paul’s analogies? You need the shield of faith, meaning you need to have strong faith in Christ so when the demonic attacks come, you will be able to withstand them. Without faith, when the arrows of Satan come after you, you will fall away and be devoured. Put your faith in Christ, your rock and foundation, then you will be able to stand against anything in this world

Secondly , you need your swordy, the Word of God. You can never go to battle without being equipped with your spiritual sword, the Bible. Without your sword you will be quickly destroyed by the lies and deception of Satan. However when you have your sword of truth, the Word of God, you can stand against any form of evilness and rebuke them in Jesus name!

Don’t go anywhere without your Armor of God, build your faith, pray without ceasing, study the Word of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Ephesians 6- Slaves and Masters

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Ephesians 6:5-9

Today we look at passages that are considered controversial today, mainly because it’s a misunderstanding from the Greek to English language and a lack of understanding of the context of the scriptures. Many Atheists and skeptics will jump on these scriptures to say “Aha, the Bible is racist” or insist Paul is promoting slavery as we known it from a Western culture. However taking a deeper look and doing a little bit of research, you will find that its not the case here at all

The original Greek word here is “Doulos” this word can be translated as slave but also translated a “bondservant” which is the way the NKJV translated it “Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;” (Ephesians 6:5 (NKJV) When translated to bondservant , it gives the context a total different meaning to this teaching.

In Roman times, the term bondservant or slave could refer to someone who voluntarily served others (gotquestions.org)  A bondservant was someone who voluntarily served others, much like an employment agreement we have today. In today’s world , a company recruits you for work, you agree to their terms, and you have an agreement to be their employee.Technically you then have a master/servant relationship.  This was the same relationship with a bondservant and a master in the first century. Paul is not talking about slavery as we know it from a Western cultural perspective

Now to understand the principle Paul is teaching here “Serve with good will, as to The Lord and not man” (v7) Whatever we do in life, we should do it for the glory of God. If you are working a job, you should do your best with honesty and integrity, as to represent Christ. Maybe you have a bad boss, or maybe you hate your job, you should still do your best as if you are working for The Lord Jesus Christ himself

This goes the same for “Masters” or employers/businesses. If you are a business owner or manager, you should treat your employees with the love of Christ. You should operate and conduct your business with integrity as Jesus Christ is your Lord. While these scriptures are usually taken out of context in today’s society, there are great principles here that we can apply to our daily lives Amen!

Ephesians 6- Foundation of The Family Part 3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

Previously we looked at the roles of the wife and the husband, in the covenant of God. Today we look at the role of the children, now it may seem obvious or common sense that children should obey their parents, however we are living in the last days and I’ll explain in more detail later.

Now just as we talked about, if a Husband is a man of God and actually loves his wife as Christ loves the Church, then it would probably be easier for a wife to respect her husband. However as we see many Godless marriages and many men who have failed their roles as Husband and Father, we see alot of broken homes and marriages.

This is the same with the Children, kids are more likely to obey their parents if they truly love and respect them. However most parents raised their children in a Godless and broken home, therefore the love and respect is non existent. We can’t expect Children to have morals if the parents don’t lay down the moral foundation first. How do the parents lay down a moral foundation? The foundation for a marriage and a family needs to be built on Christ

Jesus said “Whoever hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24) The family who builds their marriage on Christ is building it on the rock, a solid foundation. However a husband and wife who are building their life without Christ, is building a foundation on sand, and when the storms of life come in, their entire house will collapse. It all starts with the covenant of Marriage being built on Christ

1But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

Notice what Paul says here, in the last days we will see an increase in children being disobedient to parents, unthankful, unloving, without self control, unholy, ect. Doesn’t this describe most households today? We are living probably in the most Godless generation in history, the foundation of the family has been cracked and crumbling, because the Men of God have abandoned their positions with Christ

The only way to fix our families is to fix ourselves first. We must all come to Christ, repent and become Born Again! Build the foundation of your marriage and family on Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Amen!

Ephesians 5- Foundation of the Family Part 2

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  Ephesians 5:25-27

As we continue to look at Paul’s teachings on marriage and family, my last post we looked at the controversial scripture “Wives submit to your husbands” , but notice this is followed with the stipulation “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church”. Many women when they hear about “submitting” to their husband, they are repulsed or infuriated, mostly because their Husbands didn’t love them as Christ loved the Church. So how did Christ love the Church?

Well Jesus loved the Church so much , he laid down his life for us! Paul says in Romans “God demonstrated his love, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) We as husbands , as men of God, need to be more like Christ, conformed to his image (Romans 8:29) Most of us have failed to fill this role as the husband, as the man of God in the family, which is why we see the resistance to a Bilbical marriage today

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Ephesians 5:28-30

Husbands are to love their wives as their own body. I talked about this in my previous post also, the Bible says “Two become One flesh” (Genesis 2:24) everything the husband does affects the wife, just as everything the wife does affects the husband. Every sin you intake in your body, affects your spouse, sin is a selfish disease, your sins don’t just impact yourself but your whole family, think about that!

