Sermon Notes 8/13 – Ephesians

 Paul’s Second Prayer
                                         Ephesians 3:8-13
verse 12 – In Whom – this is our position in Christ
verse 15 – the Christian family isa in 2 places: in heaven (those who have died) and some are on earth
-we change families when we are saved….we are now a part of the family of God
verse 12 – Pray with BOLDNESS – with a strong authoritative spirit
-it is lifting up our voices to the Lord
-Friendship Breeds Boldness
               – Pray with Confidence and Faith
-this means to be completely persuaded
vs16-17 – Paul prayed that our inner man (the soul – emotions and our thinking)  would be strengthened
dwell – comes from 2 words – DOWN AND HOUSE…
-when Jesus saves us, the Holy Spirit is DOWNLOADED into our HOUSE (our bodies).  We are temples of the HOLY SPIRIT…
V13 – Tribulations
-tribulations – means to squeeze; crush; great pressure; hardships; pain
-this refers to us being able to be strengthen when we face tribulations
1. Tribulations will come – Acts 14:21-22 & 2 Corinthians 11:22-28
-tribulations is plural – we will suffer many trials
-tribulations come when we do everything right
-do right even when things go wrong
2. One of the Lord’s favorite words is THROUGH – Ps 23:1-4 & Isaiah 43:1-2, 15-17
-If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it
3. Never allow our feelings to be the only voice we listen to – 2 Peter 1:4 & Genesis 1:1-2 & 1-29
-Feelings will lead us away from the lord and His Word
-Listen to the voices of the Lord and His Word – GOD SAID
-we have Bible promises to stand on during times of tribulations