Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Guest Post: Ten Leader Declarations from the Book of Ephesians

This guest post is written by James Smith, a Young Life leader at AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC.  James is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina majoring in International Business and Finance.  More of his writing can be found here.
After reading through Ephesians, I wrote down some truths that are spoken through the Scripture. We often need to be reminded of who we are in Christ and what He has declared over our life.  I have written down these Biblical Truths to declare over your life. If you are in Christ, there are no exceptions to these truths and nothing holding you back to stepping into what God has declared over your life.
1)      I am holy and blameless in God’s sight.

Ephesians 1:4, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

2)      I was chosen by God.
Ephesians 1:11, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
3)      I was raised up by God, from my death in sin to life in Christ, so that God may show the riches of his grace.
Ephesians 2:6-7, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
4)      I am a servant of the gospel because of God’s grace. God’s grace has been given to me so that I can carry out His will and He has given me sufficient grace to do this.
Ephesians 3:7-8, “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.”
5)      Sin cannot separate me from approaching God.

Ephesians 3:12, “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with faith and confidence.”

6)      I have been given as a gift from God to equip God’s people.

Ephesians, 4:11-12, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,”

7)      Practice wisdom and don’t waste an opportunity.

Ephesians 5:15-17, “Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

8)      I wage a war not against man but against spiritual forces of evil.

Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

9)      I must equip myself to take a stand against spiritual forces of evil.

Ephesians 6:13, “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.”

10)   I am called to declare the Gospel fearlessly.

Ephesians 6:20, “…Pray that I may declare it (the Gospel) fearlessly, as I should.”

Thanks, James.  This is a great reminder that God's Word is both relevant and powerful.  We'd love to hear how you are encouraged and challenged by scripture. Here's how you submit a guest post.

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