June 13, 2010

All Things Wise and Wonderful: Discovering the Riches of Christ (Introductory Lesson)

My heart is so full as I write and record the message for today. You have been in my prayers each and every day. Your words of encouragement, your excitement, and your commitment have blessed me beyond measure. How I wish we could all gather together in one place for our lesson so I could see each one of your precious smiling faces. But this is how God has chosen to bring us together, and I know He will be at work in and among us!!

Below please find our Introductory Lesson.


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Reading Assignment: Read Ephesians Chapter One. If you would like some background on Paul and his role in Ephesus, read Acts Chapters 19 and 20. In our lesson, I share tips on how to approach your homework and your time in God’s Word.

Homework Questions: Please do as many questions as time allows. Your time reading and studying is when God will do His greatest work!

Prayer:

Father God, as we begin a new study of Your Word today, we come before You acknowledging You as Lord of our lives. If we have places of pride, self-pity, worthlessness, rebellion, fear, doubt, and unbelief, we surrender them to You today. Lord, we invite You into the secret places in our hearts, the places we never want anyone to see. Father, it is only in You that we will find our true value and worth. Help us take our eyes off ourselves and what the world wants and thinks of us. Fix our eyes on You and You alone. Open the eyes of our heart to understand the marvelous Truths in Your Law. We pray for divine Wisdom, Knowledge, and Revelation, the kind that will change our lives. Father, we want our lives to be different for the time we will spend with You. Change our hearts, O God, make them ever true. Change our hearts, O God, make them more like You!!!

1. Let’s have a bit of fun before we begin. If someone gave you $10,000, and you had to spend it in one day (no saving it you frugal girls), where would you go or what would you buy?

2. Read Acts 17:24-28. Share what these verses tell you about…

a. God

b. what God provides

c. why God provides it

3. Read Ephesians 1:4-5, Galatians 4:1-7, Colossians 1:21-22, and Romans 8:17.

a. What do Galatians 4:3 and Colossians 1:21 say about a believer’s status before being adopted into God’s family?

b. Share what God did in Galatians 4:4-5, Colossians 1:22, and Ephesians 1:4-5 to change a believer’s status?

c. What does Galatians 6 tell believers they receive as God’s children?

4. Let’s dig a bit deeper. Read Ephesians 1:6 and Romans 3:23-26.

a. What exactly did God do to change our status (Ephesians 1:6a)

b. Read Hebrews 9:18-27. Why was the shedding of blood necessary? What happened as a result of that action? (Ephesians 1:7)

5. In Ephesians 1:11 (New Living Translation), Paul says that because we are united with Christ, we will receive an “inheritance from God.” What is this inheritance?

6. In Ephesians 1:13, Paul explains that when the Gentiles believed in Christ, He identified them as His own. How did He identify them?

7. According to Ephesians 1:14 and 2 Corinthians 1:22, what does the Spirit guarantee?

8. Let’s go back and read Ephesians 1:7. In this verse, Paul tells us that God purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sin.

a. Do you live as if you are forgiven, or are there places in your heart where you have not forgiven yourself, and, thus, have not received your heavenly Father’s forgiveness. Will you search your heart right now and ask your Father to show you where you are holding on to things from your past? Invite God into those places and allow Him to wash the powerful blood of His Son Jesus over your heart. Accept His forgiveness and live in the freedom of that forgiveness.

b. Do you have a place of unforgiveness in your heart towards someone else? Scripture clearly teaches that God will not and cannot work in a heart that is in bondage to unforgiveness. Search your heart. Submit your spirit, your pride, and your right to be right to the Lord. As a first step, ask your heavenly Father for forgiveness for holding on so tightly to your unforgiveness. Then take a second step toward forgiving the person against whom you harbor unforgiveness. This will look different for every one of us, but take a step and watch what God will do!!

9. Read again Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in 1:15-23. With this prayer, Paul prays for fresh and profound spiritual experiences for believers. He invites God to do something supernatural and amazing. Friends, this is the kind of praying that can truly change lives. What tugs at your heart as you read Paul’s prayer?

10. Read 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16.

a. According to these verses, Who was the source/author of Scripture?

b. How did the authors receive what they wrote?

c. Fill in the blanks below.

According to these truths, the revelation of God’s Word into our heart is done by the

____________ ___________.

11. Read Proverbs 2:1-8.

a. According to Solomon, how do we “get” wisdom?

b. Who does Solomon say is the source of that wisdom?

c. Read Isaiah 11:1-2. To Whom is Isaiah referring in these verses?

d. Practically, what must we do to get to know God better?

12. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays for the “eyes” of the Ephesian believers’ hearts to be enlightened so that they may know the hope to which He has called them. Here Paul refers to more than factual knowledge. “Eidenai” is factual knowledge, knowledge about God rather than knowledge about being in relationship with God. Here Paul desires for the believers to really understand what it means to be in relationship with God and all the benefits that flow from that relationship.

a. According to 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, can everyone understand this knowledge? What is the message of the Cross to those who don’t believe according to verse 18?

b. Explain why the Gospel message seems foolish to natural men.

c. Read 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 and describe what God has done. Why did He do this?

13. In Ephesians 1:19, Paul prays that the believers would know God’s “incomparably great power” available to those who believe. Paul wanted to be sure that we as believers know that the extraordinary divine force by which God raised Jesus from the dead is the very same power that lives and is at work in us today. Do you grasp the enormity of what that means in your life today, sweet friend?? Do you have circumstances that seem desperate and hopeless? Do you have trials and struggles in your life from which you just can’t believe God is big enough to rescue you? Reread this verse and share how KNOWING, BELIEVING, PRAYING, and APPLYING this Truth could change your personal circumstances today.

14. Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:19-22 are some of the most moving and powerful in Scripture.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

Paul wrote this prayer to give God’s people HOPE. No one and nothing is greater than our God! There is no circumstance too big that our God is not bigger! Whatever it is you are facing, He is able…He is enough…He is sufficient.

a. What does it look like for you personally to live as a person with hope rather than without hope?

b. Paul calls us to know the hope to which we have been called. How does knowing that hope, Paul’s prayer, and the power discussed in Questions 13 and 14 impact your current circumstances?

15. How does Paul’s prayer compare with how you typically pray?

16. Which of the things Paul prays for do you most need to pray for yourself?

17. Will you write a prayer today inviting the Lord to do a mighty work in and through the power of His Holy Spirit in the area of your life He has brought to mind? I am sharing an example below. Please write your own prayer or if you are new at writing prayers, then use this as a model and edit it to fit your circumstances.

Heavenly Father, today I bring my marriage to You and surrender it at the foot of the cross. It seems that everything my husband does irritates me. It seems I never see the good in him. My words are critical and biting. My heart is hard. I know I hurt him and even more, I hurt You everytime I speak, and even think, words of disrespect. I feel so unworthy to even come before you.

