Here is the outline to part 4 4 of our Ephesians series.
What being a Christ follower looks like
Pastor Steve Lummer
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints Ephesians 1:18 (niv)
Ephesians is has a two part theme:
1. Who we are in Christ Chapters 1-3 – DOCTRINAL chapters
2. How we should live Chapters 4-6 – PRACTICAL chapters
Paul gives us a great look at how we can understand how the Christian life works.
” ‘Who are you, Lord?’ … “‘What do you want me to do, Lord?’ I asked Acts 22::8-10
The Threefold postures of the Christ life
1. Our Status – SIT
God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6
2. Our Service – WALK
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light Ephesians 5:8
3. Our Strategy – STAND
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 613
The Greek verb to “STAND” means to “HOLD YOUR GROUND”
We don’t fight FOR victory …..we fight FROM victory
“They overcame the devil by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11
1. STAND UP – Nehemiah. 9:5
2. STAND OUT – Romans 12:1,2
3. STAND IN – 1 Corinthians. 2:5
4. STAND STILL – Exodus. 14:13
The power of perseverance
Ever seen one of those inflatable clowns with a round base? When you knock him down he bounces back up wearing a big, cheesy grin! Perseverance: it’s a powerful tool! The Bible says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres.” Paul was flogged, shipwrecked, persecuted, and imprisoned in establishments without weight rooms, HDTV, and time off for good behavior! He could have thrown in the towel, but instead he said, “I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground – the One I’ve trusted in can take care of…me…to the end” (2Ti 1:12 TM). Can you say that?
God isn’t impressed by human ability, dynamic personalities, titles, and designer clothes. He respects people who, when they get knocked down, bounce back with their faith intact, more determined than ever to live for Him. It’s Satan’s job to attack you – it’s your job to fight back. If you are passive he will demolish you! Paul writes: “Resist the enemy…[and] after the battle you will still be standing” (Eph 6:13 NLT). Perseverance means staying in the fight and refusing to give up. It empowers you so you stop feeling like a victim of circumstances. It builds your confidence and becomes a tool you automatically use.
Somebody said the nose of the bulldog is slanted backward so he can keep breathing without letting go! Plus, your reward in heaven is determined by your level of perseverance here on earth. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne” (Rev 3:21 NKJV). So keep persevering.
5. STAND BEFORE – Romans 14:10