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An Old Friend: Paul and the Book of Ephesians

The book of Ephesians is like a beautiful and precious friend I have known for a long while. You know the one, the friend who, when you’re sharing all the “things” of life with them–feeling low, desperate, and broken; or like you just can’t hack it or don’t have what it takes, holds up the mirror and lovingly reminds you of the truth. That truth then holds you accountable and helps you get back on track. It’s the one who reminds me, again and again, of who I am in Christ. It gives me the wisdom I need to focus my heart and mind back on the Father. Its truths ground me in the strength that only Christ brings. It equips me with what I need for the day and continually reveals the joy that comes with a humble heart, unity in Christ, grace, peace, protection, and love.

There are many treasured truths to be found in the Bible. I have and will continue to read them over and over again for the rest of my life. Paul writes this letter while in prison. He continues to serve God during this time for God’s glory. God inspires Paul by encouraging the emerging local churches in the surrounding areas. As his letter to Ephesus concludes, he exhorts them to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might! Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10,11 ESV). He then continues by giving them a strong, powerful lesson about who we are fighting and how to fight!

Wow, Paul, way to bring it home! I try to imagine the passion and fire he must have experienced while penning these words in a jail cell. Possibly inspired by looking up at the armored guard standing outside the gate as he penned those words “Put on the whole armor of God” to fight the enemy (v. 11). God gave him a powerful way to be a faithful friend and mentor across the miles.

God’s truths throughout Scripture have the opportunity to be this powerful for us. When we seek the Lord daily through His Word, it is like a lasting, loyal friend. The BEST friend we could ever have has written His stories inside of it, and it continues to teach us to this day!!

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12 ESV)

What are some ways you can make time to seek out your BEST friend in His word today?

One decision to invite Him into our daily lives is all it takes to be drawn closer to him every day.

Erin Nonaka is a Co-Founder and the Director of Communications and Community at Humble Faith Ministries. She is an experienced worship leader, Bible teacher, and encourager of women. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two of her three sons.

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