Yet you love me. Even when I am not living in a way that pleases You, You love me. You pursue me. You patiently wait for me… waiting to draw me back into perfect fellowship with You, lovingly speaking to me through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that Your Word is TRUTH and that there is Power in Your Word, power to change and transform. Thank You that I can live in the power of Your Holy Spirit and that I can do all things through You Who strengthens me. Please take what I have committed to You today, Father, and do a mighty transforming work. Change me, mold me, and shape me to be the woman You created me to be. Open the eyes of my heart. Sear Your Word into the deepest and darkest of places so that I can change and be more like You. I love You, Lord. Thank You for all You will do in my life this year.

I will be praying God’s promise from Isaiah 55:11 for you as you open the pages of Scripture.

It is the same with my Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Please remember to share your thoughts by leaving comments on the blog. This is how we learn and grow from each other!!

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Runner Mom says:

    Mercy! I just hopped over to see what you had been up to! Wow! I am so excited. Will pull out my Bible tonight and begin reading. Love the questions! Thank you Wendy for being so obedient to follow Christ's will. I didn't get an email…did you try carolinahoods@charter.net? If not, please don't worry about me…I'll be sure to check.
    Love ya!
    Susan

  2. Anonymous says:

    Me too! I just stopped by to see if you had posted anything about the Bible study. So glad that I did! I didn't receive an email from you. My email is marthasmith1971@yahoo.com. Thanks for doing this study! I love the book of Ephesians!
    Martha

  3. Hi Wendy! I did not get an email as well. I tried to click on the "contact me" link but it sent me to an error page. My email is prshacklock74@gmail.com. I'm really excited about this study! Thank you.

  4. I am one of the people who did not get an email from you – but when I click on the 'contact me' button I get an error message.
    My email is fourkerwins@sbcglobal.net

    Thank you! Kathy

  5. Kimberly says:

    Hi Wendy:

    I just decided to go to the blog and WOW, the questions are awesome. Thank you for the bible study. Also, I did not received an email as well.
    My email address is kim20jeff@yahoo.com

  6. Hi
    I didn't receive an email My email is: mimi.donna29@gmail.com
    thanks Donna

  7. Hi Wendy! I did not receive the email either and I also get an error when clicking on the "contact me" link. My email is krpoovey@charter.net. Thanks so much for leading this study, I'm so excited!

    Thanks!
    Kristie

  8. Nancy M. says:

    Fantastic! This ain't gonna be some glossing over of Ephesians, we're gonna be having us a STUDY! Woo-hoo!!

    I didn't get the e-mail, & I got a 404 error on the "contact me" link, so here's my e-mail addy…

    ngoodlive@gmail.com

    I'm holding off 'til tomorrow… really… {walk away from the computer, Nancy… slowly walk away…}

  9. Mary B. says:

    my email did not come and your link is not working. Let us know how to contact you to give you the right email to try again! Thanks!

  10. We are digging deep into the Word, but isn't that where you find the hidden treasure?

    Off to studying!

    Thank you for sharing your time,
    Tammy

  11. Hi Wendy
    Thanks for your heart for all of us…I am a small group leader and we break for the summer, however, I have asked the ladies in my group to be a part of this study. I am excited about the possibilities. I did not receive an email…juliepoland@sbcglobal.net. I can not begin to comprehend the work that will go in to providing us with these lessons. God is using you in a mighty way…how exciting for you!

  12. I did not get an email from you. My name is Debby and my email is sapperd@gmail.com

  13. Anonymous says:

    Very excited to be a part of this study. Can you please add me to your email so I can get caught up? My email is ridgek@hasd.us and my name is Kathy.

    Thanks! Looking forward to a great time together.

  14. Tabitha says:

    Hello, I would love to join your study!
    tcooked@gmail.com
    Tabitha

  15. Lynn - JnL4God says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I didn't receive the e-mail
    jnl4God@live.com

    Thanks,
    Lynn

  16. ritcheyc says:

    This is my first "official day of summer" as I am "off" from teaching, and what a great way to get my summer off to a fantastic start. Got through the first 11 questions as I started into the study. I've been part of several Bible studies but this will be good for me to keep coming back to during the week, working and reading at my own pace, not tied down to an hour of hopping through the Bible – it takes me reading several times through to ponder verses, etc. I may be naive about this but the one question that keeps popping into my head is "if believers are already chosen by God, what about those that we, as Christians, are praying to win to Christ? Have they not been chosen and are they not pre-destined?" Or are we all called to be believers,(chosen, pre destined) but some just haven't "picked up the phone yet?"…

  17. Looking forward to the study. Thank you so much. Will be back to comment after going through the questions this week.

  18. Wendy Blight says:

    Hey girls,

    I am so sorry for the e-mail issues. Perhaps it is because there are so many addresses that many of you are not receiving them. They seem to be correct on my spreadsheet. Please be patient with me as I work through the e-mail addresses. I will try to always update you on the blog with any changes.

    Prayed for a fresh Word from the Lord for each of us as we begin to open His Word and study together!!!

    In His Love,

    Wendy

  19. Heather B says:

    I am very much looking forward to reading the first chapter and reflecting on all of the homework questions.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I know you are going to think this is a "Bible" answer.

    This is a conversation I have had with my husband. If we won a large amount of money in the lottery, what are some of the first things we would do. His answer was to buy a Corvette and a new Camaro. (He is a car man.)

    My mind follows my heart. And my heart would overflow to our local rescue mission for men and women. The members of our church that have gone to other countries as missionaries that need financial support and the building fund for P31.

    This is an honest reply from my heart. But if I had to use the money on myself…..what girl wouldn't go for a day of pampering. Clothes, shoes, jewelry, massage and pedicure.
    Angie

  21. Anonymous says:

    I have to share with you – I honestly feel the Lord speaking through you directly to me…just in the intro video this morning – the Lord is awesome! So looking forward to this study!

  22. ssfincher says:

    Hello, I would love to join your study!
    sherry@fincherhome.com
    Thanks
    Sherry

  23. Wendy, God led me to your blog this morning after an important conversation with my husband. God was working through that and His words have continued as I read through your blog and I know that will continue as I move to His word. Thank you for sharing, encouraging and speaking truth!! I was still trying to decide if this was what God wanted for me and honestly thought my plate was full, but the events of the morning have confirmed Ephesians is where He is leading me. Thanks for helping Him point that out. BLessings to you, I'm looking forward to what the summer holds. I also wanted to tell you, your lottery devo has spoken to me in big ways as well. Your story really reminded me His plan is better and to trust Him and be content with where He has me…long story, so just know You were used!! Off to print off the study, Jill jillberan@yahoo.com

  24. OMG! is all I can say!! this is my FIRST EVER bible study (I have been to shy to attend one at church) Something I need to learn to overcome.. but that is another issue.. I just got done with questions 1-8…and I have learned so much just from these 8 questions, AWESOME! Thank you Wendy and Thank you GOD for bringing Wendy and this bible study and this Blog to me.. I might sound dumb and I am sorry!! I usually never write anything either (for fear I will be laughed at)!! but I am:) One step for me! YAY! Love to all and good luck!

