S-11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– 12-
S-Ephesians 3King James Version (KJV)
3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
O- A prisoner of Jesus, Message Bible 1 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. Dispensation of Grace –1 This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called.2 I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody.3 I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief.4 As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ.
A- This passage is making us aware, me aware of the importance of the reason behind why we as believer do what we do, even if it means prison. Praying of course if it meant prison I would be willing to go for Christ. Am I familiar with the part I am given in God’s plan. Familiar-1.well known from long or close association. In close or intimate on familiar terms. God’s plan is always the best reason to do what we do. If I want to know the Mystery I must get on board and hear the plan, (inside story) understand the plan, walk the plan, Live the PLAN! The mystery of Christ was just not for Paul it is for all believers.
P-Father I know you have a plan for me and I know You alone are able to work that plan out in my life. Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, I thank you strengthen me Lord to be obedient to your Words and Lord my the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You. So that even in the prisons of my life I can know you are with me and that Your Joy would make me full. Your mystery of Faith and Your unlimited Grace.
S-Ephesians 2:19-22King James Version (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
O-I belong now and forever, Jesus Christ himself has done this work He is the chief corner stone. He alone has satisfied the demands of sin. We are each as believers being built up into this glorious temple of God. Spiritually we are joined now and forever into the kingdom of God.
A-Live like you believe who you are. Can you imagine being that Princess who has been given full reign in her Palace as joint here with the KING? The Princess knows who she belongs too there are no doubts in her mind. No unsettled thoughts when she pulls the drapes or arranges the folds of her clothing. She KNOWS, she has been given the confidence to walk according to her Fathers foot steps. She is certain of all the blessings that come with her title. There are no fears she has ears and eyes only for the truth and is always content. Peace is something that comes with the Truth of who she is. There is a place of perfect righteousness and where she has the ability to be anchored in and upon all that she has been given. Can it be that I am that very Princess? Can I for this moment be built up in this very beautiful Kingdom of GOD my Father? Yes Lord, I say YES! Let it be unto me as You have stated. I desire nothing but to be where You alone have given me to be fitly framed together in Your Holy Temple. Let the WORSHIP begin.
P- Father I am yours there is no other King for me I want to be kept and I humble surrender to Your Will be done. I worship You alone and desire nothing but to be living in Your Temple Joined together with You by the Power of Your Spirit. Glory to the Prince of Peace and God our Father Forever Amen
S-Ephesians 2:4-10King James Version (KJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
O-Do you understand the riches we have in Christ? Here we have it the full and complete version of Grace with its unlimited favor, Gift of the Father. We were DEAD in Sin and by Faith in what Christ has done on the cross, the blood that would forever cleanse me from sin, raising me together with HIM me and His own Son being welcomed together into the heavenly places, oh the GRACE that makes me alive, how precious, how wonderful.
A-Live like this is true, totally live like you believe that has truly happened and that it has happened for me. His Kindness, His Gift, did not have to lift a finger, Free made Free, His workmanship, His good works, He ordained, that I might walk with HIM now and FOREVER! Sin has no more hold on me and I can live Christ in me. This needs to change me from the inside out, it needs to arouse uncomplicated steadfast never resisting TRUST in my Father who has made a way for me to walk with Him. Amazing LOVE how can it be!
P- Father you are totally my rescuer not only in my yesterdays of darkness but you are my measure of what ever I need for today and tomorrow. Nothing comes so close as this, nothing touches my life like this does. You are the here and now of my existence and I cherish this knowledge of Who You Are! I want to feel you like Mary did so close that I feel surrounded by Your Presence. I want to make room for you as I walk this life road and know that nothing compares to the knowledge of who You are in me. You have the workmanship all under control and I want to be yielded to the construction work of Your Hands. Teach me LORD, wake me when I fall tired, strengthen when I am weak, arouse within my a total desire to fall upon You in all things. Teach me to talk with You, walk with You, as You are right here with me always. Thank you Father for this gift of LOVE this mystery of Kindness toward me.
S-Ephesians 2:1-3New King James Version (NKJV)
By Grace Through Faith
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
O- This was who I was this is still who I am at times but now, I have the Spirit of the righteous ONE living inside of me. He is doing a mighty work in me, for me, and in so doing He is pleased to Bless me and others who know me. The redemptive work is a cleansing of sin and a much needed renewing of my mind.
A-I need to receive this view of myself without Christ, to fully understand my need for Him to Live in this world of sin. My Lusts and Desires Need Not RULE in my flesh any longer as He has made me alive (dead to sin). I am able by His power to receive His Light that casts out the darkness of sin in me. It is in truth the anchor of my faith, knowing I am forgiven, knowing I did not deserve it, believing He is Worthy, and Praising Him with a humbled life surrendered to Him. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell. I am part of that fullness and indeed for it says in Heaven and on Earth. I am forever given this place of fellowship with Him where sin has been put to death.
P- Father thank you for forgiving me, for showing me that You can keep me from sin. That I am no longer tied to the dead man of sin but that Your life giving blood secured me from the curse of sin and death. I am forever Free to believe and know that You are my redeemer. You alone have set me free from the power of sin. I who was an enemy of Light Your LIGHT am now full of Light Your LIGHT for You have entered into my Darkness and Cast out all my sin and shame. You are my True Father and I am your true Daughter. I Praise You and I Love YOU!
