Devotionals by Jason Pankau

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Ephesians – God’s Temple

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Read Ephesians 2:19-22

We are carefully joined together in [Christ Jesus], becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Ephesians 2:21 (NLT)

It’s not about a building any more, it’s about a people. We are God’s temple. God will bear testimony to the world through how his Church lives with one another and then lives with the world, how we are being transformed by the Spirit into people who think and act very differently than those around them. So, what does your transformational journey look like these days? Listen to Jason’s observations on the transformational power of Christ.

Ephesians – Unity

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Read Ephesians 2:11-18

Together as one body, Christ reconciled both [Jews and Gentiles] to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. Ephesians 2:16 (NLT)

Even today in the Church there is hostility between people of different denominations, even different churches. While the importance of doctrine cannot be denied, doctrinal differences should never keep us from recognizing God’s work in others, and praying for them rather than denouncing them.

Ephesians – The Gift of Faith

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Read Ephesians 2:8-10

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)

Faith is a gift of God’s grace. It is not due to anything I have done or can do. This is not something we just pay lip service to, and then go on our merry way being good in our own strength. Rather, we must always remain in awe of the fact that when we were helpless and guilty, God alone made us right with him again.

Ephesians – I used to be…but now…

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Read Ephesians 2:1-7

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)

Each of us was dead (absolutely, completely, for sure dead) in our sins; we deny or excuse that to our peril. But God loved us so much that he not only forgave us through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, but also gave us new life in Christ, so that the life we now live is to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians – God’s Power in Us

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Read Ephesians 1:19-23

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. Ephesians 1:19 (NLT)

Where are you seeing God’s power at work in your life? Until we are willing to live under the authority of God, and abide in Him, and surrender and submit to Him, we won’t know the power of God. Listen as Jason expands on what this can mean in our daily lives.

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.