  25. My Everyday Hope says:

    Wendy,
    I am so excited to begin this study with you, and I stand in agreement that I will be changed more into His image through this time in Ephesians! Please add me to your email list: ebrooks777@hotmail.com.
    Also, my Bible study group wants to do this study, but we still have 2 weeks to finish on our previous study. I'm concerned about overlapping two studies, because some of the women are brand-new believers. Have you thought about putting the videos up on youtube or some other site where they could stay up? I know we can do the six week study, but I don't know if we can start right away. Thank you, and God Bless!

  26. Kimberly from NC says:

    Just watched the video and am excited to get into answering the questions. I am really glad to be a part of this study. My life is turned upside down right now, so this will help with perspectives, I hope! God Bless all, and Thank you Wendy, again:)

  27. Danielle says:

    I am so glad I jumped on Blogspot and saw that you updated! I almost forgot about today, and I'm another who didn't get an email. But that could be because I've changed email addies. I thought I said something, but now that I look back at other posts, I think I'm wrong.lol That happens alot!

    My old email addy was endeavor2@bellsouth.net… the new is sojournerdkj@yahoo.com

    Cannot wait to get started!

  28. Wendy thank you for being faithful to God & where He is calling you to be.

    I was at 1st a bit overwhelmed with the amount of questions. Then [thank God for His wisdom] I realized I don't have to do them all in one sitting! I plan to do 2 or 3 a day. This way I'll have them all done by next Monday.

    Blessings & Peace, Mary

  29. nmc_turtle says:

    no email either
    nmc_turtle@yahoo.com
    thanks,
    Neisha

  30. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I am so excited to start this bible study, I pray that all the women involved in this study will learn, grow and Christ's love will shine through. I did not receive an e-mail either.
    jgirl42@sbcglobal.net
    Blessings,
    Jodie

  31. I didn't receive a e-mail either. rvrosebk@comcast.net

  32. I did not get an email either. Am so excited in regard to this study. My email is stensg01@students.ipfw.edu.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy,
    So I wrote a comment about how I wanted to thank you for doing this blog . . . I am a bible study facilitator/teacher whose group breaks for the summer. I am also one of those people who needs the discipline of a study to stay in the WORD daily for study, not just reading. I commented that I was so pleased that the Lord decided to place me in this exact place and time (Acts 17:26) so that through technology, I could participate with women from ALL over the world and study God's WORD together. Then when I tried to post my comment, my computer went down and I was frustrated to say the least. Tell you what, as I was giggling at the irony, I decided that the enemy would not take this gift from God and turn it into a frustration. Hehe

    I also wanted to share that I love to "pray" scripture back to the Lord. After all, His words are perfect. When I pray before I study, I pray Ephesians 1:7 and Luke 24:45 . . . Father, grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know You better and open my mind and my heart, so that I may understand Your scriptures.

    Resting in HIS arms,
    Jody Hill

  34. faithWalker says:

    Wendy,
    Good news…I DID receive the email! :) Thank you so much for your time and commitment to us.

    Deb

  35. MargieAnn says:

    Do you think that the richness of our faith is there for us and that we simply miss it so often? That we need Bible studies, friends, folks such as Wendy – our chief encourager here, to help us cultivate our "soil" – our faith, our relationship with God – as in the story Wendy told about the man who had all the oil right there but needed help in getting to it and making it something for him?
    Happy "gardening" to all and may you – we! find the right tools to cultivate our areas of Earth and soil – hidden perhaps for us often each day as we busy ourselves with all the trials, triumphs, and trappings of life- as we seek to nourish it now in this Bible study and to reap the benefits of richer "soil", richer faith, richer life.

  36. Beauty4Ashes says:

    Hi Wendy!!
    I have been looking forward to this study all weekend! Time to get into the Word.. our Bread for life =)

    I checked my email for info & didnt see anything yet so I'll leave it here as well…stillybee7@gmail.com.

    Waves hello to all the sisters in the circle!Bee blessed =)

  37. Anonymous says:

    i didn't get one last night either. slapoint@bendbroadband.com
    thanks! have a great monday! ~susannah

  38. Hey Wendy,
    Loved the intro video this am, already read Eph 1, now to the home work this week. I so need this time! I found your email in my spam box, good tip,.so others may want to look there too,

    Hmmmm, $10,000….considering my husband's been unemployed for over a year, there are many things to do with that. But I would pay off our one credit card, make a family trip to MT for my cousins wedding this summer and buy us a Montel Williams Health Master blender or a Vita Mixer. The left over money would go into the bank.

    That was a hard question to answer! Hopefully the next ones won't be :)
    Blessings and thanks for doing this study for us!

  39. Just wanted to let you know that I did recieve the email but it was this morning. Just finished watching the video blog and I am looking forward to reading and answering the questions. I am happy that I have a week becasue I don't want to be rushed to get through them.

    Thank you for all you do and for answering my email.
    Melanie

  40. Beauty4Ashes says:

    Update.. I did receive your email awhile ago Wendy & thank you! Printed off the questions etc and ready to start!

    What would I use 10 thousand on?? I'd give the first fruits of that right back into a home missions thing right in my community. The rest would go to further pay down a rather huge debt that haunts me since the suicide death of my husband. I ask for prayers for all of us left behind by suicide loss. Isaiah 61:1-3

  41. Grammybks says:

    I got your email today and have printed off the questions. I am excited for this study and thankful for you. Our church Bible study has taken a break from studying Revelation and is now doing discipleship and the Book of Ruth for the summer. I love Ephesians and this will be a great study. God Bless you and all of us as we draw closer to the One who knows us intimately.

    Brenda S
    Michigan

  42. Anonymous says:

    Did not receive email until Monday mid day. My email is jlmjo316@gmail.com. As long as I get them, great, but if I don't I will check the blog on Monday now that we have started the lessons.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, Thank you so much for doing this Bible study! I've been looking forward to it since I signed up. I have gotten about half way through the questions, and need to break to start dinner. I will come back to it later tonight or tomorrow morning, because I'm already feeling God speaking to me. It always amazes me that God gave His only son, and gave us a Holy Spirit to dwell in us, all so a sinner like me could get to know Him better! That's an outstanding Father! PS- I didn't get the email, but I did send you my email address to the link you provided today on the blog. Thank you for all your hard work!

  44. Wow, what a great study. I love how in depth the study is and how we are really digging in God's Word. This is awesome! Thanks so much!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Two thoughts as I look over my answers to the first few questions. First, is that I would blow the money on things I want then give to the church and charity. What question 2 reminds me is that God provide us life, breath, and everything else we need. If we put God first He will provide for us everything that we need. He will work it all out. Second, some of the selected verses describe how God choose us before Creation. That thought is so big it's hard for me to wrap my mind around. I do believe that God has a plan for me, but to think it's all part of this grander scheme, makes me feel small and insignificant. I pray that God help me know and understand that what ever task or role he places before me is important.

