We need to see ourselves according to the word of God and not judge ourselves by any words spoken to or about us by man. Our situation in life does not define who we are, but who we are will define how we handle any situation in life. Without wearing the whole armor of God daily, a Christian is leaving himself open for suggestion, oppression, and condemnation from the enemy and the pressures of this world.
Ephesians 6:20 & 24, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
I have learned a great deal from the life of Paul in addition to his teachings. Here we see a man that is under Roman guard and in chains and yet he does not see himself as a prisoner of man. Paul’s claim is that of an ambassador for Christ. Bottom line, we need to see who we are according to the word of God and not judge ourselves by the words spoken to or about us, nor give any regard to the situation in life we may find ourselves in. We are children of the Most High God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus, Him being the first born of many brethren. In the fullness of this understanding is our strength, and yet even in that strength we need the prayers of fellow saints. Paul has asked for this very prayer, that he may speak boldly as he ought to speak. The word is clear in Matthew 10:32 & Luke 12:8 that if we confess Jesus before man, He will confess us before God. What an awesome honor for our Lord and Savior to confess us before God. Paul recognizes the weakness of the flesh and in doing so finds strength in the knowledge of fellow believers interceding on his behalf.
24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. This verse is the summation of the entire chapter of Ephesians, and the one thing Christians have the most difficulty understanding; God’s grace. As precious a gift as this is, Christians as a whole do not know how to fully open it up, much less receive it. After all we start out life as a child learning cause and effect, praise vs. condemnation. We do well in school, we make a good grade. We fail in a class we have to start over. We break a rule we get a spanking or some other consequences. We work hard at our jobs we get a raise, goof off and get fired. Now all of a sudden we hear the gospel and are to receive the most precious gift ever, and all we have to do is believe and confess. Where is my sticker chart and what are the consequences for each little mistake I make? What do I have to do to pay for this free gift? Silly questions yet they are at the base of every lie and deceitful word spoken by Satan. I encourage every believer to re study this book throughout their walk with the Lord. Find out who you are in Christ Jesus and find out who God really is and the true love He has for us.
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