As Paul says we should “nourish and cherish our wives, just Christ did for the Church” A question for husbands, are you nourishing your wife? Are you cherishing your wife? 

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:31-33

As the Bible says “The Two Become One Flesh” , Marriage is a union, its a covenant with God. Marriage is not just about the husband or the wife, it’s about them together as one. If one of them are sick, they are both sick. Everything one does reflects both of them.

And verse 33 , I believe Paul gives a better explanation of wives submitting to their husbands, wives should show reverence or respect to their husbands. I think this is a more clear exegesis of the scripture. Marriage should have mutual love and respect for one another. Its not about dominance or control, its about love as Christ loves us! Amen!

Ephesians 5- Foundation of The Family Part 1

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Ephesians 5:21-25

Ephesians Chapter 5 and 6, actually provide alot of insight into Gods plan and intention for the family. These scriptures today are often viewed as controversial, because it shows you how fallen our society has become. And that is and always has been Satans plan, to destroy the Church and destroy the foundation of the family. Because the reality is, without the structure of the family, society completely crumbles, and that is what we are seeing in our generation today

Alot of critics like to “cherry-pick” scriptures to demonstrate this godless belief that the Bible is bad and male chauvinistic. However , they completely skip over the complete context of the scriptures and the meaning behind them. For example, verse 21 “Submit yourselves one to another in the fear of God” Well this includes everyone, male and female. Everybody should be submissive to each other in a Christ like manner. Meaning we shouldn’t be fighting against each other, we should be looking out for each other “Love your Neighbor” . Now this verse scripture totally debunks the liberals who hate on the Bible. Because male is supposed to be submissive to female, as female is submissive to a male, it’s all in the love of Christ

Marriage is a covenant between One Man and One Woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-5) So when were talking about a husband and a wife, this is a covenant between them and God. As the scriptures says “The Two Become One Flesh” (Genesis 2:24) The man and woman are one spiritually. Anything the husband does effects the wife, anything the wife does effects the husband. This is a complete uniting of souls under God. This is why when you try to separate the two, it’s very painful spiritually. 

God created Adam (Man) first, and then Eve (woman) was created from Adam. (Genesis 2:7) The reason I bring this up is you have to understand the hierarchy of God, to understand the roles of Marriage.  This is why the world today is so against men, again this is an agenda from Satan. To destroy the strong spiritual head of the household. Now I know men of God are few and far between today, which a another sign of the times, however God will always have his remnant and Gods will never changes

When Eve was created, was so Adam would not be alone and to give him a partner. Also the purpose was to populate the Earth. This is why Paul says “Wives submit to your Husbands” because they are partners , a team to work together to raise up children and build a home on the foundation of Christ

As the scriptures says “The Church is subject to Christ” there is a hierarchy in everything in the world. Just as Jesus Christ the Son was in subjection to God the Father, the roles of life are a reality. If people would embrace their role , instead of fighting against it, we will be in the will of God and live a more peaceful life in Christ, Amen!

Ephesians 5- The Will Of The Lord

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:15-18

What is the important object of our Christian walk? To know what the will of The Lord is! Everything we do should be in alignment with the will of God. So how do we know what the will of The Lord is? We need to abide in Christ, pray without ceasing, and be filled with the Holy Spirit

As Jesus taught us in the Lords prayer “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10) We should pray everyday to do the will of God and not our own will. Our lives are like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14) As the Apostle Paul says “Redeem the time, because the days are evil” We as the Church need to stop wasting time on self centered interests, and focus on doing the Lords will, building Gods Kingdom

Don’t waste your time being drunk on alchohol, be filled with the Holy Spirit! Every day, every moment, every hour you waste fulfilling your flesh, you are wasting time fulfilling Gods will for your life. 

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Ephesians 5:19-20

We should also dedicate time to worship The Lord, singing psalms and hymns together. Notice the scripture doesn’t say to just worship alone, we should worship together as the body of Christ. Make melody in your heart to The Lord, that is the key! Doesn’t matter how you can sing or if you can sing, give your heart to Christ, worship The Lord because He is worthy of all praise!

The Apostle James says “Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15) We shouldn’t be making decisions without consulting with The Lord. Everything we do should be centered around the will of The Lord, if Jesus is our Master, then we are his slaves, Amen!