    Andrea
    Wisconsin

  46. Wendy Blight says:

    Hi girls,

    I just LOVE reading your comments on the homework. It is wonderful how you each approach it differently…some diving in, some waiting, some doing a few a day. That is what is great about an on-line study.

    Also, if this is your first study, just do what you can. Do not get discouraged if some questions seem to0 "hard" or overwhelming. Remember to invite God in to the process. He will help you through His Holy Spirit. He is your personal tutor!!

    With my money, I would take a trip with my family so we could all share in it together.

    Of course there is a part of me that would love to go on a shopping spree!!! Maybe I can get a few cute things for my trip.

    Keep commenting throughout the week.

    Wendy

  47. Terrilynn says:

    Hi Wendy. Wow, God is just so amazing … and always on time! I'd love to join in this study. Could you add my email address please … theological.thinking at yahoo dot com.

    Thanks so much!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, thanks for doing this for so many women! I'm sure you know how far this has spread into the world. The impact that this is already making is evident.
    God is using you as a tool to reach a magnitude of people. I'm praying for you to be protected with God's mighty hand and that every participant finishes this journey. Satan would love for even one person to drop out of this study…so ladies resist the devil and he will flee!!! That goes for me too!

  49. Anonymous says:

    I am so excited! Thank you so much for putting this together. I wanted to let you know that I did receive the email.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, I did get the email and I'm looking forward to the study. I'm very excited. Thanks. Sue

  51. I just did the first study, all I can say is wow, I really know that God led me to your site and to this study. God is speaking hope into my heart again and also a better understand of how BIG he is in our circumstances. Also, I have been a Christian for about 27 years and I know that there are areas that need to change in my heart and in my life and I SO want to live a life pleasing to Him, and he revealed many of those areas as I was answering the questions. There was also a peace in my home while doing this study something that I really have not had in quite a while, it was truly a God ordained time. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for all of us, I am looking forward to more! God bless you Wendy!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, If it's not too late, I would love to join your bible study. SusieQ1124@comcast.net
    Thanks for all you do!
    Susie

  53. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, thank you thank you! This Bible study will be an amazing thing. As someone else posted, I am a little shy at the idea of joining a bible study at my church for fear of looking stupid or clueless. Having this virtual small group, allows us (me) to be honest and open without fear of judgement. Not that there would be, that's all in my head, I'm working on that :) So thank you for allowing me to be apart of this study.
    Sorry I got a little off track there… anyways, after completing the study tonight I was so strongly reminded of the Lord's ability to "rescue" us. There are many times when I have put the Lord in a box and told myself my problems were too big or not significant enough for the Lord to resolve them. Or better yet, I could do it myself. A lie, I know. So tonight the reminder came at the perfect time. My husband and I are facing some finacial troubles and are at the end of ourselves. We have no more answers and are truly leaning on the Lord for "rescuing" like never before. I can feel the Lord washing His peace, comfort and strength over me even as I type. He is so faithful!
    Thank you again, and I pray that we all will be significantly changed at the end of this 6 week study! ~Ashley

  54. Lovin my Heavenly Father says:

    I am so excited about this study! Wow even with the introductory study we are digging deep. LOVE IT!!!
    1. I would want to pay bills off. If that is not allowed, I would get some new clothes and shoes for my family. My mom needs a new car.
    9. It amazed me when I first read about the power of the Spirit at work in and through us. The power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at God’s right hand. To think I have that inside me is very humbling.
    12. b. Human wisdom alone does not bring people to the true knowledge of God; that comes only through the message of the cross, which the world considers foolish, but which saves those who believe.
    14. a. A daughter of God with GREAT faith. It gives me such peace. It allows me to not feel I have to take it on myself and God is in control.
    b.I now know that the things in my life that I have been feeling God lead me to, he is going to work them out. (Even though I have been feeling anxiety because of the unknown.) Now I can go forward in peace.
    15. How does Paul's prayer compare with how you typically pray? I do not pray for others in such an endearing way.
    16. Which of the things Paul prays for do you most need to pray for yourself? For wisdom and insight so that I might grow in my knowledge of God.
    I can remember, about 4 years ago, I was sitting at home frustrated, wishing I knew how to truly study the bible. For the past 2 years I have found our Community Bible Study and we have study under many different women. (Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Kay Authur, Jennifer Rothschild, and now Wendy Blight.) I am so blessed through all of these women obeying God's calling and leading me to a closer walk with God. I am truly growing in my knowledge of God through the guidance of these women.(but I still have a long way to go, I am a slow learner, but God is working on me.)
    Praise You Father God!!!

    Devanee

  55. Anonymous says:

    I did not receive your email regarding the Ephesians study. My email is jillhuffman3@aol.com. Thanks so much!!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Girls, I just want to mention that the e-mail went to my spam folder. So if you didn't check that, it might be there. Then (just in case you don't know) there's a little box you can check that says "not spam" and if you click that it will go to your reg. mail and then all the rest of the e-mails will go to the right place :)

    Thank you Almighty God and thank you Wendy, this is going to be awesome!

  57. Hello dear sisters in Christ! What an amazing journey we are all about to embark on. Just think how pleased God is that so many of his daughters are so excited to come together & study the Bible like this! I am at a place in life right now where I really need this & it's amazing to read comments from many of you sharing how you were brought to this study. God's timing is awesome!

    If I were given $10,000 first I would give the first of it back to God and with the remainder it would be a toss up of either using it for some home improvements I desperately need to do or pay down some debt that seriously needs to be paid down, maybe I could do a bit of both.

    I can't wait to dig into my homework and to see how God speaks to each of this week! God bless each of you & happy study time!

    Kristie

  58. Anonymous says:

    Wendy: I got your email and printed off the questions. Wow! I'm so excited to dig in and get started. I am humbled by your research and depth into preparing this study for us. Bless you and thank you.
    I would spend the money on some home improvements and some labor for my sweet husband who takes care of our 5.5 acres by himself. I go off to the office each day and he is the homebody. He cleans, does laundry, prepares meals and runs our small horse boarding operation. He'd love to be the one going to work, but I'm the one the Lord provided a job for at this point, so we've traded roles. I am very blessed to have him as my husband.
    Wishing all of you a week of sweet time with the Lord~

  59. Ana Gilleylen says:

    Your model prayer fit my circumstance exactly. Thanks for your obedience. Please add me to the list: ana.gilleylen@yahoo.com

  60. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mrs. Blight for sharing such an enlighting story about us as Christians not really knowing about the spiritual gifts of Christ. I will be the first to admit that I know about but not realling understanding his gifts. Again thank you for creating such a study group for the word of Christ.

