Daily Bible Study
Ephesians 6:10,11: "Finally, mu brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." 'Be strong' may be translated "be made strong." The passive voice would suggest that we cannot do it ourselves. 'The whole armor of God' is the believer's protection against evil and the Evil One. 'Wiles of the devil' are Satan's subtle tricks to defeat Christians in spiritual warfare. We know there are evil principalities we fight against - be strong this weekend brothers and sisters and enjoy your family, that is truly our life's gift.
NO OTHER NAME - " My Name is the Power that turns evil aside, that summons all good to your aid. Spirits of evil flee at the sound of "Jesus." Spoken in fear, in weakness, in sorrow, in pain, it is an appeal I never fail to answer. "Jesus." Use My Name often. Think of the unending call of "Mother" made by her children. To help, to care, to decide, to appeal, "Mother." Use My Name in that same way - simply, naturally, forcefully. "Jesus." Use it not only when you need help but to express Love. Uttered aloud, or in the silence of your hearts, it will alter an atmosphere from one of discord to one of Love. It will raise the standard of talk and thought. "Jesus." 'There is none other Name under Heaven whereby you can be saved.'"
Ephesians 6: 5,6: "Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart." A very large percentage of the population of the Roman Empire was made up of bondservants or slaves. Servants and employees should serve faithfully even when no one is looking. After all, God sees all that we do.
GOD OR MAMMON? "You must be ready to stand apart from the world. Do you want the full and complete satisfaction that you find in Me, and the satisfaction of the world too? Then you are trying to serve God and Mammon, or if not trying to serve, then claiming the wages of both God and Mammon. If you work for Me, you have your reward. But then you turn to the world, to human beings, and expect that reward too. This is not right. Do not expect love or gratitude or acknowledgement from any. All reward necessary I will give you."
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.