I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.

Ephesians 1:18a -- 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

Ephesians 6 Commentary of the Bible

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Parents and Children  ( Ephesians 6:1-4 )  Sunday Message

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In our series in Ephesians we are coming to another of the great relationships of life, that of parents and children. It is rather obvious that in our present world something has gone drastically wrong with this relationship. This is a day when juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime is skyrocketing to heights never before known. A conscientious policeman, not long ago, told me how heartsick he was to find that some of the most brutal crimes in his area were being committed by children -- not teenagers, children!

Parents And Children  ( Ephesians 6:1-4 )  Daily Devotion

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

Employers and Employees  ( Ephesians 6:5-9 )  Sunday Message

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It is a remarkable coincidence -- not at all planned -- that in our study of the relationships of the Christian the consideration of employers and employees has fallen on Labor Day. I have experienced this phenomenon at other times when the Holy Spirit has led in such a way that the study of an appropriate text has fallen on a very appropriate day.

Bringing Christ To Work  ( Ephesians 6:5-9 )  Daily Devotion

...not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart... (Ephesians 6:6 RSV).

The Struggle  ( Ephesians 6:10-12 )  Daily Devotion

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes (Ephesians 6:11).

The Tactics of Terror  ( Ephesians 6:10-13 )  Sunday Message

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In this present series we are coming away from a very troubled, confused and despairing world to give serious consideration to the only adequate explanation for the human dilemma ever offered. That explanation is put very briefly in the Apostle Paul's words in Ephesians 6:10-13:

The Forces we Face  ( Ephesians 6:10 )  Sunday Message

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This passage introduces to us a subject which is so often treated as unworthy of any intelligent consideration that I feel it necessary to remind us, at the beginning of this series, that the whole Scripture has been given to us in order to enable us to face life in a realistic, practical manner. To put it another way, God is not interested in religion, but he is tremendously interested in life. You cannot read the New Testament without realizing that the Lord Jesus did not care a whit for the Sabbath regulations of his day when they were set against the need of a broken man for healing.

Beginning the Battle  ( Ephesians 6:10-13 )  Sunday Message

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Finally, 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 wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13 RSV)

The Strategy of Satan  ( Ephesians 6:10-13 )  Sunday Message

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In this present series we are seeking to understand the evident bafflement of the world leaders today who are trying to grasp and solve the problems of our human situation. We have already noted that the clearest thinkers among the world leaders acknowledge abject defeat when it comes to really grasping the problems we face. The statesmen of the world have long ago abandoned any attempt to formulate long-range policies. They are content now to grapple with each problem as it arises.

The Infallible Posture  ( Ephesians 6:10-20 )  Sunday Message

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For some time now we have been studying the great passage at the close of Paul's letter to the Ephesians:

Finally, 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 wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11 RSV)

The Breastplate Of Righteousness  ( Ephesians 6:13-15 )  Daily Devotion

...with the breastplate of righteousness in place... (Ephesians 6:14b).

Defense Against Defeat, Part 2  ( Ephesians 6:14-18 )  Sunday Message

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Discouragement, confusion, indifference -- these are the signs of the devil's working. Discouragement, with all that means in terms of depression of spirit, the playing over and over again of vain regrets, and the dark outlook on life we call the blues. Confusion, with its doubt and uncertainty, disillusionment, strife, discord, and argument. Indifference, with its cynicism, callousness, coldness, and bitterness toward one another and toward the things of God. These are the major evidences of the devil's working through the flesh, the evil channel of the inner man.

Defense Against Defeat, Part 1  ( Ephesians 6:14-17 )  Sunday Message

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In this present series we are trying to understand life, both in the larger scene of the world and its ways, and in the immediate situation in which we find ourselves. We have already seen that it is a struggle. The passage we are looking at in Ephesians points out that life is a conflict. And our experience confirms this. We do not like it, perhaps, but we cannot deny it. When we ask ourselves, "Why is life a struggle?" the Apostle Paul says that it is not what we usually imagine to be the problem -- it is not flesh and blood, it is not other people.

Defense Against Defeat, Part 4  ( Ephesians 6:14-17 )  Sunday Message

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We are now engaged in examining Paul's great exhortation to the Ephesians to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. We, as they were, are involved in the struggle and conflict which comes from contention with the principalities and powers and the wicked spirits in high places, the world rulers of this present darkness. In Verses 14-17 of the sixth chapter, the apostle focuses on the armor of God:

The Sword Of The Spirit  ( Ephesians 6:16-17 )  Daily Devotion

...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Defense Against Defeat, Part 3  ( Ephesians 6:17 )  Sunday Message

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We are now embarked upon an attempt to explain life. We want to see why men are so bewildered at what is happening in the world about them, and why they are so impotent in solving the great problems which have confronted men for many centuries. Why is it we seemingly made no progress in this intense struggle that is our life? Our attention now is focused upon one verse of Scripture, Ephesians 6:17, which occurs in the midst of a great call to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might," (Ephesians 6:10).

Relevant Prayer  ( Ephesians 6:18-24 )  Daily Devotion

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18a).

Advice when Attacked  ( Ephesians 6:18-20 )  Sunday Message

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We are drawing near the close of our study in Paul's great exhortation found in Chapter 6 of Ephesians, beginning with these words in Verse 10:

Finally, 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 wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11 RSV)