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!

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.