Faith-Infused Living {{Week 6}}

Friends,

This is our last post for our Ephesians study. It has, sadly, come to an end. But, God’s treasures are ever present. God still has much to teach us, through His Word! The learning never ceases. God continues to pour out His knowledge, truth, and grace onto us, as draw near!

I invite you to open up your Bible and journal. As a way to prepare and take in all God has for you, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on Ephesians 6:14-17 and its accompanied verse (1 Thess. 5:8). After you have spent some time with these precious words given to us by God, hop back over here and we will get started.

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I absolutely heart Ephesians 6:16. This is the verse I have held near and dear – as I fight through my current battle. I have taken the time to stencil certain verses I have come across this Summer. This is definitely one of those Bible verses to write out and concentrate on.

See, whatever battle we face, we need to allow faith to be our main spiritual weapon. They are all equally important, but notice what the Apostle Paul writes here:

In every battle, you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan (vv. 16).

There is something we need, regardless of the battle we are facing. We need to trust that God will show up in a big way, as we give these “things” to Him. In James 1:5-9, we learn the importance of expecting God to show up.

How are you expecting God to show up in your current battle?

We need to be on our guard, against the Devil. He is making himself our enemy, because we are following Jesus Christ – the Lord and our God. See, God is far greater than any of the Devil’s schemes. The Devil may act tough, but he is reduced to nothing – in comparison to the greatness of our Living God.

God has given you specific weaponry to defeat the Devil. We need to take out our faith from the shed, when we put it away – deeming it as unimportant. We need to put away all of our earthly methods of “handling things,” and turn them over to our great God.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is the absolute best weapon we have on hand. And, hear me folks: Our faith in Jesus is more than enough. You have power over Satan, because of who your heavenly Father is. He reigns. From the beginning to the very end, when the earth is no more, God reigns.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is important.

The way to win the battle is – to make a consistent effort to strengthen and stretch our faith. There is no spiritual discipline that matters more. Our faith is to be in Jesus Christ – our King of Kings – who is advocating for us. He is fighting on our behalf.

We need to have faith that –

  • He loves us.
  • He stays with us.
  • He forgives us, when we confess our sin.
  • He offers us victory – amidst the hard looking things.

He is our Companion.

Our faith is essential to every battle. The full armor of God rests on our faith.

Stay tuned for the date and details of our next study! You can grab your study journal over at Amazon. Please note: Using this special link, allows my blog to be given a small earning with any Amazon purchase you make.

Custom Designed Armor {{Week 6}}

Hi friends!

Welcome to week 6 of our study. Hard to believe – we only have a few days left of our Ephesians study. For those who have joined me on this journey, congratulations on this amazing accomplishment of studying through the book of Ephesians this Summer. For those who have popped in, to glean from the blog posts, you are reaping good things in your spirit – as you turn your eyes to Jesus and the bounty He offers to us – as His followers!

I invite you all to join me, as we peek at Ephesians 6:10-13 – which is today’s passage. As you prepare for what I have to share, please get out your Bibles and journals and spend time soaking up His Word (the secondary Scripture, is 1 Cor. 9:24-25). After you spend some time meditating on these treasures, meet me back here.

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The full armor of God is such a gift!

Our reality is this truth – While we face a heavy battle, God is standing by our side equipping us for all we need. He is equipping us to: 1) Fight the battle 2) Victoriously win.

I can stand firm in today’s adversity, because of the gift of God, His love and hope, and the armor He alone provides. The only way to defeat the enemy is, by keeping the armor of God on. Yes, it can get a bit hard – remembering to keep it on. But, this is where the battle is won.

Jesus wants us to win. He wants to help us achieve this victory. But, it only comes – as we stay close and listen to His instructions given to us through the Bible!

He wants to give us strength.

He wants us to win, but this can only happen – as we draw near to our beloved Savior! And, allow Him to help us to put on the armor.

Now, there is something we need to understand: The armor of God is custom designed for our individual fights. His armor is custom designed, so we need not worry that it won’t fit with our lives or struggles.

