Scripture: Ephesians 1-6. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Paul had spent over three years with the Ephesian church, and he was very close to the people. Paul encouraged the people, as he challenged them to live close to God, remembering all that He has done for His people. Paul also expresses how the people should have unity in their commitment to Christ and reminds them of the church being in constant battle with the forces of darkness in this world. Follow along as we read the Book of Ephesians, Chapters 1-6!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Ephesians were known as people who were faithful to God. We, too, must hold fast to our faith in God and obey Him, even in the smallest details of our lives. We will one day be rewarded. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus to die for us, graciously and freely giving us the beautiful gift of salvation. God chose each and every one of us, according to His plan. We must express our thankfulness daily for His amazing love to each of us. God is in charge of our lives. Our lives can quickly grow chaotic and full of anxiety; however, we can rest in His truth. We must remember that God Almighty is in control. There is nothing too difficult for God, and nothing can separate us from His love. 🙂 God also wants us to help others in need, being kind, gentle, generous, and showing others His love through our words and actions. We are representatives for God and His son Jesus, so we must be good examples for others, acting the way Jesus would. Sometimes anger can get the best of us. However, the Bible tells us that we are not to go to bed angry. It is important to handle our anger carefully. We can always ask God to guide us and help us change our attitudes and hearts. We need to be forgiving toward others, just as God has forgiven us. When we are feeling down, we should thank God for His strength and the strength that He is building in us through the difficult times in our lives. We are called to love one another, just as God loves us. We must put on the Armor of God daily, Ephesians 6:10-20.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Ephesians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.