Day 49 – A Prayer

Verse for today – “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man (Eph. 3:14-16).” Today Paul returns…

Day 48 – Do Not Lose Heart

Verse for today – “Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory (Eph. 3:13).” Have you ever been discouraged because of someone else’s suffering? It is hard to see someone suffer! How much more difficult it must be when that man or woman’s problems…

Day 47 – Access to the Father

Verse for today – “This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him (Eph. 3:11-12).” All the things we have been pondering in recent days (the mystery of Christ, hope for the Gentiles, unity in…

Day 45 – Called to Preach

Verse for today – “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things (Eph. 3:8-9).” So exactly what…

Day 44 – God’s Plans

Verse for today – “[the gospel], of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power (Eph. 3:7).” At first Paul was NOT a minister of the gospel. He was Jewish. He was a Pharisee (these were men who…

Day 43 – Mystery Revealed

Verse for today – “By referring to this when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles…

Day 42 – God’s Assignment

Verse for today – “if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief (Eph. 3:2-3).” Sometimes God gives special assignments! Remember Abraham? God chose him to be the father…

Day 40 – Review

We just completed the first two chapters of the book of Ephesians. How are you doing? Is God’s Word making sense? Please take time to pray and ask God to speak to you and lead you to a deeper understanding of HIM! To review, Paul was chosen and sent by God and, in this book,…

Day 39 – God’s Building

Verse for today – “…Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit (Eph. 2:20-22).” If you have thought very much about building construction,…

Day 38 – No Longer Strangers

Verse for today – “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone (Eph. 2:19-20).” Several years ago, my wife, Kathy, and I traveled…

Day 37 – Peace with God

Verse for today – “And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father (Eph. 2:17-18).” Dear Reader, God is the greatest Being in the Universe. There is no one more vital…

Day 36 – Made Into ONE!

Verse for today – “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus…

Day 35 – Brought Near!

Verse for today – “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).” Have you ever felt far from God? Do your prayers bounce back from the ceiling and echo in your mind as unheard and unanswered? Do you need hope in…

Day 34 – Not Excluded!

Verse for today – “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no…

Day 33 – HIS Workmanship

Verse for today – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10).” When I was young, I was fascinated with tadpoles. One day, out on the farm, I noticed some tadpoles swimming in a muddy hole near the…

Day 32 – The Greatest Gift

Verse for today – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:8-9).” Earlier in Ephesians 2 we read that, “God… made us alive together with Christ,” and we called…

Day 31 – Amazed at God’s Grace

Verse for today – “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).” Where do you picture yourself in 10,000 years? Are you dead and gone; annihilated into oblivion as some would have us believe? Or are you alive,…

Day 30 – Salvation

Verse for today – “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places…

Day 29 – Deserving God’s Wrath

Verse for today – “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Eph. 2:3).” Mankind faces a fundamental question; who will decide right from wrong? Is there really any…

Day 28 – Enticed to Sin

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:1-2).” The spiritual realm is difficult for…

Day 27 – Sin Lived Out

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world… (Eph. 2:1-2).” Please begin by noting that these verses are written in the past tense. Paul is writing to people who already belong to Christ and he is trying to…

Day 26 – A World Filled with Sin

Verse for today – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1).” I am sure you would agree that our world is broken. This verse begins to describe the condition of every human being before he/she chooses Christ and is changed by Him! Here, the word “dead” refers to being spiritually dead…

Day 25 – Who is in Charge?

Verse for today – “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Eph. 1:22-23).” According to this verse, and others, Jesus Christ is in charge of all things. So…

Day 23 – God’s Power

Verse for today – “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ when He raised Him from the dead… (Eph. 1:19-20).” About 22 years ago I was working at Herb Gordon…

Day 22 – A Shared Inheritance

Verse for today – “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18).” I am certain I do not understand everything God is communicating in this…

Day 18 – A Praying Friend

Verse for today – “For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers (Ephesians 1:15-16).” Paul seems like a pretty good friend. After a…

Day 12 – A Note About God’s Word!

Before we continue our study in the book of Ephesians, please allow me a side note. If you have read the Bible for long, you know that some parts of it are difficult to understand. Even the apostle Peter made this same observation about some of Paul’s writings (see 2 Peter 3:15-16). This, however, does…

Day 10 – Blessing # 6 – Forgiven!

Verse for today – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:7-8).” When I was in my early teenage years, I stole a $20.00 item from a local hardware store. It…

Day 9 – Blessing # 5 – Redeemed!

Verse for today – “In Him we have redemption through His blood… (Ephesians 1:7).” The word redemption means to free from captivity by payment of a ransom. Christian, do you know that God redeemed you? Do you know that He loves you so much He paid the price to buy you back for Himself? Think…

Day 7 – Blessing # 3 – Adopted!

Verse for today – “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will (Ephesians 1:5).” Blessing number 3, only for those who are in Christ, is that He determined long ago to adopt them as His very own sons and daughters. The word predestined…

Day 5 – Blessing # 1 – Chosen!

Verse for today – “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4).” Did you know that the world, the galaxies, and the universe are not a large science experiment? Did you know that you are not an afterthought? The only reason God made this universe is because He…

Day 4 – Great Benefits!

Verse for today – “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).” We have physical eyes. We live in a physical world. Every day our eyes see this world’s attractions. We see the sky, the earth,…

Day 3 – A Greeting with a Message

Verse for today – “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:2).” This is how Paul begins almost every letter he writes to the churches. Peter and John sometimes send the same greeting when they write. It is a consistent message, and a very encouraging message God…

Day 2 – The Audience

Verse for today – “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:1).” In the second half of verse 1 Paul identifies his audience. Paul describes them as the saints who are at Ephesus. There is a…