I know, for my own life, I need to run the winning way – this means putting on God’s armor. This is the living, where it desperately counts.

God is why we can stand firm and overcome.

Lord God, we are tired and our sinful self is raging. We need You to give us, Your followers, clarity on how to put on Your precious armor pieces and to know how they work. Thank You for Your trusted Word and for supplying all we need. Be our strength, today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Cleanses Us {{Week 6}}

Hi Friends!

Today, I want to talk with you about Ephesians 5:25-28. Open up your Bible and journal – if you are opting for the journaling thing. If not, just take a few moments to read the selected passage (along with John 15:3). Then, meet me back here.

The Ephesians study journal is still available on Amazon. So is our next study – Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus (on Matthew 4-7). (Please note: When you use this link for any Amazon purchase, I receive a small earning from your purchases. Thank you for your support of Gracefully Overcoming and helping it reach others for the Kingdom.)

I am working on the assumption that you have taken time to sit with our Scriptures, given thought to them, and began praying that God will give you His understanding and wisdom. God has a specific message for each of us, concerning today’s Bible study!

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Jesus is lovingly, willingly choosing to clean us up – as we draw near to Him (James 4:8; John 15:3). He is cleaning up you and me. He is doing it right now, as we get to know Him through His Word and talking with Him.

Now, Jesus doesn’t have to clean us up. He could leave us in the mess we are in – filled with sin, idols, and distractions. But, He doesn’t. God is filled with love and compassion for us, as we draw near to His Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus came. To pour out His love on us.

Jesus delights in being with us. He delights in spending time with you. He delights in spending time with me, too. All can come before the throne of grace – as we come to Jesus. When Jesus came to bring salvation to mankind, He made it available to all of us. We need to realize the love God has for us.

He has made us clean and holy, through our baptism with Christ. With Himself. He is making us clean. He is making us new. It is just so exciting to know what He is choosing to do on my behalf. I hope, it is for you too.

He knows our individual needs and He is putting all of Himself into His relationship with us. No area will be left untouched, by Jesus – as long as I keep drawing near and surrendering.

I can clean and precious in His sight. And, it is nothing I could ever produce on my own. Jesus Christ, my Living God, is the One who is making me clean. By His grace!

Week 6 is foundational. While I have been quite ill these past few weeks, chapter 6 is absolute preparation for this “pruning season” of my life. This is so good. You won’t want to miss any of it, so stay tuned!

Identity Meets Living His Truth {{Week 5}}

Please note, friends: I have been dealing with some knocked-down health days. So, this is the last of my scheduled posts. I hope to get back on track asap, but bear with me. We are on week 5. So thankful for our Ephesians journey, to keep our spirits encouraged this Summer!

~ Stacey

Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus: A Nine Week Scripture Writing Experience (This is the link for the new study (on Mt. 4-7) – which will begin in Sept/Oct. As an Amazon affiliate, Gracefully Overcoming receives a small earning when you use this link for any Amazon purchase.)

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This week, God has really been stirring my heart about my identity. In Ephesians 2:1-10, we learn about our change in identity. I encourage you to read along and join me, as I discuss things God is teaching me through Walking Into The Light Bible study on the book of Ephesians.

We are on the last few days of the fifth week. It is crazy to think that the study is, almost over!

The Truth of Our Identity

There is something our hearts and minds need to realize –

Our identity in Jesus is a precious thing.

Our identity is far more than just our name. Our identity determines the path we will take in life. What we believe about ourselves, determines the path we take. This makes our identity in Jesus Christ, one of the most important things we could ever grasp. While life situations will always try to dominate our identity, there is a better identity God is just begging us to grab ahold of.

The God of the Universe has chosen you!

While so many things try to be our identity, there is only one place to find our real identity.

And, His name is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ wants us to realize why He came.

Jesus wants us to realize that – while others have rejected us, He has chosen us. While others have let us down, He never will. While others have intentionally tried to hurt us, He is the One who is forever working on our behalf and showing that He has good favor on us.

Realizing Our Identity

If our identity is firmly rooted in Jesus Christ, we will delight in Him, His Word, and enjoy all the best benefits of being a child of the Most High God!

