Resources on Ephesians

Chapter 4

How your kindness can change everything
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 31, 2018

Several years ago, I was preaching one morning on today’s Scripture, and we had a big hiccup in our sound system. The microphone was popping, squealing, and screeching. Needless to say, I was very frustrated with the whole situation.

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What it means to live your new life
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 30, 2018

One of my very favorite stories from the Scriptures is the story of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus. Lazarus was sick. Jesus found out, but waited until four days after he died to come. Upon arriving, Jesus ordered that the stone be removed from the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

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Chapter 2

You're saved by faith...now what?
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 26, 2018

There was a president at a very prominent U.S. university several years ago who spoke about his personal faith at a graduation ceremony. He said, “Ever since the day I received Christ, the rest of my life has been a P.S. to say, ‘Thank you Lord, for saving me.’ ”

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Chapter 5

Battle of the Sexes
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 11, 2018

I suppose there are some today who would love just to take their scissors and cut this verse right out of the Bible, but it's important for us to remember that submission is not merely for wives. Submission is for Christians, and the principle of reciprocal submission is introduced in this passage.  Paul is dealing with the spirit-filled life. 

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Chapter 3

Strength on the Inside
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 11, 2018

“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…”
 
—Ephesians 3:16
 
Have you noticed how so often we pray for material things and physical things? And that’s fine because God wants us to pray about those things that we’re interested in, and we can certainly come with our requests and our needs to the Lord whether they’re physical or material.
 
But we’re not to spend all of our time praying for material and physical things, but rather we ought to be praying for spiritual things, praying for the inner man, praying for strength on the inside. I’m talking about strength of character.
 
Have you discovered the fact that the Christian life is impossible? In your own strength it is impossible. We are totally inadequate to live this life on our own.
 
I can’t do it, and neither can you. But we are to be a channel of God’s blessing to the world. We are indwelt by the Spirit of God.
 
This verse tells us that we have all the riches of Jesus, and we can be strengthened by the Spirit in the inner man, the Spirit of God. The Spirit of Jesus Christ lives in you and He wants to reproduce and to release His life through you.
 
The Christian life is Christ in you, the hope of glory!

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Chapter 6

Start a prayer streak that will streak into eternity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 10, 2018

“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
— Ephesians 6:18

Parenting is a battle today. It may be tougher than at any other time in history to raise godly kids, and to be in the battle means to be in prayer.

God is calling forth parents today, moms and dads, who will be prayer warriors, parents who will develop the core values of our children’s lives through the power of prayer.

Because you see, prayer does change lives! And the life that you change will very likely be your own and the lives of your children.

If you want your children to succeed, pray that God’s will would be done in their lives on earth as it is in heaven. Rather than imposing our agenda on the lives of our children, pray that God’s agenda would be accomplished in them.

If you want to be a Hall of Fame mom…if you want to be a Hall of Fame dad, you just show up in prayer every day in the presence of God. Start a streak and start praying…not someday, not any day, but EVERY day you pray for your kids!

We need to be thinking not just about now, but those future generations…our children and their children and their children’s children’s children. We can have influence over the next 100 years or more! How? Praying for our children and our grandchildren!

Start a prayer streak that will streak into eternity.

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The miracle-working power available to you.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 29, 2018

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
 
Ephesians 3:14-16
 
If you could ask God to perform one miracle in your life today, what would it be? Maybe you would ask Him to put your marriage back together. Perhaps you would ask God to bring home a rebellious child. Or, maybe you’d ask for physical healing or a financial miracle.
 
Do you believe God can work those kinds of miracles in people’s lives? I do. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). But sometimes I think many in the church today look at the great stories of the Bible and wonder, “Does God still work powerfully today?” 
 
Maybe you’ve even thought, “Well, God’s a lot older now and He just doesn’t do the things that He used to do way back in biblical times.” But let me tell you that this line of thinking is not correct. In fact, you and I have more of the power of God at our fingertips today than many of the heroes of the Bible ever did because we have the Holy Spirit living in us!
 
So whatever difficulty you’re facing, never forget that God is still in the business of doing miracles today and can do one in your life!
 
As a believer in Christ, you have God’s miracle-working spirit inside of you. So whatever difficulty you’re facing today, trust that God can do a miracle in your...

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Chapter 1

Seeing and sharing the things of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 14, 2018

For 51 years, Bob Edens was blind. His world was full of constant darkness and for 5 decades he had never seen the light of day. But one day, a miraculous surgery was performed and for the very first time in his life, he saw. 

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Warfare Prayer for the Soldier of the Spirit.
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 6, 2018

As we celebrate the 74th anniversary of D-Day — a pivotal day for the Allied forces in the thick of World War II — I’m reminded how this historical moment wouldn’t have happened without the courageous Americans who responded to the call to serve their country.

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You are God's work of art
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 12, 2018

Men are often told to “get in touch with their feminine side” in order to be more integrated and sensitive human beings. But what we really need… men and women alike… is to get in touch with our spiritual side! And Simon Peter is a great example.

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Are you willing to live for your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 17, 2017

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

—Ephesians 6:4

America is in danger of losing an entire generation of young people. Why? I believe it’s because of a lack of male leadership in the home.

There is a war against the family with high stakes. And the key to winning this war is leadership. We need men to enlist in the war on the family.

Now, if you are a dad, I know you’re probably willing to lay down your life for your children.

 

But my question to you is this: Are you willing to live for your family? Are you willing to sacrifice your life now for your children?

What our children need today is men of spiritual quality who are devoted to their families… real men who raise their children both with strength and sensitivity, and who are in tune with their children’s needs.

Here are a few ways to do this…

  • Give your child enough freedom to enjoy life without being overprotective.
  • Don’t show favoritism or compare your children to each other.
  • Offer encouragement, not discouragement.
  • Don’t force your child to be something he or she is not.
  • Spend time with your children. Show them you love them.
  • Never, ever be cruel.
  • Raise your children with strong spiritual direction. That means we’re to provide protection, correction, and instruction.

As dads, you and I should have a passion for excellence in parenting. We have the responsibility to bring our children up with the training and admonition of the Lord. They need to know about rewards...

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Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

—Ephesians 4:26-27

 

A few years ago, I read an article in the USA Today that talked about the devastating effects of anger. In fact, the article listed hostility and anger (especially in men) as dangerous to our physical health as high cholesterol and obesity!

 

Not only will bitterness chain you to the past, contaminate your personality, and color your relationship with Christ, but it will choke your productivity. This includes your physical productivity, your emotional productivity, and your mental productivity.

 

When you live with bitterness and anger in your life, you can’t be productive in anything you do. Your mind will be distorted and you’ll make all kinds of bad decisions.

 

What’s funny—and tragic—is that a lot of people call anger and bitterness something else entirely. They call it “righteous indignation” or their “sense of justice.” But I call it something else: sin!

 

When we live with the unrepentant sin of bitterness, it rips us from the inside out. And ultimately, if we don’t root it out of our lives, we become critical and cynical!

 

Take time today to look at your life and see if you are giving place to bitterness and anger.  If so, ask God to help you root it out so that you can live fully for our Lord.

 

If you live with bitterness and anger in your life, you will never be fully productive for Christ.

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Salvation
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 16, 2016

Heartitude
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 28, 2001