  61. Terri Bhat says:

    This is so great! I have been wanting an online Bible study — I live outside of Stockholm, and haven't been able to get into the city for women's bible study.
    I am amazed at the extent and depth of the questions and readings. Can't cheat on this one!
    I am looking forward to joining all these women every week no matter where we are!
    p.s. — you can add Europe to your list of places — not just Texas and Alaska ; )

  62. Only the most intimate Lord would take me at a time of loss and begin to heal me through a Christ-seeking husband and now a beautifully humble leader whom I've only admired from afar and the power of over 1200 sisters with the intent to show me His truest riches and hope! AWESOME! My take on question 1- God is powerful and grand beyond comprehension- He is Creator of all, lacking nothing. Yet at the same time He tenderly hopes I lovingly desire Him and searchHim out for the most intimate, personal relationship of a father-daughter and an intimate lover.
    b) He provides our every breath… our life… to all people and creatures. He gives us our allotted time on earth, He provided our home and our specific timeline to live.
    c) He provides this specifically in eager hope that I would seek Him out in true relationship. He wants me to do all of the detective work and the courting that I did when I was so smitten by my husband- I wanted to know more about him, I wanted to spend all my time with him- God wants this kind of attention… but MORE! He wants to be found so I can have the daddy-daughter relationship as well as the rich relationship of intimate lovers. He wants my everything.
    Thank you Wendy. God has been using a scalpel on my heart and you are a large part of the restoration that this "surgery" is intended for!

  63. Jeanette Fatigati says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I didn't receive the email. My email address is jeanettef@pacbell.net. Thank you and I'm looking forward to the study.
    Blesssings,
    Jeanette

  64. Tiffany says:

    As a couple of other people have commented I too struggle with shyness. I recently joined a Bible study/women's group at my church and have really enjoyed the weekly meetings but thus far have been too shy to speak up and participate. But I pray before each meeting for God to work in me and I know eventually I will feel more comfortable and confident and begin to speak what is in my heart and mind.

    Now to this Ephesians study, I'm doing a little at time in the mornings before my girls wake up.

    With $10,000 I would use the majority to pay down some debt. Then I would buy my husband, my daughters and myself some of the clothes and shoes, etc. we need. Also I would take my family on a trip/short vacation.

  65. Annette Weiss, Tawas MI says:

    How amazing to be able to read comments from all over the world! What an honor to be a part of this united adventure! Thank you Wendy, for being obedient

  66. Once again, another great read!! I am now thru questions 13! Taking my time and enjoying my reading.. and doing it during my quiet time too:) My little one is still sleeping:) Wendy, all I can do as I read, is Thank You for this!!! and wondering what will come next after this 6 weeks is up!

    My prayers are with each and everyone doing this bible study.. and A special prayer goes out to the ones who have commented on their shyness too (like me)!! it takes a lot to admit that you are shy and scared!! I hope we can oneday overcome that and allow GOD to take control and say "it is ok".. I will be waiting for that day… :):)

    Hope everyone has a BEAUTIFUL day!!!!

  67. Hi Wendy, I am technically challenged & I was wondering where I can access the Bible study questions so I can save them as I work through the answers. I am really enjoying this study so far, but it takes time for me to write the questions then answer them. So thankful to be a part of this study. Linda

  68. Hi Everyone, If I had $10K I would spend every dime on my teeth – I've been having some problems lately and need extensive work which cost more than I have – Please pray that God will help me find a way to rearrange my finances so I can get some dental work done – Thanks, Cindy

  69. Anonymous says:

    Hi Linda….
    The questions are right there when you log into her home page or right above this blog… If you find them.. highlight them with your mouse and then right click and hit the copy button and then I opened my microsof word and hit paste.. it copied them in there and then I printed them off.. 5 pages worth… better than writing all the questions down.. hope this works for you! :)

  70. Sylvia Basham says:

    Typing through tears….thanks Wendy.

  71. Hi All
    I have a question concerning #6. In Ephesians 1:13, How did He identify them?

    God will identify us by giving the Holy Spirit, which will mark us as His. (fruits of the Holy Spirit?)

    There seem to be marks of the Holy Spirit [Revelation 7:3] & the mark of the devil [Revelation13:16-17]. I wonder what that mark will be? Is it a physical or spiritual mark? In Rev 13:16 the mark of the devil will be on the right hand or forehead you would think physical but??? Then what will the Holy Spirit's mark be? Will the fruits of the Spirit be the 'mark'? Does anyone know what the Spirit's mark will be? Or is God the only one who will know? Thanks
    Blessings & Peace Mary

  72. Anonymous says:

    I am a high school math teacher, and have not had time for in-depth bible study for two years. As I sit here with my 25-year old, well-worn bible on my lap, reading the first chapter of Ephesians, I can literally feel God welcoming me back, with no condemnation. I feel His excitement for me to be in this study! His love for me is radiating off of the page. Thank you, Wendy.
    Lisa

  73. Vicky Roberts says:

    My daughter has told me so much about this and I am looking forward to this Bible Study… Vicky

  74. Anonymous says:

    Wendy,
    I'm very excited about the online Bible study and have posted the link to it over and over on Facebook and have emailed it to my friends. What a fantastic, non-threatening opportunity to learn about God! Thank you for your willingness to provide the study.

    Your prayer scared me! Asking God to come in the deep parts of my heart takes courage. There are some ugly things in there: pride, bitterness, unforgiveness, yucky stuff! So, before I could move ahead with reading Chapter 1, I had to reread the prayer and really mean it. I placed my name in it where appropriate and changed the pronouns. I really want to commit to this study and I want to change.

    After reading and praying the prayer, I read chapter 1. I love the way God can use the same passage and speak to people in so many ways! The verses on God choosing us really spoke to me. I have two children by birth and a neice and a nephew that my husband and I CHOSE to raise. Reading about God choosing us really got me thinking on the choice aspect of it. A lot of times I just assume God does things because He is God, He has to love. But the reality is, He chose us. He chose us knowing the laughter and the pain we would bring Him. He didn't HAVE to choose us, but He did. I'm so thankful. I'm in awe of an amazing God!

    Thanks Wendy for being a servant!
    Love,
    Kelly

  75. Jennifer says:

    I would spend 10,000 on a trip for my husband and I to go to the Virgin Islands. It has not be just the two of us in 6years! The rest of it would go to some house repairs.

    I too really connected with choosing us. Acts 17: 26-27 really tells me how badly God wants us to seek Him and have a relationship with Him. I like what Kelly said about how she just assumes God does things because He is God. I am the same exact way but I've never thought about it like that. Good stuff. I'm really enjoying this bible study. Thanks Wendy!

    Jennifer

  76. Gwen's Blog says:

    Wendy, thank you so much for the time and love you have put in this study. Like so many others, God led me to you and I praise Him. I too need the discipline of a study to keep in His word, so thank you.

    If God dropped so much money in my lap I think I would treat it as a gift and spend the money on things for family and fun. A once in a life time vacation for all of us would be awesome.

    I have done the first few questions, trying to absorb it all. What God showed me is that first He chose us, then He adopted us as His children. In Him we are accepted and by Jesus we are redeemed and forgiven. Then we are blessed. And in all of this, His plan, was done in love and bountiful grace. The Holy Spirit indwelling us was the cherry on top of God's wonderful plan and purpose for us. How humbling.

