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Purpose

In the movie ‘The Graduate’, Benjamin has the following  dialogue with his father:

Mr. Braddock: What’s the matter? The guests are all downstairs, Ben, waiting to see you.

Benjamin: Look, Dad, could you explain to them that I have to be alone for a while?

Mr. Braddock: These are all our good friends, Ben. Most of them have known you since, well, practically since you were born. What is it, Ben?

Benjamin: I’m just…

Mr. Braddock: Worried?

Benjamin: Well…

Mr. Braddock: About what?

Benjamin: I guess about my future.

Mr. Braddock: What about it?

Benjamin: I don’t know… I want it to be…

Mr. Braddock: To be what?

Benjamin: [looks at his father] … Different.

Haven’t we all gone through this thinking at some time or another? Why are we here? What should we do? Haven’t we all desired to have some meaning to our existence?  God, our very own Father has provided some very satisfying answers to this question. ‘Satisfying’ is a very good descriptive of the following verse:

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.

Effective, productive work stimulates the mind. It is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of life. Are we supposed to guess about this? My earthly Dad (and Mom too!) wanted the very best for my life. Our Heavenly Dad can go beyond ‘best’, being the designer and creator of the universe. He has all the resources to go ‘exceedingly’ beyond anything we could ever ask of think (another Ephesians verse!)

To do what?  We enter into a relationship with the most powerful force in the universe to achieve what is really our heart’s desire. Since God is the most powerful force in the universe he had no insecurities or fears about our lives and he offers it to us without being controlling. The only thing that limits us is our ceiling that we put on our lives which can be quite controlling! Remember: The sky isn’t the limit!

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‘Righteous Anger’ in Ephesians

What is righteous anger? There is a great example of how to have righteous anger in Ephesians 4:26 Paul writes: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Several verses later  in verse 31 is an example of unrighteous anger. This anger doesn’t come from the Word. It is self-centered.

Anger can be justified when something violates the Word.  There are many examples of this throughout the Word. By looking at Psalm 4 we can find the proper way of handling righteous anger.

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.

2 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my honor and glory into shame? How long will you love vanity and futility and seek after lies? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.

4 Be angry [or stand in awe] and sin not; commune with your own hearts upon your beds and be silent (sorry for the things you say in your hearts). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5 Offer just and right sacrifices; trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord.

6 Many say, Oh, that we might see some good! Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than [they know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. (Amplified)

Jesus Christ must have had righteous anger when he dealt with the moneychangers in the temple.  Paul had righteous anger when he addressed the Galatians. At night when they laid their head on the pillow they didn’t fret or stew but gave it to God. Their fellowship was sweet and so was their sleep as they leaned on the sufficiency of trusting God.

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Bloom where you are planted but don’t let any grass grow under your feet!


Speaking the truth in love involves a mature balanced approach to relationships. Ephesians 4:15 enlists God’s wisdom without which we could not
flourish. In the Bible speaking the truth is really ‘truthing it’ in the Greek and it involves integrity, commitment  and oftentimes loving courage to carry out. As we lean on God and his magnificent gift of holy spirit we blossom into strong individuals capable of achieving more than we ever expected.

God’s sufficiency is ours for the asking by simply believing what he has made available. Believing is assertive action and is never static. We can never allow ourselves to become passive followers of God.  That condition is for ‘pew potatoes’. As we act by walking out on whatever limb is set in front of us, God supports us all the way. Think about when Jesus beckoned Peter to walk out on the water. As Peter kept his eyes on him he walked on water. He could have been the star of the Cypress Garden Water ski team!  The minute he looked down he went down! Human beings were designed to go towards the way they are looking. Just look at how the eyes are positioned in the human body. It is God’s sufficiency we look to in absolutely every situation  and our feet carry us toward that sufficiency by putting one foot in front of the other.

In Ephesians we are exhorted to walk in love, walk in light and walk circumspectly.

Ephesians 5:16-17(Amplified) Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

We have the great reassurance of God, who He is and what he has done for us through the written word. We need not waste our time any longer in cringing insufficiency. In this administration we are not only able to walk on water. We are able to handle the ski jumps!

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E=mc2 (Ephesians=mystery x completelycompletelycomplete)

According to Einstein and his theory of relativity, matter is a manifestation of energy. Energy can manifest itself in a number of ways, light, heat, sound, electrically, chemically, etc. You can’t see energy, only the effects of it.

How has God manifested Himself?  Light shone out of darkness, creation, a bush burned, the Red Sea parted, a still small voice whispered to Elijah, a man was raised from the dead, tongues of fire showed up on the day of Pentecost, and many, many, many other examples; not to mention the ones not written about. Think about in your own life, all those wonderful moments that you knew that something bigger than you was in operation in your life.

The greatest move of God is in the heart of an individual when he accepts the real deal of Jesus Christ getting up, out and sitting down on the right hand of God.  God needs matter to express His spirit. When we change our citizenship from this world to one from above, we as an individual manifest the nature of God through the spirit that takes up residence in our hearts. Collectively when we gather with others who know how and respect how God works in each individual, God has room to work even bigger.  It is absolute brilliance!

There are a lot of books written about teamwork, management and relationships and they all have some good points on how to work with others. There is no mistaking the dynamics of a group that has the energy of God working in it. Also it can be pretty evident when God is not the force behind something.

Romans 8:28 (Amplified Bible)28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be transformed. Thank God! Every person who believes becomes a dynamic force as God comes into manifestation in the senses realm through that person. Put a couple of people together that think this way and it is out of this world. It is what it means to be truly seated in the heavenlies like it says in Ephesians 2:6.

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Self-Esteem and Grace

“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” is an interesting quote by George Carlin. It certainly has merit because it is about ‘merit’. He is saying insecurity may be earned. It certainly doesn’t come from grace! Thank God!

For people life may be a constant struggle to find security and meaning even when things are going well as well as when things are going bad. Without understanding what God really can impart to us when we believe, it can get pretty heart-wrenching. Often well-meaning religious people push the hurt even deeper.

I have met people who think they know all about God and their lives are wrapped up and focused on judgement and performance.Because of what God wrought in Christ we don’t have to swallow and accept this as ‘life just as it is’!

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We don’t have to earn anything, we just have to accept that something bigger than us has given us our value that is far greater than what we could gain from a title, wealth, prestige, education or from religion (Yes religion!). We just have to believe it and use it! It is not earned!
 Remember chapter 1:6 of Ephesians (What a book!) We are to be:

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

So why waste all that effort on low self-esteem. Give it up! and read Ephesians!

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Growing Up

Ephesians is a great book! It contains important keys to maturing as a Christian. You don’t have to know Greek or Aramaic to understand its breath-taking truths. My favorite verse is Ephesians 4:15:

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

There is a beautiful 3-part  precept magnificently displayed in this verse. To grow up: 1) we speak, 2) the truth 3) in love. All three components are vital elements to our growth. We can speak the truth certainly. So can legalists, religionists, quoters; anyone can speak truth. We can speak in love, but we might be humanists, people pleasers, and even flatterers. We can love truth but how does that help anyone else or help us mature. We need all three elements if we want to really help people know God  better as we  mature  in the unselfish nature that Jesus Christ so exemplified.

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