Ephesians Lessons

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Today's reading: Ephesians 1-6

Thank you for spending the last few weeks reading through and considering Ephesians with me. This Book is one I turn to often for practical instruction and direction. As I looked back over this packed full letter of instruction and encouragement, I was drawn to Ephesians 5:1-21 and Paul's directives to walk in love, to be careful about walking wisely and to willingly submit ourselves to one another as we live for Christ--three principles I/we need to be actively practicing.

What lesson or message spoke to your heart most prominently from this Book, and why? Identify one thing that God revealed or showed you for the first time or in a fresh way from Ephesians. Tami

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Today's reading: Ephesians 6:21-24

One thing I particularly like about Paul is how he is constant and intentional with his efforts to encourage others. Ephesians 6:21-24 is a good example. Even though Paul is in prison and uncertain of what is going to happen to him, he takes steps to ensure that he is encouraging the Ephesians by sending his friend and helper, Tychicus, with news and to specifically raise the spirits and provide support to this group of new believers.

Would you describe yourself as an encourager? Why or why not? How does encouraging someone else impact and benefit you? Will you join me in making an extra effort to encourage the people you encounter today, this week and beyond? Tami

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Spiritual Armor

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Today's reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

After instructing us to put on the whole armor of God, Paul then describes the components of this armor followed by the charge to pray at all times in the Spirit. As I thought about each of the pieces of this armor, the significance of the Bible was prominent. Paul specifically highlights and singles out God's Word as the sword of the spirit, but the Bible is also foundational to each of the other pieces of our spiritual armor. (Belt--we learn God's truth by taking in His Word. Breastplate--we're guided and empowered to live rightly from what we learn from God's Word. Shoes--It's through God's Word that we are equipped and ready to move forward as we serve. Shield--God's Word helps us develop and maintain faith. Helmet--the message of salvation, and thus our hope, comes through God's Word.)

So taking in God's Word and praying are essential and necessary for suiting up with the whole armor of God.

How intentional are you about engaging God's Word (reading, reflecting on and putting it into practice)? What about praying? Is it your habit to "pray at all times"? Why are these two things essential to us as Christ-followers? Tami

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With God

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Today's reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Paul closes out his teaching to the believers in Ephesus with the instruction to put on the whole armor of God. This is, no doubt, an important and powerful passage for us to understand and put into practice in our daily lives. Paul's words in verses 11 and 13 stood out to me as I read through this scripture.

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (vs. 11).

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm" (vs. 13).

How encouraging to know that as followers of Christ (with God), we have the power to stand firmly against and not be overcome by evil forces and schemes that are prevalent all around us.

How often to you think about the fact that battling against spiritual forces of evil is part of day-to-day living? How does knowing that you have the ability to stand firmly and strongly against the devil encourage you today? Tami

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Yielding

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Today's reading: Ephesians 6:1-9

Paul's final instruction about walking in love in Ephesians 5 is to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ (vs. 21). So it's no surprise that we continue to see that principle of submitting, obeying and yielding when Paul turns his instruction to specific relationships like husband--wife, parent--child, master-slave (employer-employee in modern times). While we may struggle with the idea and practice of submitting to one another, the fact of the matter is that in order for us to have healthy, functioning relationships, yielding and submitting have to be part of the mix.

What's one benefit you've experienced when you've chosen to obey, yield and/or submit to someone (depending on the type of relationship)? How can your willingness to submit or yield to someone else be an example of the Gospel? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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