Therefore, having put away all falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor,
for we are members of one another.
Paul sends this letter to the new believers and the Gentiles in Ephesus, His concern was about the discord among the believers, that their actions were a distraction and disruption to the ministry. His encouragement was for living in harmony, that they may come to worship in one accord. First, they must be firmly planted on the same foundation-Love.
God’s “agape” love (Ephesians 4, and 2:11-22). A virtue so important that the book of Ephesians begins with (Ephesians 1: 3-4) and is concluded in love (Ephesians 6: 23-24).
God’s agape love:
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friend JOHN 15:13 (HCSB)-A love exemplified 12 verses earlier. By God’s love we have been reconciled back to Himself, both Jews and Gentiles.
The flow of Ministry and Vulnerability.
Ephesians 4:2-3 2 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with peace that binds us. I remember playing a game when we were younger where one person stood with his back toward the group, with eyes closed, they were to fall backward and is caught by the others in the group before hitting the floor. This is child-like trust and vulnerability we are called to possess. Trust that in our blindness, the Lord is faithful to catch us. Trust that in the process, the walls we have built will come tumbling down.
Lynne Thompson Focus on the Family “Living in High Definition”
Taking off our “Happy Faces” at church.
“HDTVs bring clarity and reveal blemishes, imperfections, even wrinkles just as exposes our strengths, weakness, our blemishes”. We wear our “Happy mask” when we come to church in fear of exposing what we are really going through, to hide what we are really feeling.
Stand naked before God, bearing all, so that we can realign ourselves horizontally to Him and so ministry can occur.
I get compliments from members of the congregation when they are moved by my praise and worship music-My reply, I am a nail pounded into the ground to serve as a conduit that receives the Holy Spirit of the Lord and discharge it into the congregation. All glory to God, Be a “Nail!”
1 Chronicles 17:11-12 When your time comes to be with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12 He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever HCSB
There was no question when it came to David’s heart for God. After all, he was responsible for transporting the Ark of the Covenant and all the elements of the temple. Despite his concern that God had no permanent temple, we see that God had another plans for him; plans that would ultimately affect God’s overall plan for His people. We need to understand the designated place for His temple had not yet been reached. God’s house will be built and with all the deserving splendor-That has been ordained and long been established. God knows the intentions of our hearts, therefore, aligning our hearts with the will of God should be our greatest aspiration. Only then can we appreciate that our present assignment is conditioning us for a much bigger outcome. Thursday’s Blessings
(6:46) Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things I say NKJV
After praying, and teaching the 12, Jesus descends with the apostles to the place where a large assembly of apostles, and followers were. (6:18) They came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by unclean spirits were made well.
After preaching the Beattitudes, Jesus elaborates on these virtues of the believer-Building on the foundation of our faith, and maintaining the fundamentals of this faith we profess.
He spoke of humility, remaining resplendent in the face of persecution-Responding with kindness to those who mock, and ridicule(6:28-29a) bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29a If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other.
He spoke of judgement-Is it ever alright? (6:37) Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Then, there’s the optics of our faith, The “Fruit” we bear. What does our faith look like in the eyes of the world? (6:45) A good man produces good out the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the over-flow of the heart. Do we pursue these things that transform our hearts and minds to reflect the indwelling Holy Spirit?
And He finishes with the “Foundation” of our faith-Construction terminology: “Footings” He speaks about the two foundations. Those who profess to be followers and live-counter-intuitively(6:48-49), and those who build their faith on solids foundations (Isaiah 28:16) Therefore, the Lord God said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation. The one who believes will be unshakable. Check the integrity of your foundation, Your faith depends on it: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.
31When the Son on Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on His glorious throne.32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people from one another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on his left
Matthew 25:31-46 This parable is a passage in Christian eschatology-The description of the final judgement as illustrated in the Book of Revelation. Jesus Christ, the Mediator will come in his own glory and in the Full Glory of the Father to separate the sheep from the goats-The accursed from the saints(25:31-32).
