Keys To Living Longer

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

Honor is the act of respect, and appreciation.  There are many who believe that this scripture only applies to those that have not yet reached adulthood.  However; this is a scripture that truly measures our adulthood.  God gives this command and feels so strongly about the obedience to it that he places a significant promise along with it.

  • Note the Precept – Honor the authority God has placed in our lives.  Outside of God himself, our parents are and will remain authoritative figures in our lives.  Those that cannot honor their parents will not be able to honor the Lord.
  • Note the Peace – God want us to be able to say “it is well”. Those that struggle to honor the authority within their lives will be the ones that struggle with the peace of God in their lives.
  • Note the Promise – Those that obey this commandment will have a long life on earth.  That is a commandment worth keeping.

Today’s Challenge:  Remember to honor those that God has given authority over you!

The Dangers Of Disobedience

Ephesians 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

We live in world where people want to be told what they “want” to hear rather than being told what they need to hear.  The Bible says that we should avoid being deceived with vain words, or rather, “empty words”.  We cannot be a generation of ear ticklers and crowd pleasers. I think this verse highlights the fact that God is very displeased with disobedience.  Those that live a life of complete disobedience toward the Lord and His Word should expect His divine wrath.  God’s wrath is something that we must never take too lightly.  We have to overcome the fear of rejection, and realize that people are in complete need for truth.  My heart breaks because we are wasting moments, and messages trying to make sinners feel better about their sin, when God says that His wrath is kindled toward those that live out lives of complete disobedience.

  • To Those That Are Believers – Quit trying to be a crowd pleaser, and start speaking truth to those that need to hear it.  Truth can be presented graciously and tenderly, but we need not avoid allowing people to hear just what they want to hear.
  • To Those That Are Non-Believers – If you don’t obey the call of God in your life then God’s wrath is what is to come for you.  A life of disobedience will result in the experience of God’s wrath.

Today’s Challenge:  Please make sure we solidify our words with something that people need to hear.  May our conversations be more than just hollow, empty, vain words.

Be Angry And Sin Not

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.”

I had to ask the Lord if this was really possible.  If we were all honest, we would come to the conclusion that the majority of our anger is because of sin.  The reason the majority of our anger is sinful is because we become angry out of selfishness.  The Lord desires that we remain under control.  God is not looking for self control, but he is looking for sovereign control.  We must desire to remain under the control of the Lord.  The basic rule is that we steer clear of sin when we become angry.  Honestly, the majority of our anger usually ends in repentance.  Then we see a principle about anger.  Even in anger we must be sure not to go to bed with it.  How many times have we to bed with anger in our hearts?  God specifically says to make sure we not allow the sun to go down on our wrath.  When we go to sleep angry it gives room for the devil to do a work in our lives.  We must realize that anger is a tool of the devil.  God can only use the anger that is not tainted with sin.  The devil will use all anger in our hearts to cause severe devastation and destruction in our lives.

Today’s Challenge:  Assess your anger.  Determine if it is tainted with sin or if you have lived in it for an extended period of time.  If so, then please repent and seek reconciliation.

God’s Ability

Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

It is so important that we never over look or underestimate the power of God.  I think it is important that we realize God is able to some great and mighty things with our lives.  We get so caught up operating within our own strength that we forget about the ability of God’s power.

  • God is Able – Nothing handicaps God.  The question of “can God…?” should always be answered by “Yes God Can!”
  • God’s Ability Reaches Further than our Imagination – The fact that this verse says that God can “do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” absolutely blows my mind.  This basically means that our vast imaginations of great things actually places limits on God’s ability.  Think about it like this – If you can imagine it, then God can actually do it bigger and better!  WOW!!!
  • God Desires to Do Work Through Us – Notice where God wants to demonstrate and display His greatness.  God desires to demonstrate this ability through our lives.  A life that is submissive and surrendered to the work of God can only see these kinds of things happen.  God can do exceeding abundantly above all only on the grounds that we allow Him to do it.

Today’s Challenge:  Don’t limit God’s ability in our lives.  It is good to have dreams and set goals, but it is also important to remember that God can far exceed those things we dream about happening.

We Are His Masterpiece

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

This is one of those verses that is exciting but at the same time humbling.  In order to understand this verse we need to gain an understanding of the word “workmanship”.  The word simply means “masterpiece”.  Now let that soak in real good… We are God’s Masterpiece!  That just absolutely blows my mind.  The reason it is so mind blowing is because I know me well enough to know that I could not be anyone’s masterpiece.  If God called me His “Mess” then that would be understandable.  We must understand that we are a work of God that has been created to serve God.  We are truly saved, so that we can serve.  I think we often forget the Psalmist’s words when he said “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”  There are three things we must embrace pertaining to being God’s Masterpiece:

  • We Have A Special Design:  We are designed in such a way that as individuals we can bring God glory.  God did not make a mistake when He made you!
  • We Have A Specific Destiny:  God not only designed us special, but He has a special plan for each of us.  God designed used in order to fulfill a specific destiny.
  • We Have A Sovereign Duty:  We are created to serve.  We are “created in Christ Jesus unto good works…”

Today’s Challenge:  Don’t quit because of what you are not, serve because of the way you have been made.

The Spirit of Wisdom

Ephesians 1:16-17 “Cease not to give thanks for you making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”

 

Two of the most important things Christians need today lies within confines of this text.  Paul prayed that the Church at Ephesus operate with two vital attributes:

  1. The Spirit of Wisdom
  2. The Knowledge of God

 

Those that follow Christ are in constant pursuit of the “spirit of wisdom” and the “knowledge of God”.   This also narrows down the ones that are truly following the Lord.  I am very afraid that we live a world that truly has very little knowledge of God.  The more I learn about God the more I tremble in His presence.  The key to gaining wisdom is to consume ourselves in God’s Word.  Some would say that wisdom comes with experience.  I would have to say that much wisdom comes from experience, but also wisdom comes through knowledge.  The more God reveals about Himself to us the wiser we become.  The depths of God’s character are endless.  I pray that the presence and the pursuit of God drive us to our knees requesting the spirit of wisdom.  I can’t help but think of the old hymn “I want to know more about my Lord.” We must ask God to reveal himself to us.

 

Today’s Challenge:  Ask God to reveal something about himself that you never knew before.  Pursue the spirit of wisdom and the knowledge of God.