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The Word: Episode 1415 Mark 4:1-29

“Finally!”

September 17, 2020

“Finally!”

Blessings folk!

So, let’s look at the balance of the instructions/commands in Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.

It begins with a strong word…”Finally”!

Eph 6:10

Finally,
be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

Finally!
With all that the Spirit has led Paul to say to this point, the conclusion is this.

Be strong in the Lord.
Do not be strong in the flesh.
Do not be strong in spirit.
Do not be strong in knowledge.
Do not be strong in…etc. etc.

Our strength is only in the Lord.

Be strong in the strength of His might.
His strength.
His power.

The word “strong” in the Greek means “to be empowered”.
We are empowered by the Lord.
We are to live in and manifest His power.

The word “strength” in the Greek means “strength”, especially “manifest power, dominion”.
We are the very manifestation of the power of God.
We are to manifest His power in all things.

This is who we are as True Believers.
This is how we are to live.
Manifest His Power!

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“Masters…”

September 16, 2020

“Masters…”

Blessings folk!

We today have a hard time with the thought of slaves.

Slavery has been a reality of mankind since Genesis.

There are those enslaved.
There are those free.

Many are the quotes about such…here is one of the more famous and poignant…

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most of us believe that we are free…in a political sense.
We are not.
We are actually more enslaved than those upon whom we look back and call slaves.
(Learn true, accurate history)

We have seen what the Lord said to slaves.
They were to live “as unto the Lord”.

Now, read the next verse…

Eph 6:9

And masters,
do the same things to them,
and give up threatening,
knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven,
and there is no partiality with Him.

The Lord now speaks to “masters”.

He tells them to…

  • Give up threatening
  • Know that both master/slave have the same Master in heaven
  • Know that there is no partiality with the Master in Heaven.

I intentionally skipped the first command.
“Do the same things to them…”
We will look at that next time.

For now, whether master or slave, do all unto the Lord.
Know that we serve the same Master.
Know that there is no partiality in the Kingdom.
We are OneAnother.


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The Word: Episode 1413 Luke 8:4-18

“With Good Will…”

September 15, 2020

“With Good Will…”

Blessings folk!

Reread the passage.
Note what slaves are to do…

Eph 6:5-8

Slaves,
be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh,
with fear and trembling,
in the sincerity of your heart,
as to Christ;

not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers,
but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

knowing that whatever good thing each one does,
this he will receive back from the Lord,
whether slave or free.


Slaves, be obedient to your masters according to the flesh.
Slaves, be obedient with fear and trembling, in sincerity of your heart.
Slaves, be obedient as to Christ.

Slaves, do not be “obedient” as in “eye-service”…obedient only when someone is looking, etc.
Slaves, do not be “men-pleasers”, only doing what is right when men are looking, or for an agenda.

Rather, obedient as a slave of Christ.
From the heart.
Doing the will of God.

We are to render service with good will.
We are to do so as unto the Lord.
Not as to men.

This is a major thing.
This goes against our fleshly nature and patterns of society.

Slaves are to do so knowing that whatever good thing one does, he will receive back from the Lord.

Whether slave.
Whether free.

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The Word: Episode 1412 Mark 4:1-13

“Slaves!”

September 14, 2020

“Slaves!”

Blessings folk!

The Lord, writing through Paul, speaks to the Body as to how we are to live out our faith - together and in the world

He has spoken to…
Men
Women
Husbands
Wives
Children
Fathers

Now, read this…He is speaking to slaves!!!

Slaves?
Yep!

Eph 6:5-8

Slaves,
be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh,
with fear and trembling,
in the sincerity of your heart,
as to Christ;

not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers,
but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,

knowing that whatever good thing each one does,
this he will receive back from the Lord,
whether slave or free.

Much here.

I want us to see one truth today.

The Body of Christ is diverse.
It consist of all stations of life.
Some are rich.
Some are poor.
Some are free.
Some are slaves.

All are equal in the eyes of God as to salvation.

Think on that.

When they gathered together as the Body one was not “above” the other.

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 1411 Matthew 13:18-23

“No Provocation”

September 13, 2020

“No Provocation”

Blessings folk!

The Lord had/has given instruction to His Body.
To men.
To women.
To husbands.
To wives.
To children.

The Lord give another instruction for a specific portion of men - fathers.

Eph 6:4

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Fathers are told to not “provoke”…means “provoke to anger”.
To irritate.
To build resentment.

Rather, Fathers are told to…
Bring children up in the discipline of the Lord.
Bring children up in the instruction of the Lord.

“Bring them up” means to “nourish to maturity”.

No provocation.
Nourishing in the Lord.

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