Ephesians 5- Children of The Light

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Notice the key words here in the scripture “you were sometimes darkness, but now you are light in the Lord”  You were but now in Christ you are not, that’s the key here. If you have become Born Again in Christ (John 3:3) you are a new creation. You were once in darkness but now you are a child of the light, you no longer stay dead in your sins, you are now alive in Christ by the Holy Spirit

Paul also mentions the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5) , you as a Born Again Christian should be producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit, there should be evidence of your conversion. You are no longer a child of darkness and sin, you are a child of God through The Lord Jesus Christ

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephesians 5:11-14

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, hello Church , are you listening? How many Churches compromise and embrace the darkness of this world, so they can be socially acceptable? This is going against the Word of God, have no fellowship with the darkness. You can’t walk with Jesus and hold hands with the devil, you are a child of the light or a child of the darkness, there is no in between

Here’s another message for the Church “Wake up sleeper and rise from the dead! The Church has spiritually fallen asleep today, we need a revival, we need a reformation, wake up O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

Christ shall give you the light! What is the solution to world? Jesus Christ, what is the solution for The Church? Jesus Christ, What is the solution for yourself? Jesus Christ, the light of the world! Christ is the head of the Church, if you love him keep his commandments! Amen!

Ephesians 5- Imitators of God

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:1-4

The Apostle Paul tells us we should be followers or imitators of God, what does that mean? Well if Jesus is really your Master (Lord) then you should be imitating your Lord. People should see Christ inside of you, if they don’t see the fruits of the Holy Spirit, then something is wrong. As we talked previously, you have to become Born Again (John 3:3), there needs to be a transformation from your old self to the newness of your walk with Christ

The first thing Paul lists is we walk in love as Christ. Sometimes this can be very hard to do, the world is fallen and wicked, the majority of people are just plain mean, why? Because they haven’t been regenerated, they are still dead in their sins of the flesh, so this is to be expected of the world. Jesus said “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you “ (Matthew 5:44) Wow, how and why should we do this? Because Christ loved us even when we were still sinners also (Romans 5:8)

The next thing Paul mentions is your past sins should “not be named among you, as you are now a saint” You were a sinner before you met Christ, but now you’re a saint through the rebirth of the Holy Spirit. You will sin as a believer, but you won’t remain in your sin. As a Born Again believer in Christ, you are not the same person you were, you don’t remain dead in your sin, you are now alive in Christ and walk by the Holy Spirit.  The Apostle Peter describes a person who continues to go back to their sin as a “dog going back to their vomit” (2 Peter 2:22)

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-6

Let nobody deceive you, a person who is still dead in their sins, will not inherit the Kingdom of God! The liberal Church today is telling people to remain as they are, that God loves them who they are, these are lies from the pit of Hell. Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again, you won’t see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) Jesus never said to remain as you are God loves you

We are to be followers or imitators of Christ!If Jesus is our Lord, then Christ is our Master, we must be conformed to his image by the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Ephesians 4- Fruits of The Holy Spirit

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:28-30

Jesus said “You will be known by your fruit” (Matthew 7:16) Many people call themselves a “Christian” but does your life really reflect this? If you were put on trial for your faith, would the evidence convict you of being a disciple of Christ? As the Apostle James said “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26) If were are going to talk the talk, we need to walk the walk!

Here the Apostle Paul is talking about evidence of our conversion, if you were a thief before you came to Christ, you should be stealing no more. If you used to curse like a sailor before , including using the “Lord’s name in vain” you shouldn’t be speaking like this anymore. There should be evidence of your conversion becoming Born Again in Christ (John 3:3)

If there is no change or conversion, then what did Jesus save you from? The late preacher Leonard Ravenhill had a good sermon on this, he said “What did Jesus save you from?, Hell?, Did Jesus save you from drinking , from sexual immorality,? You go to Church on Sunday and live like the devil the rest of the week, then what did Jesus really save you from?  The point Ravenhill was making was, if you are truly saved and Born Again in Christ, then there should be evidence of your conversion. You shouldn’t be still “dead in your sins” before you came to Christ, if you are still living like your “old self” then you are truly not saved

But those of us who are saved by Jesus Christ, who are Born Again, baptized by the Holy Spirit (John 3) we don’t have to grieve or worry about judgment day. Because once you are Born Again, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We our saved by grace through faith in Christ, not by ourselves or our works. However there should be evidence or works that demonstrate our new life in Christ

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Forgive one another as Christ forgave You! We all want forgiveness , we all want mercy, right? Then why won’t you forgive or have mercy on anyone else? You can’t expect God to forgive you, if you won’t forgive anyone else. Jesus said “ If you forgive others who sin against you, then our Heavenly Father will forgive you” (Matthew 6:14)

We should demonstrate the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23) We need to become Born Again in Christ, and be sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption Amen!