Will we be judged by good works? (26:6) We will be judged on our obedience and readiness; Our Expectancy to receive the King, and our redemption. We will be judged on the condition of our hearts: (25:35a) For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me….While we are commanded to do our Good Works, it is impossible to gain entry into the kingdom according to Scripture: (Ecclesiastes 1:2,3) “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Absolute futility. Everything is futile.” 3 What does a man gain from his efforts that he labors under the sun? God said so: (Ephesians2:8) For by grace you have been saved, not by works…
Would you be ready when the bridegroom comes?
This judgement is final, and eternal: (Matthew 25:34) Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom for you from the foundation of the world. (25:46) And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Son of Man spoke to Jesus’ Divinity-God incarnate (Matthew 2:21-23) 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. 22 Now this all took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Emmanuel, which is translated ” God with us.”
His delineation as “Son of Man” did not minimize His deity(Jn 8:58), But affirmed who He was by the many miracles He had performed during His earthy ministry: (Mark 2:10-11) 10 But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, He told the paralytic, 11 ” I tell you, pick up your mat and go home.”
(Matthew 16:14, Mk 8:28) “Who do you say I am?”Jesus never said,”I am God, you must worship Me,” His nature was one of humility. (Philippians 2:6-8) 6 who existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God, as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself and when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death- And just as those who understood the parables, those who truly had a heart for Him knew who He was implicitly, and understood His mission (Isaiah 52:15, 53:4,5)) so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, For they will see what not been told them, and they will understand what they heard. [53:4,5]4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains, yet in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was upon Him, and we are healed by His wounds. Selah
(Matthew 6:25) This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; or your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
A few days before class, I began editing my lesson, Checking that every piece scripture, and commentary pertinent to the lesson was included, while removing unnecessary fluff. Now, I need to format, and print out my lesson to be legible and make it easier for the participants to track with me.
As it turns out, my PC crashed, and I never got around to replacing it, so I’m already behind the eight ball. I tried to no avail to get ahold of one to finish preparing. Now, I’m feeling flustered because I’m so focused on this one aspect ( Of the preparation), that I loss sight, and the flow of this lesson I was about to give. Added to this, was another pressing deadline I needed to meet. I was actually convincing myself it was alright to let go of one of these, and deal with the consequences later.
(Luke 10:41-42) The Lord answered her,” Martha, Martha you are worried and upset about many things,42 but one thing is necessary-I missed the whole purpose of my assignment. Every so often, Submarines resurface to recalibrate itself to the earth’s azimuth, Just as we must do when we lose sight of the main thing in our own faith walk.
As I sat at the edge of my bed, I prayed for the Lord take control and work things out in His providence and power, and I submit I reservedly relinquished my power.
Praise God through whom all blessings flow that His Spirit cut through me like a hot knife through butter and in the end Everything (And then some), was accomplished, and all for for His glory. Aloha and God bless
(Zechariah 9:9) Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, Your king is coming to you; He is righteous, He is victorious,
humble riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey HCSB
They were expecting him:
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout with triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.. From the days of King Solomon and David, they were told of the coming of a king, A king similar in stature, riding a mule as did all kings, (Jeremiah 17:25) Kings and princes will enter through the gates of the city. They will sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses with their officials the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem This will be inhabited forever. And so they waited with great anticipation, and excitement. And finally one day, One does. Oddly, He was not the king they were told about, though they welcomed him and celebrated his arrival just the same
Besides his appearance, There was something different about him: He is righteous, he is victorious, humble riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of the donkey Something about him that spoke of his majesty, and yet of his disposition of humility. In their hearts they knew the reason for his coming: (Matthew 2:15) He will stay there until Herod’s death, so what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt my son.
What better way to prepare for the Passover than with self examination-Taking a look inward at the state of our hearts. Checking to see if we are expecting the king, and anticipating his arrival. Is our expectancies of a king in line with “The King?” Let this be our mediation this week. Aloha and God bless