Monday, August 17, 2020

The Kitchen Table   Ephesians Day 27

“give no opportunity to the devil”  Eph 4:26

Our enemy walks and works through what is false.  Jesus said that the devil was a liar.  He can’t live in the truth and he can’t survive in the truth.  The truth ends his reign of trouble and terror over people’s lives.  But he can’t achieve his ambitions with our agreement.  We give the devil an opportunity in our lives when we play with deception.  Want to triumph?  Love and live in the truth.

August 14, 2020

The Kitchen Table   Ephesians Day 26

Now, this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. Ephesians 4:17 The only life worth talking about is the life of love.  The life of anger, resentment, jealousy, impurity and offense is death.  Who really wants to talk about death?  Well, when that’s all we’ve got without Jesus it’s just a matter of a bigger badder story.  All those things just lead to greater impoverishment of the soul.  Only love frees the spirit and the mind to live life and bring life to the life we live.

August 13, 2020

The Kitchen Table   Ephesians Day 25

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into who is the head, into Christ. 

Eph 4:15

The key to growing up in Christ is to speak the truth and to serve in love.  Speak the truth in love.  In fact, in order to operate in the gifts and government of the Holy Spirit we must let truth and love forge our character.  In order for the church to grow up in Christ there must be unity and maturity around truth and love.  Every relationship a Christian enjoys will be sown together with truth and love.  Speak the truth and serve in love.

August 12, 2020

The Kitchen Table   Ephesians Day 24

until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ Ephesians 4:13

Unity and Maturity are the goals for God for His church.  Unity in the faith and knowledge of Christ and maturity in the mind and muscle of Christ.  It’s not something that just happens individually but corporately as a church, the family of believers, in a certain place.  God has plans for His “church”.  Those plans are to reveal the full picture of Christ in a community through the unity and maturity of the church in that community.  God is working on far more than just you; He is working on and in “us” as His people, painting His picture of Jesus right where they live.  If your view is of just you, ask God to open the shades and give you a view of us.

August 11, 2020

The Kitchen Table  Ephesians Day 23

He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

Ephesians 4:10

Jesus went to hell and through hell so that we wouldn’t have to end up in hell.  And having defeated the authorities of hell, He gifted the church to rule over hell.  But there’s a need for us to see and submit to the giftings God has given the church so that we can operate with the heart of God in harmony with God.  Jesus said that if two agree on anything it would be done for them (Matthew 18:19-20)  Jesus did what He did so that He could do what He does through the church.  Don’t just go to church, be the church and live in the fullness of God.

Ephesians Day 22

The Kitchen Table  Ephesians Day 22

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Eph 4:7

Live as a prisoner of Christ and walk in the power of Christ’s love.  Paul writes, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…” Ephesians 4:1  Live as a prisoner of God’s passion, power and purpose.  God has not prisoners of force, only prisoners of faith.  These are those who are taken captive by God’s great passion, power and plans for us and these are those who walk in God’s great power, perspective and passion in life.  Grace is given to those who are given to God.  It is the underserved and unreserved love of God working in us and for us as prisoners of Christ.