Today the Good Morning Girls complete their study in the book of Ephesians! That means tomorrow we go on break until our spring study begins. More details and resources for this study will be posted on the blog in March!
Now let’s complete our study in Ephesians with this review…
Here’s 4 Lessons From the book of Ephesians
Ephesians 2:10 says:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The Greek word for workmanship is poiema. This is where we get the English word poem.
We are God’s poem!
We are his work of art!
We are not like a statue or sculpture but more like a song – it’s active.
We are not saved by our works but once we are saved – we are meant to work. Ephesians 3:20 says we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works! We are meant to get to work serving.
And you might ask – well what work should I be doing?
Paul says here – the good works you are to do, God prepared beforehand that you should do.
God has a call on your life that is specific.
You have been uniquely wired and placed uniquely in your family, community, school, job and church by God.
Are you living your life on purpose?
God designed you to do— what he designed you to do.
So do it!
Live your life on purpose.
Ephesians 3:20 says:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us
Let’s break Ephesians 3:20 down:
1.) Able – The word “able” here is in present tense. God is continually able!
2.) To Do – The word “do” is an action word but it is not completed yet. God is able to accomplish or do something in the future.
3.) Far More Abundantly – This triple emphasis of the words “far more abundantly” intensifies the abundance that is possible through God. God’s ability exceeds any number, measure or degree that we can humanly expect. What God can do is not ordinary – it’s extraordinary and in excess compared to what I can do on my own.
4.) Than All I Can Ask – We do not need to be afraid to pray and ask God for our deepest needs. He is able to answer far beyond what we have even asked for. So keep praying!
5.) Or Think – God can do far beyond what we can imagine or understand with our human mind. God can exceed our expectations.
6.) According to the Power – The word “power” here means the capacity of a great force. God is powerful! He controls the universe. His capacity and ability to work in our lives is beyond what we can comprehend.
7.) At Work – The word “work” here means to be effective in causing something to happen. God’s power is at work in our lives now.
8.) Within Us – Where is God’s power at work? Within us! We do not have to wait for heaven to experience this. This power is at work in our lives now.
Our God is able! So keep believing and trusting in Him.
Paul says in Ephesians 5:15-17:
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the BEST use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
God cares about how we spend our time.
We are to make the BEST use of our time!
But how do we know what the best use of our time is? Verse 17 says, by understanding God’s will.
Time management for a Christian begins with our time spent with God…why? Because how will we know how to spend our time – what we should commit to and what we should say no to, if we are not in communion with God? We need to understand his will and that comes through the reading of his word and prayer.
4.) There is a spiritual battle that cannot be avoided that all believers are in.
Ephesians 6:11 says,
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Paul spent 5 chapters in Ephesians talking about all Jesus did for us on the cross and the way a believer is to conduct themselves. And so, in light of all of this, there is a call to be strong in the Lord and take a stand against the devil and his schemes.
There is a spiritual battle that cannot be avoided that all believers are in.
Paul calls for prayer because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against evil and we cannot fight this battle and have victory without the armor of the Lord.
Though it is easy to focus on just what we see with our eyes, we must not ignore the fact that we are all in a spiritual battle with forces we cannot see.
God has given us his armor and it is sufficient to battle the enemy.
Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God.
This is a verb. This is something we have to do. We have to put on the WHOLE armor of God.
Are you battle weary?
Paul closes this passage reminding us to pray at all times.
Pray alone, pray in groups, pray in the car, pray before dinner, pray in the shower, pray out loud, pray silently, pray standing up and pray kneeling down. Keep on praying for yourself and for other believers who are in the battle with you.
Paul closes the book of Ephesians the same way he began, with a focus on grace and peace.
Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
This is a blessing spoken over all those who love God with an undying and sincere love.
Though we might be in the midst of a spiritual battle, Paul reminds believers that God’s grace and peace is with us.
May you continue to experience God’s grace and peace.
Keep believing and keep walking with the King,
What have you learned during your time in Ephesians?
If you are looking to do a Bible Study
during our break, here’s a few I recommend:
Ecclesiastes – Wisdom for Living Well
A 6-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
With over 950 5-Star Reviews on Amazon – this is my most popular Bible Study! It is a verse-by-verse in-depth study of the book of Ecclesiastes. You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —-> HERE.
Ruth – God’s Amazing Love for You
A 5-Week In-depth Bible Study with a Free Video Series
With over 1,000 5-Star Review, this is my second most popular study. It is a verse-by verse, in-depth study of the book of Ruth.
You can find all of the free resources for this study along with the video series —> HERE.
Rest and Release
A 4-Week Bible Study with a Free Video Series
You can find all of its resources and the free video seres —–> HERE.
Other books of the Bible
You can find all of the books of the Bible we have already studied together and the free resources to go along with those studies on this page —–> HERE.
I encourage you to pick a book of the Bible and study it on your own and I’ll be back in the spring to study with you again!
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