Ephesians – Prayer

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Read Ephesians 1:15-18

I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly – Ephesians 1:16 (NLT)

Life is a daily struggle against sin, death, and the devil. Therefore Paul highlights the importance of prayer. Prayer can fill our souls with God’s light, so that it spills out into the lives of all those around us, whether other Christians who need God’s strength, or unbelievers who need God’s forgiveness.

Ephesians – God’s Purpose

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Read Ephesians 1:12-14

And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. Ephesians 1:13b (NLT)

God’s purpose is that we will praise and glorify Him. The devil is constantly trying to get us to doubt our salvation, but there are markers of people who are living by grace through faith. As we see God using our lives to bear testimony to His name, we can know that our lives are bringing praise to Him.

Ephesians – God’s Plan

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Read Ephesians 1:9-11

And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Ephesians 1:10 (NLT)

We can never know all of God’s intention, but we can know the end result of his plan—that eventually everything will be brought under the authority of Christ. And we can also know that God wills us to be part of this plan, to share in Christ’s reign, and to share his love and forgiveness with others.

Ephesians – Chosen

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Read Ephesians 1:3-8

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

Every single day I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ. I am God’s precious chosen creation. And even though I have strayed from God’s holy way, He has redeemed me by the blood of Christ to live to the glory of God.

He is Risen – Presence

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Read Matthew 28:16-20

[Jesus said] “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (NLT)

When we are walking in faith with God, we still often wonder “What comes next?” Jesus usually doesn’t answer this, especially not immediately, but his promise here still holds—“I am with you always.” Periodically, look back and see how God has provided, how he has been with you in every situation. Then continue in his will, knowing that wherever you are, whatever you are facing, Jesus will never leave you or forsake you.

He is Risen – Pentecost 2

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Read Acts 2:22-40

Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. Acts 2:33 (NLT)

We need Pentecost moments like this every day. We need a new sweep of the Holy Spirit to refresh His church, to move through us and to explain to everyone that we need God, and that that’s exactly why He came. Our lives can be so rich and so marvelously filled with His love, that we don’t have be alone, or afraid, or submit to Satan’s temptations. Let us pray that God would continue to make us willing to listen to Him, and to obey.

He is Risen – Pentecost

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Read Acts 2:1-8

They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!” Acts 2:7-8 (NLT)

The miracle of Pentecost – Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come, and he comes. The Holy Spirit enables people from all nations to hear from God what they need – who they are, who Jesus is, how they need him, and what he did for them – they need to hear the gospel. And it starts with the disciples resting, waiting on God. That enables God to use them mightily to draw many people to repentance.

He is Risen – Remembrance

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Read John 21:15-19

Then Jesus told [Peter], “Follow me.” John 21:19b (NLT)

In this passage, Jesus calls Peter to remember what Jesus has commissioned Peter to do. In the same way the Holy Spirit calls each of us to remember what we have been created and commissioned to do for the Kingdom. Listen as Jason encourages us to stay about the work of the Lord, so God can use us to bless many people.

He is Risen – Penitence

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Read Luke 24:44-53

There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent. – Luke 24:47b

When we humble ourselves before God, confess our sins and repent (enabled by the Holy Spirit), then we can be forgiven. Only after being forgiven are we ready to be used by God to share the good news of his forgiveness with other. Listen as Jason prepares us for Ascension Day.

He is Risen – Proof

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Read John 20:24-29

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” – John 20:29 (NLT)

Thomas wanted what a lot of us want—proof. So Jesus provided it, knowing that Thomas would respond with worship and obedience. And God will do the same for us, providing the proof, the assurance we need so that we can be at peace. Listen as Jason elaborates on the fact that “God’s got you.”