S-Ephesians 1:22-23King James Version (KJV)
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
O- Everything is through Him, By Him and For Him. Thinking in Col. Chapter one this is written so well also. He is totally committed to us. He is our HEAD now. All my ways should be under this authority.
A-Throughout my life I have lived for many things. Often my life is guided by my fleshly desires. I still have to stop and tell myself the truth that all things are under His feet and He Covers ME. This alone should help with the brakes. Just stop and listen He is always there for me for us. He is amazingly generous about His awesomeness in us, completing us, making us fully united with Him in all things. HE FILLETH ME!
P-Father fill me today I want to be filled with Your Grace today and forever.
Lord I love you!
Ephesians 1:15-21King James Version (KJV)
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
O-To US-WARD, inward, onward and upward, Love the Covering of His Greatness given to us, inside, outside, all around us, and it is all according to His Mighty Power. By the eyes of our understanding being illuminated by His Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge of HIM!
A-Can you hear it? Can you see it? I must have missed this in the past as I don’t remember focusing on the present tense of this scripture. It is for our hearing and seeing at this very moment. Where ever I am in my head, wherever I am in location, age, marriage, relationships, church….endless hope. Secured by the exceeding Mighty POWER of His greatness. It sounds like the ride of a life time, “Why miss out?” I hear Him and see Him, calling out to me. Me the remembered one totally connected to the riches of His MIGHT, DOMINION, not only in this world but that which is to come. Dead now I live just as He Died and now lives. My heart is singing, Let’s Live, Let’s HEAR the Faith! Let’s experience the GRACE
P- Dear Father,
May I release so you can increase in me, I want You, All of YOU! Give my Faith that can be recognized in You, for You, that I might be full of Your wisdom and Hope to come. Open my EYES and let my HEAR, forgive me and cleanse me, try me…..I want to be like You. Your Spirit gift of Power, let it become to real in me that Your fragrance will be mine. Oh the awesome beauty of You on me, in me, going with me. I how sweet Your LOVE is toward us Lord. Maranatha
S-Eph 1 :7-12
Ephesians 1:7-12New King James Version (NKJV)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
O-REDEMPTION-this is an amazing fact about JESUS, His promise of life by His very own Blood shed for each of us. The mystery made known to each of us, JESUS! All things being gathered together that were once alienated because of sin. My adoption papers were completed and I was given the greatest gift GRACE and Faith to believe it.
A-I was redeemed, I am redeemed, I Will be Redeemed! Package deal of Faith in what has already been done for me. Love my Christmas Present LORD! Thank you seems such an imperfect word to express my feelings when really everything I am and everything You are, have become one. This is so big and so wonderful, Your working All things to the will of Your Desires and I get to be apart……….Selah
P– Father you have done it all there is no, Know doubt in my heart and my soul which is YOURS Bought, Signed for, and KEPT for ever. I am humbled by all that You have done for me. This was not just a mere thought it was a huge immersible living MYSTERY of Your LOVE not only for me but for everyone. Not only for yesterday, but for today, and for tomorrow. I am YOURS! You did it all! Keep me in Your Love Always and Forever.
Observation-Blessed is the Man! Who walks with God!
Application- Choices it is all about them. Choices to rise above anger, reproach, selfish desires, and the flesh which burns its desires into our minds and hearts. Choices FREE something that is totally free! With Rewards and Blessings, that is what it is all about! Making choices that will bring not only happiness now but forever as we make the choice to walk with Him, Pray with Him, Read His Heart and Learn His Ways! It’s all about the real life of LOVE and Being Loved by Him, let Him plant us, let Him water us, Let Him, Let HIM, LET HIM! and HE WILL!
PRAYER– Dear Father, today just for this moment and every moment of today I want YOU! I want to PRAISE YOU, I want to HONOR YOU, I want to Be BLESSED! Grow me up in YOU! Keep my thoughts Pure, Keep YOUR Word in my heart, I want to Choose You today in everything. Thank you for choosing me. I Trust You, not only your Love for me, but your ability to make me into your likeness. This seems impossible when I look into my fleshly heart, keep my eyes from this place of insecurity and teach me Your Ways of a GRACE filled heart which lives and hungers after YOU! You are the TREE of LIFE graft me in, let me prosper in Your living Water and bring forth the FRUIT of the Joy that is You!
Matthew never wants cereal for breakfast. He tells me he can go to the barn if he wants cereal (grain). So at first I didn’t want to but then it occurred to me I will probably have a lot of years in my future that will consist of cereal, bless that child for the reminder as cranberry scones are delicious. We had a 4 page test in history covering 20 chapters equal to one quarter of Mystery of History ‘ll. They both did well praise the Lord.
Lindajoy and I are still doing our Elizabeth George study of the Young Woman After God’s Own Heart. We are on chapter 4 the second part of the study on prayer. Today we looked at Mary’s prayer it always melts my heart at the love and devotion she had to her Heavenly Father. We are also studying Proverbs 1 with Papa. He is so faithful to lead us in family Bible times together.
Now for science! 🙂