Devotionals by Jason Pankau

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Ephesians – Prayer as Armor

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Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

Prayer is part of our protection from the evil one. Praying for one another at all times, whether we know what the other person needs at that moment or not (for the Spirit knows), not only supports our Christian brothers and sisters, but keeps us mindful of the fact that we are continually dependent upon God.

Ephesians – Children and Parents

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Read Ephesians 6:1-4

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

Children should obey their parents, but fathers, who have more power in this relationship, are cautioned to guide and discipline their children in a way that is respectful, leading by example rather than mere command. Listen as Jason examines this in depth.

Ephesians – Wives and Husbands

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Read Ephesians 5:22-33

So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33 (NLT)

If we were to make one shift in the church that would have a great impact on society, it would be to reorder our marital relationships to align with God’s model of authority between Christ and the Church. The call of God on Christian husbands is to be spiritual leaders in their families. When we are not functioning properly, the chaos that ensues is terrible. The good news is that by the power of God’s grace, and through other people, God can bring his truth into our lives, and bring us alive in his Spirit.

Ephesians – Submission

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Read Ephesians 5:18b-21

And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 (NLT)

In this Christmas season, the music is special, and it’s special on purpose, to encourage us to remember the miracle of God becoming man in the Christ child. For this we should give thanks to God continually. Finally, it is important to submit our lives to God. As we do this, we are further enabled to submit to God in one another. Pastors, worship leaders, Scripture readings can all be used by God to guide, direct and encourage us in our Christian walk as we submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians – Wise, Not Foolish

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Read Ephesians 5:15-20

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Ephesians 5:15 (NLT)

We are always faced with the choice—do we live wisely or foolishly? Here Paul is encouraging us to live intentionally, rather than drifting info foolishness. And we only can do this by remaining connected to God and other Christians. Listen as Jason gives examples of what this looks like in today’s world and church.

Ephesians – Wise, Not Foolish

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Read Ephesians 5:15-20

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Ephesians 5:15 (NLT)

We are always faced with the choice—do we live wisely or foolishly? Here Paul is encouraging us to live intentionally, rather than drifting info foolishness. And we only can do this by remaining connected to God and other Christians. Listen as Jason gives examples of what this looks like in today’s world and church.

Ephesians – Restoration

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Read Ephesians 5:10-14

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)

We are called to expose evil; the difficult thing is to do it in a righteous and restorative way, rather than a judgmental, shaming way. Listen as Jason walks us through this process, so that we are equipped both to restore others and to accept such restoration from others.

Ephesians – People of Light

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Read Ephesians 5:6-9

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! – Ephesians 5:8 (NLT)

As we are changing from being in darkness to being in the Light, and having light within us as well, there will be those who try to bring us back to darkness, just as Satan in the garden told Adam and Eve “you will not surely die, you will become wise like God.” But as we instead focus on God’s Light. we are enabled to do what is good and right and true.

Ephesians – God or This World?

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Read Ephesians 5:3-5

You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God–Ephesians 5:5a (NLT)

This passage is not talking about temptation, but about our response to temptation. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to enable us resist temptation, or are we looking for and giving in to temptation? Listen as Jason encourages us to walk in the Spirit and keep recurring sins from dominating our lives.

Ephesians – Parented by God

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Read Ephesians 5:1-2

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ–Ephesians 5:2a (NLT)

We reproduce who we are in our children. Here the Apostle Paul urges us to recognize and allow God the Father to parent us, following the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, so that God can reproduce the character of Christ in our lives. So the question this week is “How closely are you aligning your thoughts and actions, through prayer, Bible study, fellowship with other Christians and sacrificial service to others, to the thoughts and actions that Jesus modeled for us in his life here on earth?”