Daily Bible Study
CLAIM YOUR RIGHTS - " 'In every thing by power and supplication let your requests be made known unto God.' But do not beg. Rather come just as a business manager bringing to the owner the needs, checks to be signed, etc., and knowing that to lay the matter before him means immediate supply. I long to supply, but the asking - or the faith-assurance from you, is necessary, because to you that contact with Me is vital." Well, in Mississippi the sun has taken about a month vacation. Looks like we might actually get to see it on Sunday!! Have a great weekend friends.
We continue with Peter in Ephesus in Ephesians 5:1,2: "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Believers are to follow the example of God's actions. He loved us when we were still His enemies. As "imitators", believers should demonstrate that type of self-sacrificial love.
PSYCHIC POWERS - "Psychic powers are not necessarily Spiritual Powers. Do not seek the spiritual through material means. Could you but see, it is weighing beautiful spirit-wings down with Earth's mud. Seek this time as a time of communion with Me - not as a time to ask questions, and have them answered. And meet Me in Communion. It is soul-food that I have provided. Do not expect a perfect Church, but find in a church the means of coming very near to Me. That alone matters, then the much, that is husk, falls away. Hold it of no account. Grasp the truth and find Me-the true Bread of Life. The lesson of the grain is the lesson of My Church and Me. The real life is all that matters, the outward Church is the husk; but the husk was necessary to present the life-grain to man."
Paul is in Ephesus, which was the capitol of the Roman province of Asia (Turkey today). It was also the site of a famous temple for the fertility goddess Diana that was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesians 5:8-10: "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord." The believer's position has changed from darkness (sin) to light (righteousness). Believers are to change their walk to correspond to their position in Christ.
NEVER RUFFLED - "Even where I never to speak to you, you would be well rewarded for setting apart this time, if you only sat still and longed for Me, if you just drew hungering breaths for Me, as you do for the fresh pure air of the open. Be still, be calm. Wait before Me. Learn of Me, patience, humility, peace. When will you be absolutely unruffled whatever happens? You are slow to learn your lesson. In the rush and work and worry, the very seeking a silence must help. In bustle so little is accomplished. You must learn to take the calm with you in the most hurried days."