    I also love that HE and only HE set us in the place and time He wanted us to fulfill His purpose to His glory. This one blows my socks off.

    We do serve an awesome God.

    Gwen

  77. Anonymous says:

    I am so thankful that God brought my attention to this Bible Study! I really need it. I need to get back to my "first love" We do tend to be carried away by our problems in this Laodicean church period. Last year (from Sept. to May) I attended a women Bible Study at a church nearby. It was awesome. We studied the book of John. I am looking forward to this study and God is really speaking to me even through this introductory lesson. Wendy, your model prayer is perfect for me. I have been married for over 40 years, and some time I find my husband annoys me. We do get along, but I am too judgmental and it is only hurting me in the end. Thank you so much for your encouragement and doing it all for the glory of God. Thank you too all my sisters who are going to be help and encouragement for each other in this journey (iron sharpens iron).
    In response to Mary's post about the sealing of the Holy Spirit, I believe it is a spiritual sealing (in the church age), for God tells us to be circumcised at heart not in the flesh. But the mark of the beast would be bodily (on the forehead or on the right hand. Rev. 7:3 is referring to the 144.000 Jewish evangelists who are going to proclaim the Gospel during the Tribulation and God ask the angel to mark their foreheads. Because Satan always imitates he will have his followers marked on the foreheads or the right arm.
    May God bless you all.

  78. Anonymous says:

    In response to Mary's post about the seal, I believe that the seal mentioned in Ephesians 1:13 is the Holy Spirit. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, with the Holy Spirit, to have the Holy Spirit inside of us forever!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I'm Laura at: eaglesoar4031@msn.com and I didn't recieve your e-mail Sunday night. I just watched your video on this blog and am impressed and even more excited about this study. I just read a book titled "The Believer's Authority" taken from the first three chapters of Ephesians, so this goes rights along with it. God's timing is awesome!

  80. Anonymous says:

    It is very humbling to know that God has shared with me the "extraordinary divine force by which God raised Jesus from the dead" to live and work in me today! I feel that I am wasting that power by not fully using it every single day. You ask for us to share "how KNOWING, BELIEVING, PRAYING, and APPLYING this Truth" could change or impact our current circumstances. I do KNOW that the Holy Spirit dwells in me. I do not believe it every single day, nor pray as if I believe it, and regretfully I don't apply that knowledge. IF I did fully put the Holy Spirit to use as God intended me to, I am certain there would be great changes in my life and I could do great things for those people that surround me. Help me learn how to do this.

  81. Robin in VA says:

    I am so thankful to know God is directing my path. I try to use Proverbs 3:5-6 every single day. I know God has guided me once again to this study and I am so excited about what God is going to do during this study. Thank you Wendy for allowing God to guide you as well. The Proverb study truly was a blessing and changed my life so I am most definitely looking forward to this study. THANK YOU!!!!!

  82. Anonymous says:

    I did not receive an email

    My address is: 1holycow2@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Joanne

  83. Mammapig says:

    I am excited to be in a bible study, it has been awhile, it is hard to find someone to watch 5 kids while I go to a bible study. Let you in on a secret I have never read the whole bible or much of it at that so I am excited to start this. Now what would I do with 10k? Spend it….First I would get a new camper and get rid of the ones my husband has been refurbishing for the past two year. Then go on a long vacation with the family and pay back money to all those who have helped me since my husband lost his job.

  84. Wow! The first lesson and I am blown away!

    This first chapter in Ephesians is like water for a parched soul! And I love how Wendy has us searching scripture.

    Thank you Wendy for this study….

    One of the things that I always knew but never really related to until now was found in question 2c:

    Why God provides all men life and breath and everything else: He did it so that we would seek Him and reach out for Him.

    I feel like I have wasted so much precious time getting to know my Savior on a deeper level.

    Looks like that is going to change in the next 6 weeks!

    I, too, cannot wait to see how the Lord works in all our hearts during the course of this study!

    Blessings,
    Julie

  85. Anonymous says:

    Is it too late to joint this study group? Can you please email me at sasha.crumpler@coxhealth.com THANKS!

  86. This bible study is going to be great. I did not receive an email either. Please email me at dvolkman@bright.net.

  87. Jeanette says:

    Question 2:
    a. God made the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth, He has no needs.
    b. God gives life and breath to everything, He satisfies every need.
    c. God provided this so that nations would seek Him. We find our life in Him.

  88. Jeanette says:

    Question 3.a. Before being adopted by God a person is God's enemy, led by evil thoughts and actions, influenced by the world.

  89. robinjones says:

    This is a powerful reminder of who we are in Christ and the power that is available to us to live victoriously on a daily basis.

    Christ makes ordinary lives extraordinary.

    Thank you for this study.
    therealrobinjones.blogspot.com

  90. Wendy, for the first time in years I am twirling with excitement as the Spirit is working to soften my heart by your intro and prayer breaking through some rather tough barriers I have built from past traumas. I have commanded selfishly to understand and demanded the question “why?” be answered. I believe this study will allow me to fix my eyes on God and His Truths alone and this will be such an enormous blessing in my life toward healing.

    As for the $10,000 I would very much so give it to the programs that have ministered to people who have been victims of traumas and the impacts that it creates on the people that love them and their occupational and emotional capacity to survival. These programs are typically funded on donations and essential to people like my family who are going through the healing process. There is not much freedom at this point for fun days but with Gods hand at work in our lives that peace will arrive in His perfect timing.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Your sample prayer under #17 was exactly what I needed to pray for myself and spouse. We have been married for 45 years and are both believers, yet ever since he retired and sits around watching television so much, I find myself doing what the sample prayer mentioned. I need to move on, forgive him and ask the Lord to love him through me instead of me being disrespectful all the time. Thanks for the bible study. I finished it in one day but will keep going over it again until the next one so it all sinks in.

  92. Terri Bhat says:

    Question 4b about 9:18-27 and the old law of purifying the copies of God's things — His word, the temple, the covenant — had to be done by blood. I know it is at the core of my faith, but it is a terrible sticking point for me, and I don't understand it!
    I pray for myself and others with similar issues to truly be transformed in our understanding and open to God's word. Thank you for revealing this to me.

  93. Anonymous says:

    Yes indeed, Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
    Also all the covenants which God made with man were sealed by the blood. Just consider the marriage covenant, which is sealed when the hymen breaks.
    I also have a question:from Acts 19:4-6, about laying on hands and speaking in tongues, and Acts 19:11-16, about healing and casting out demons. I have never spoke in tongues nor know anyone who did. Can anyone commento on this. And about healing, I know that God can heal any disease, but what about these telehealers like Benny Hinn and there are a few others who make it sound like a show. Jesus never did this. When he raised up the little girl He only had in the room the girl's parents and Peter, John and James?
    My name is Josana and I really enjoy this study! God bless everyone.

  94. Anonymous says:

    I have really enjoyed this study so far. I just keep my laptop out on the kitchen table with my bible open and I find I'm drawn to it when it's sitting there looking at me!!

