5/31/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

As Christians, we are given the privilege to approach God. God is our Father. God is our Friend. God loves us more than we deserve, but how do we approach Him with the respect He so rightly deserves? Paul shares some advice for us in today’s scripture reference, and in doing so opens up for us an avenue that we might have missed. Paul teaches us that we can approach God with confidence, and this is because of Jesus. The shed blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary allows us to come into the presence of God confidently, forgiven, and restored. We no longer have to approach Him as a sinner shaking in the reality of our sins. We no longer have to approach Him at a distance because we feel unworthy. Jesus changed all of that when He died on the cross. He changed all that when He died for the forgiveness of our sins. The death of Jesus, the gift of Jesus, allows us to approach God confidently because we have been sanctified and saved.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me have the confidence to approach Your throne and seek Your presence.

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5/30/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:10-11 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God has a purpose for your life. He has had a plan for your existence long before you were given the opportunity to walk upon this earth. Your purpose fits into a greater plan, a plan that involves all of those that are willing to call upon His name, all of those that are willing to put Him first in their lives. Many people call themselves Christians, but the real Christians seek to do the will of God. Real Christians want to walk along the path that He has chosen. The intent of God is to utilize all those who are willing to bring salvation into this world in a powerful way. The question that remains is this: Will you allow God to use you to bring salvation into this world?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, use me to spread Your gospel. Use me any way in any way You so choose.

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5/29/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:8 Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

When all the evidence is collected, when every letter is considered, when his heart is examined, the apostle Paul is surely found to be a great man. But within this greatness, Paul exerted a humility that is to be envied by all mankind. This great man considered himself the least of all God’s people. Is this the attitude we see within our preachers today? Do they stand before us with humility and grace? Could they make such a proclamation and have the visual evidence as proof? We are all called to be sharers of the Word of God, spreaders of the gospel; and as we perform this task, it is imperative that our audience know we, too, are sinners in need of a Savior. Otherwise, we aren’t doing any good for anyone.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my life and faith be seen and understood without a single word flowing from my mouth.

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5/28/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

Do you serve God? Most would say something like, “Well, yes, of course I do.” That answer reveals a flawed attitude, a flawed Christianity. If we begin answering such a question with the word well, we have answered the question without even speaking another word. Our hesitancy reveals the truth. Even the words, of course, can be construed as our attempt to prove that we do something, when in reality it is questionable. Serving God is a gift. It is a privilege that we have been given by the Grace of God. To share His gospel with others is an honor given to us by God. God trusts us with His most important task, the sharing of the Word within this world. Are you a positive reflection of His trust?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me demonstrate to You how much I love You , how much I trust You, and how grateful I am to be entrusted with the sharing of the gospel.

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5/27/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

As Christians, we should follow in the footsteps of Paul, in regards to the sharing of the message. Paul went to all that would listen. He did not pick and choose select people. He did not classify those who were worthy verses those who were lowly and undeserving. Paul took the message to all people, without qualms or concerns. He understood that the gospel message was for ALL mankind. He believed that it was for everyone. Do you feel the same way? Are you one of those people who coddle certain people? Do you believe people with wealth, stature, or influence are more important than others? If this is the case, if this is your attitude, a time of repentance seems to be necessary.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that I need to share Your gospel with all people, everywhere.

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5/26/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–

A prisoner of Christ for the sake of the Gentiles? Seriously? How can Paul make such a claim? Why would Paul make such a claim? Paul made the claim because it’s true. Paul was the chosen vessel through which God shared the good news of His glorious salvation with the Gentiles. Paul was a prisoner of and for the gospel, both literally and figuratively. He was, literally, imprisoned for his willingness to share the gospel. In the figurative sense, he was a willing prisoner to the gospel because he had chosen to follow the path of God for his life. What a different world this would be if more Christians felt the same way.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how to become a prisoner to Your gospel.

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5/24/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

When we consider this verse, we must come to understand its importance. When we are baptized, we receive a wonderful gift from God. When we are baptized, we receive the indwelling Spirit of God. As it descended upon Jesus at the moment of His baptism, so it does at the moment of ours. By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, through the washing away of our sin, because of our decision to become His children, we open up our hearts to the indwelling presence of God, the Spirit of God. We are being built as a dwelling place for God. This ideology comes with great responsibility. It comes with great opportunities. If the Spirit of God lives within us, it must then become evident through the manner in which we present our lives to this world. Does your life reflect the indwelling presence of God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help Your presence within my life become known within this world.

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5/23/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 2:19-20 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

What holds your life together? What keeps you on track? What guides you in the right direction? Many answers can be provided to these questions, but they all fall short of the correct answer. The answer to all three of these questions, as well as all that are similar in nature, is Jesus. If we want to experience life as God intended, we must allow Jesus to be our cornerstone. When placed properly, the cornerstone possesses powerfully focused strength. When Jesus is properly placed within our lives, He does the same. He provides us with all that we need to navigate this through the wonderful lives He allows us to live. What holds your life together? What keeps you on track? What guides you in the right direction? Please, let it be Jesus.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, lead me, guide me and keep me on track. For without You, I am surely lost.

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5/22/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,

Everyone knows what it feels like not to be included. Everyone knows what it feels like to be picked and/or considered last, even those that find their place within the popular crowd. At one point, the Ephesians were in this position. At one point, the Ephesians were considered to be worthless, idol worshipping, filth. Then came a gift from God, the apostle Paul. Paul was God’s messenger to the Gentiles. He was the avenue that God utilized to reach those that others felt were undeserving, those that others treated as if they were less than human. Sound familiar? While those within this world, those who feel as if they are more important, at times, reject us, we can find joy in the fact that God will never leave nor forsake us. God will be present in our lives even when we don’t seem to want Him. He will continue to love us even when we seem to hold no love for Him. Once we transfer our lives over to God. We are then fellow citizens within His kingdom, we are then His children.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, You are so gracious to allow me to become part of Your family. Please help me to always cherish this gift, to always be grateful for this opportunity.

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5/21/14 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

Who would reject the entrance of peace within their lives? Everyone wants to experience peace. Everybody wants to feel at peace. In our pursuit for peace, we walk down many avenues. In our desire for peace, we travel in many different directions, but we always seem to end up in the same non-peaceful position. The reason for this back and forth journey is simple; we are looking for peace in the wrong place. True peace, real peace, peace that surpasses all understanding, comes from only one place, and that is Jesus. Jesus can cover our lives with peace if we allow Him controlling interest of our hearts. Jesus can fill us with peace, but only if we are willing to trust Him in all areas of our lives.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, fill my life with the peace of Your presence.

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