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Unlikely Habitat

Ephesians 4:12

Isaiah 41:19-20

The box tree, fir tree and pine. Three types of trees that you would never expect to see growing in a desert. None of them could survive the habitat. It would be considered miraculous if they did. Only their Creator could give them life.

And He did. God planted them there and they grew. As a result people noticed the phenomenon. Praise was given to God as they understood that He was responsible for this.

If you find yourself outside your comfort zone trust God to flourish you. Live so that God will receive the glory.

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And More

Ephesians 3:20

Ruth just wanted her and her mother in laws life to be sustained. She went to Boaz’s field with that intention.

She left that evening with more barley than she had planned on, a place to refresh herself when she became weary and food and water to give her strength.

She went into the fields expecting to just get by and left with blessings that exceeded her imagination.

Isn’t that just like our lives with Jesus?

We come to Him just wanting a Savior. But in addition to that he feeds us, supplies our every need and gives us rest. He becomes our Provider.

Humble yourselves before The Lord. He has great plans to bless you beyond what you can even fathom.

Blameless

Ephesians 1:4

“He tried to take advantage of me!!! I screamed and begged him not to and he finally ran away!!” Potiphar’s wife painted a vivid picture for her husband and his men of what had transpired between herself and Joseph, all the while holding Joseph’s garment.

Potiphar left in an outrage. He sentenced Joseph to jail time.

Joseph, an innocent man, would spend two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

Sometimes things we say or do are misinterpreted. Sometimes people just try to do us wrong in whatever way they can.

God knows this will happen. He also knows that it’s out of our control. So He tells us to be blameless and He’ll take care of the rest.

Take comfort that He is a just Judge, that He knows the truth and that He has the final word.

Live the Word

Psalm 27:8

In Ephesians Paul is divinely led to write about “praying always for the saints”. In his letter to the Colossians we read that he actually prayed for the people without ceasing.

Paul had taken the message from God to heart. He didn’t just write it down and forget about it. He applied it to his life.

Make sure your bible reading is more than a habit. Read it. Meditate on it. And then apply it to your life.

Communications

Ephesians 4:29

What a person says speaks a lot about them.

Choose your words wisely.

Neighbors

Ephesians 4:12

Hiram, king of Tyre, had just learned that Solomon had been anointed king of Israel. Immediately he sent word to Solomon. He offered his congratulations, spoke highly of his father, David, and made known that he would be there for him in any way that he could.

Solomon asked if Hiram would provide the lumber for the house of God. Hiram graciously agreed that he would.

Perhaps you’re an older Christian. You could be likened to Hiram. Hiram sought out Solomon, a new king, to offer what he had to him. As an older Christian you should be seeking out younger Christians to help them on their walk with The Lord. Jesus has provided you with wisdom, experience and endurance. Share it with someone new.

Maybe you’re like Solomon. He had just begun his reign as King of Israel. You’ve just started your journey with Jesus. Solomon was willing to take Hiram up on his offer to help. If an older Christian offers their help, like Hiram did for Solomon, be willing to take it. Learn from the people that God has placed in your life.

So are you a seasoned Christian that can be of help to a new convert? Or are you recently born again, in need of guidance?

Open your eyes to the Christians around you and be ready and willing to grow in Jesus. You may be the Hiram in somebody’s life. Or you may be the Solomon. Regardless we are in this journey with Jesus together.

Equal Opportunity

Colossians 1:3

Queen Esther needed prayer. She was going before her husband, the king on behalf of her people, the Jews. She called upon them to pray for her.

They did.

The important thing to note here is that neither the queen nor the Jewish people allowed pride to stand in the way of their relationship.

Queen Esther could’ve thought herself too good to have to call upon the common Jewish people for prayer.

But she didn’t.

The people could’ve become jealous and turned on the queen. They could’ve decided that she was too good for their prayers.

But they didn’t.

The queen and the people didn’t allow their social statuses get in the way of their need for each others support.

Within the family of God there are many different people. Some are rich. Some are poor. Some are highly successful. Some are struggling. Some have been serving Jesus for decades others have just been reborn. No matter what their status each person can benefit from another Christians prayers. We are called to lift one another up, regardless of how well or poorly we think they might be doing. Pray for your fellow Christians. Don’t allow worldly success or failures affect your prayers.

God isn’t a respecter of persons. We shouldn’t be either.

Sing!

Ephesians 5:19

Moses was a singer. After he led the people across the Red Sea he stopped to sing a song of praise to God. Before he died he taught Joshua a song that would remind the children of Israel about the blessings The Lord had given them.

The Book of Psalms is filled with scriptures telling us to sing to The Lord. It also teaches us that The Lord will give us the words to sing.

Hum a song. Think on a song. Be loud about. In whichever way you choose to sing be sure to sing to Jesus, for Jesus about Jesus. You’ll find yourself drawing closer to Him.

Responsible Watchmen

Ezekiel 33:1-6

A watchmen has a lot of responsibility. From his viewpoint he can see the enemy coming. He can choose to be responsible and alert the people when an enemy is going to attack. He can also choose to neglect the people by not giving a warning. The people will suffer the consequences.

As followers of Christ we have been given a viewpoint like none other. We have been set upon The Rock, Jesus. Through His Spirit we are able to recognize the powers and principalities that have come to attack. We’ve been given the duty of watchmen.

What kind of watchmen are you choosing to be?

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