    One thing that has stuck out with me is "Eidenai"- factual knowledge. The statement about having "knowledge ABOUT God rather than knowledge about being in a relationship WITH God" has really gotten me thinking. How many times do I dive into a bible study or scripture to "learn more" factual things about God? All He wants is me. He wants to sit and have a cup of coffee with me like a sweet friend. That's how I get to know people, through intimate conversations and intentional time with them, not plowing through facts about them without emotion.

    Dear Jesus, may my time spent with you be like that of a best friend. You already know every part of me, now let me soak up every part of YOU by listening instead of talking today! Amen.

    Janell Hanback

  95. Cynthia says:

    Hi Janell,
    I feel the same way you do. I have an NIV study bible and love looking at all the facts – you are right – he is wanting fellowship with us – Thanks for pointing that out to me- Have a blessed day everyone.

    Cindy

  96. Anonymous says:

    I had a hard time stopping my questions this morning :). Thank you for your dedication to this study.

  97. sharonjo says:

    I have a burden in my heart and began praying Ephesians 1: 17, 18 over my sons about a month ago. Then about 2 weeks ago our pastor began to preach a series on the book of Ephesians, and now I find your study. I believe God has led me here and has wonderful truths for me in this book. Thank you so much for this. I have worked on the reading and questions the past two days and will continue. Please add me to your email list.

    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  98. Anonymous says:

    Commenting on Hebrews 9:18-27, I also get hung up on the "shedding of blood". I stopped and prayed that that I could understand and right then my eyes went to the explanation area of my NIV life application study bible. It said…
    "9:22 Why does forgiveness require the shedding of blood? This is no arbitrary decree on the part of a blood thirsty God, as some have suggested. There is no greater symbol of life than blood; blood keeps us alive. Jesus shed his blood-gave us life-for our sins so that we wouldn't have to experience spiritual death, separation from God. Jesus is the source of life, not death. He gave his own life to pay our penalty for us so that we might live. After shedding his blood for us, Christ rose from the grave and proclaimed victory over sin and death."

    Anyway, it helped me a lot to look at blood as a symbol of life, not death!

  99. Anonymous says:

    I am really enjoying this Bible study! I have read Ephesians several times but as we know the Word of God is alive & active so we can glean from His riches every time we read it!

    As I began doing the homework questions – I had to stop at #8 and ask myself…am I living as if I am forgiven? I thought that I was but as I searched my heart – the answer was no – I don't really think I am. First of all, I needed to forgive myself for things in the past and that's just what they were "things of the past" I realized that person in the past is not me anymore – I am a new person – a new creation! Jesus doesn't look at the past once we are forgiven so why should I? Thank you Lord for setting us free from the past! Second, once I searched my heart, I knew that I was not only holding unforgivesness for myself but for someone else also.I didn't realize it until now or maybe I just didn't want to see it. Wow! It is painful sometimes to look at your heart but when you know freedom awaits – it's so worth it! I spent most of my time releasing some things to the Lord and I know that it will be a process but I am so ready! Lord, I submit my spirit, my pride and most of all, my right to be right!

    Just curious…anyone else convicted by question #8?

    Then, one other thing that really stood out was the "greatness of His power" in 1:19 – how great is His power to help those who believe!!It's that same power that raised Jesus from the dead! It's His resurrection power! That's powerful! So, whatever it is that you are facing today…His power is GREAT enough to overcome!!

    Excited about next week!

    Blessings, Martha

  100. Anonymous says:

    Hi

    I too was very convicted by question #8 and it is truly a blessing to be able to release those things to Lord. I spent alot of time on that question too. I am so grateful to all of you that are participating in this study it is so wonderful to be able to discuss this with all of you and share with you.

  101. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Martha, question 8a and 8b, brought tears to my eyes. Those were very wonderful questions and the first step to opening our hearts to God. I enjoyed your comments. Julie

  102. Anonymous says:

    I am so amazed! This is the first time that I have participated in an online bible study and I am truly thankful for you taking the time out and sharing with us. I have to decided to take my time and really get the understanding of what Paul has written in Chapter One. Each day the Lord keeps revealing more and more to me through this study. Today what really touched my heart is the 18 and 19th verse. These verse really spoke to me heart about having a more real relationship with the Lord. Not a relationship that only explored the factual knowledge of His word but having an actual intimate relationship with Him. I have thought that the only way to have a relationship with Him was trying to grab more and more knowledge of Him. What the Holy Spirit pressed on my heart is no I am wrong. A real relationship is a relationship where intimate times are spent with Him. He showed me that I should spend time with Him just like I spend with my friends and freely talk to Him. Having this revelation of seeing God as friend and someone I can have an intimate relationship with and not having to please Him with searching for more and more ways to learn about Him is such a relief. I know that it is important to study the word of God but today I have learned that it is not just that. He wants my time!!!

    Thank you again so much. I am so thankful that the Lord has lead me to participate in this blog.

  103. Anonymous says:

    For severral years I was involved in several bible studies but due to health issues and becoming caregiver for my 97yr old mother, I am unable to attend bible studies. This is my first on-line study but I am very thankful God led me to it. God bless each and everyone involved.

    Fannie

  104. kristyb says:

    I did not receive the email. It is kristyb72@yahoo.com. Thanks so much!

  105. Denise Graham says:

    I also did not receive a email. Mine is dnsgraham7@gmail.com
    And I want to say thank you for doing this study. I have been doing a little bit every morning before I go to work. This is a very deep study which I find is so awesome. I also got a revelation on Ephs 1:19. Powerful stuff that we have that same power, the power that raised Christ from the dead!! That is a lot of power……….how awesome our God is.
    Thanks again to you Wendy and all the cyber ladies out there. This is going to be a wonderful summer.
    Denise

  106. Anonymous says:

    Hello fellow Sisters in Christ,
    What a honor to imagine all of us around the world diving in to God's word this way, all together. For me… first off, with the money..I would buy a Gospel bus for my church. A dream to go pick up kids on Sunday Morning and bring them to Sunday School and teach them about the love of my Jesus.
    And wow. Just quietly emerging myself in God's word makes me feel the love of God even more intensely. I prayed for God to show me the places in my heart that I have not forgiven myself. In my actions I can forgive myself but as I sit quietly with God it occurs to me that it is my sinful thoughts that I struggle with. Those negative thoughts of myself and yes of others who go contrary to my thinking or beliefs. I admit I have nasty ugly thoughts and although I don't act or speak of them they are still sin and they still bind me and make me a slave. I beg for forgiveness and find a refreshment in owning that sin, now I an let it go. I'm only half way though the study. God's peace to you all.

  107. ising4him says:

    I haven't finished the assignment yet, but I wanted to share one thing that jumped out at me from this first chapter. In vs. 4, 5 and 11, Paul writes how God chose us and loved us even before He created the world and how He adopted us in advance to receive the inheritance He has for us. I had to stop and think about how God, in His sovereignty, chose me and placed me right where I am. This isn't exactly new to me, but it really speaks to me at this point in time. He chose me even before time began. In all reverance I can say that this is a crazy kind of love!! It's just way too much for me to take in and yet all He asks is that I accept it. Amazing!

