Where Do You Stand?

Ephesians 6:19-24; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts. Peace [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

     This is Paul’s wonderful final request to his brethren in Ephesus and the faithful in Christ Jesus (or us). The first verse is a continuation of 18; in that he is asking for prayer. At this point, Paul is in prison in Rome for two years. Speaking the Word got him in there, yet here he is asking for boldness to speak more. What a heart! He wrote four of the epistles there; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon. It was a quiet time of reflection for him and heaven knows every writer needs a little of that. These epistles are true treasures of the Word.

     It was the beginning of a turbulent time in history. God spread the hope, despite the government’s attempts to squelch it, one faithful heart at a time and one rightly divided truth at a time. Hope and freedom spread rampantly. This world was never the same again. Touched forever by love, men claimed a life made free by salvation. But the Devil wouldn’t go down without a fight. Since then, this planet has seen cataclysmic disasters, racial tension, famine, corruptions, war, communism, and tyranny. There were diseases that killed thousands and spread across oceans to kill thousands more. Earthquakes cracked the planet’s crust, volcanos– some believe even super volcanos– changed its face. Governments expanded their territories with greedy, power-hungry men then died, eaten from the inside out by their own corruption. Yet through all this darkness God protected the Bible and these precious words of Paul’s.

   Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago this continent, and the world, witnessed the rise and expansion of a country based on principles in the Bible. Imprisonment or death because of our beliefs are no longer a fear here. We express them freely in this great nation. Due to that freedom this nation rose from the ashes around it as a beacon of hope to this tattered and war-scarred world. Hundreds of thousands have died to protect these freedoms, millions worked to get in and make them their own. Yet corruption still reaches out and touches this land with the pain of slavery, war, and death. Its bloodied soil cries out boldly for the freedoms written in God’s Word, and its hope drops anchor in the harbor of our souls. Its love wails in the night as a every new baby is born–free. Our freedoms and the truth they were founded on, was rent from the clenching fist of control Satan has on this world. God’s age-old battle to free men’s hearts still wages on. The systematizing of error still whittle away the rightly divided truth from our churches, schools, homes, and hearts.

Stand Tall with God

Matthew 16:18; And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (petros= a small pebble), and upon this rock (Jesus Christ, petra= foundational stone) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

  Look into the greatness of the book of Ephesians and the truth of the ages. Protect the accuracy of the Word sown in your heart and let it bloom where it is planted inside you.

  Written above are Paul’s last words in Ephesians, but fellow believers– they live on in our hearts and lives today. Pour your heart into that which God protected all these ages. Cultivate the Word in your heart then let it rise and expand in you.

  It is my hope that you have enjoyed this journey through Ephesians as much as I have. I can sincerely say–I will never be the same again.

  God bless you and yours today! Remember this is only the first day of the rest of eternity together.

5 thoughts on “Where Do You Stand?”

  1. Thank you, God, for the freedoms we have now in this country. But I see them slipping away. Please protect our freedom to worship you, Lord, as your enemies battle against that freedom today. Should you call us, modern American Christians, to worship you from prison then we ask you to grant us the strength of faith to worship.

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