As I study today’s lesson (see Eph. 5:16-18), I am reminded just how important it is – to know my identity in Christ. See, when our identity rests in Christ. Something wonderful happens. It makes it easy (or easier) to follow the standards God has set for us. Realizing our identity changes our perspective and everything else that goes along with it.

When we grasp our identity is in Christ, we will stop trying to earn others’ approval or letting other things hold us back in our Christian life. This is why it is such a struggle to proclaim our identity is in Him.

If we could grasp our identity is in Christ, it would literally change everything!

Ephesians 5:16-18 is Significant

Our days do matter. 

But, somehow, I think – we all have a bit of trouble with this one.

How about you – do you find yourself struggling to make the most of the opportunities given to you each day? Do you struggle with acting thoughtlessly? If so, this passage is for you too.

There is something miraculous about our identity in Jesus Christ. There has been a complete shift in our identity. But, until we grasp this identity, we will come to our wit-ends when we read passages like this one.

Ladies and Gents, we have to begin the process of bringing ourselves face-to-face with our holy God, acknowledging our sin, come to know the salvation provided for us by Jesus Christ’s love sacrifice, and realize how He has forever changed our identity – for the better!

How can we step into God’s Word, soaking up His truths as His sons and daughters?

Our Identity Changes Everything! {{Week 5}}

Hey friends,

I invite you to join me as we meditate on today’s Scripture. Break out your journal (if you have one) and Bible. We will be taking a look at Ephesians 5:8-13. Go ahead and take a few minutes to meditate on the passage, then join me right back here.

Ready?!?

Exposing Evil Deeds

Yesterday, the Lord just spoke loudly to me about how I live – as His daughter. Often, we choose things outside of our Christ-centered identity. We choose unworthy things. As a daughter of the Most High God, I should have standards.

We can have high standards, because we are a child of the Most High God (as Christ-followers).

I don’t know about you, but those “standards” can sometime lead to interesting conversations. Anybody relate? As I remember the standards God has given me through His very Word and my own convictions, I am reminded of what our loving Savior is wanting to teach us through His Word.

Living Our Identity

Two aspects of Scripture stand out to me today, so I want to briefly talk about it.

Living Like We Believe

Your behavior should show it (see Eph. 5:8).

As we live out our faith on a daily basis, there should be evidence of our faith in the way we live. How is my behavior reflecting the standards I have? Is it just some mental check-list, or something I am seriously holding onto? This is a set of questions I am asking myself today. See in Ephesians 5:8, we are reminded just who we are as followers of Jesus Christ. We have transferred over. While our hearts were once consumed with darkness, we are far from that place (remember Eph. 2:1-10).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come to redeem us – setting us free.

When we first said “yes” to our Lord Jesus Christ, He began the process of breaking the chains in our midst. We don’t have to give into the deeds of darkness. We don’t have to live the way we have always lived. We can break generational curses, even, right now – because of the blood of Jesus Christ and the redemption we find in Him.

Taking a Stand

Rebuke and expose [evil deeds] (see Eph. 5:11)

Not only are we given standards as a child of God, where we realize the things that are beneath us – as Christians (I am talking about rejecting sinning in this instance). We know what the Word of God says about sin. Sin is evil, and brings death. Sin separate us from God and the kind of relationship we could have with Him.

As we learn how to let our identity in Jesus Christ take us to new heights, we need to do something else: “rebuke and expose” the evil deeds of darkness. This is what God is teaching us to do.

Because we are a child of the King, we have the power to say “no” to ungodliness and call it for what it is! (see Titus 2:11-15)

Often times, this can be a difficult thing. It requires us to speak up, when we are taught to stay quiet. Yet, God’s way is far better. Where would we be, if no one spoke up about our godless lives – before we came to Christ? 

As we rebuke (reject) evil, we need to also expose it for what it is. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ and His redemption, we can expose the deeds of darkness. We can call sin for what it is. It is part of our authority, as children of God.

How are we walking in our identity found in Jesus Christ? How is knowing our identity, affecting the authority we have as believers?