    And thank you, Denise, for your post. I read v. 19 over and over. But for some reason it didn't hit me until I read your comment. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is in us! Truly, we can do all things through Christ.

    Will come back again to read some more. Can't wait till Monday!

  108. Anonymous says:

    For those who were convicted by question 8, I have dealt with those in the past. Now as my husband, who is a new believer, begins to deal with it, I was able to copy question 8 and give it to him to reflect on. He is having such a hard time letting some past hurts and anger go. See this study isnt just for women all around the world. It is affecting the heart and lives of men too. Thank you for this wonderful study and look forward to what God has in store for each and everyone of the lives He touches through it.

    Mindy for Mesquite, Texas

  109. Wendy Blight says:

    You girls are AMAZING!! You are digging deep and really digesting His Word. I can hardly wait for the next week.

    SOME TEACHING ON THE HOLY SPIRIT IN RESPONSE TO MARY'S QUESTION….

    Mary, you asked about the mark of the Holy Spirit or the seal of the Holy Spirit. The word seal in Ephesians 1:13 indicates security, authentication and approval, and identification of ownership. God is the One who seals us at the very moment we hear and believe. The Holy Spirit is the instrument of the seal. "The Promised Holy Spirit" refers to Christ's promise in John 14:16 to His disciples that He would send the Spirit.

    In a sense, Mary, you are right about the fruit of the Spirit. The Seal is really a down payment with a guarantee of more to come…kind of like making a down payment on a house. We have an inheritance on earth as well as one to come in heaven. Really, it is a little bit of heaven here on earth. We receive the fruit of His Spirit when we are saved and sealed…love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. God desires for us to receive this fruit in all its fullness to enable us to do His Kingdom work on this earth.

    Hope this helps. It is my joy to participate with you in this study. I am learning from you!!!

    Sweet Blessings to each of you,

    Wendy

  110. Terri Bhat says:

    Thank you anonymous ladies for responding to my question about blood, and especially Jesus' blood. It is very hard to accept someone dying for me when I love them so much! I agree that question number 8 is very powerful, and enough for me today. Interesting to start another busy day with a big cry in Jesus' arms.

    Thank you so much, Wendy — this Bible study has already blessed my life, even though I am only half-way through the first set of questions!

  111. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this sweet, real community! It's always so tender to know I'm not alone in my frailties. With question 8, God gave me the revelation that although I had spoken the words, "I forgive you, everything is okay" to a few people, there are strongholds in my heart that the enemy keeps taunting me with. I don't share that with others, so I feel guilty and dirty inside and I don't live with the ultimate freedom Jesus died a horribly violent and tragic death for. Then oddly enough, I harbor unforgiveness for myself for this cycle. I honestly didn't realize the cloud I have been living in. This morning as I read Paul's prayer, for the first time I visualized him inches from my face saying each word quietly as he held my face to him. So many times I'll read things in 3rd person when I really need to be reading it in first person. There's so much- it's going to take me a while to revel in this awesomeness :) I am beyond blessed by this community! Love and huge blessings to you all today! xo noelle

  112. Danielle says:

    Ah! What a way for the devil to try and steal my blessings this morning! I had a long reply all typed and hit post comment… poof! Gone!

    *sigh*

    Know that I am already in love with this study and that I am searching my heart deeply for all that God is speaking to me.

    Wendy, you are such a delight and an inspiration with the revelation God has blessed you with. Thank you for sharing that knowledge and insight with us.

    I am praying this morning, Tender my heart, LORD.

  113. Jeanette says:

    Question 6: They were identified when they were given the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is validation we are God's.
    Question 7: The Holy Spirit guarantees that we will be given everything God promised. Also, that we have been purchased as His own. Giving us the Holy Spirit is the first example of what we'll be given.

  114. Anonymous says:

    I am love this study already!! :) All of the questions are great, but I am just going to post a couple. I don't know how to set up an account or I wouldn't post anonymously. :) So anyway!

    I am really glad you addressed question #8. Sometimes past regrets weigh heavy on my heart. I know that I am forgiven, but sometimes I feel like I shouldn't be. If it's something like someone hurting me or even me doing something I know I shouldn't have, sometimes those reminders get brought up and there I go again feeling shameful. However, I am learning more and more that it DOES NOT matter what you've done or who has hurt you. All that matters is that I am a child of the Most High and that just makes my heart dance all over the place. I am free in Christ and a new creation! I am so thankful for the Lord's grace and forgiveness!

    #13 also touched my heart. There is a song we sing in church that has the lyrics, "The SAME power that conquered the grave lives in ME!" That gives me chills every time! Ephesians 1:20 is an amazing verse. It gives me so much encouragement to know that when I am facing a troubling circumstance, I WILL overcome it because of Christ's power in me!

    Thank you for your study, Wendy. And thanks to all the other ladies who have posted responses! You're an encouragement!! :)

    Blessings,

    Julia

  115. So, I had this really long comment typed out, but it didn't go through for some reason. Bummer! Anyway, I'm loving your study so far and it's only the first week!! :) That makes me happy that we have more to go! Thank you!

    I am really glad you posted question #8. I think so many of us struggle with letting things in the past go. I know I do!! I have been hurt by people's actions and words, and also done things I regret. I am learning more and more everyday that I am a child of the Lord and no one or nothing can separate that. Nothing is going to come in the way of my walk with God. People's words are people's words, and they have no authority of me and my relationship with the Lord. That's all part of Satan's plan, to get us on his side and put in our heads that we won't be forgiven. Sometimes these past regrets weigh heavy on my heart, but I have to remind myself that I am a NEW creation and I am free in Christ! I am learning daily that I am living in the freedom of Christ's forgiveness! Great feeling!! :)

    Question #13 is another one I loved. It is so powerful to me to know that God's MIGHTY power is living inside of ME! I can't fathom it sometimes. In church we sing a song that says, "The same power that conquered the grave lives in me!" I love those words. It is so encouraging and such a refresher. When life gets me down and I know Satan is trying to get me to pull away from the Lord, THAT is when I need to remind myself that this great, mighty power is in me! I am able to overcome ANYTHING with that power in me. I love that!

    Thank you Wendy for your time in leading this Bible study! I know the Lord is going to do awesome things! This is my first online Bible study. Actually, I just created a blog account just for this. :) Thanks to all the other sweet gals who have posted responses. They are an encouragement to me. Bless y'all!! :)

    - Julia

  116. Tyler and Connie Boyd says:

    Boy is this study exactly what my heart needed – and what I have been searching for! I love that you have us going in to different books; you making us dig deep makes me feel smarter :)

    My response to the 10k? Kind of boring. I just quit my job and we're down to 1 income, so I would stock up on things that won't perish that we'll be needing, and buy stuff for the baby that's due in September (yesterday I realized we have not purchased or thought of purchasing even 1 thing as of yet!).

    The one thing that the Lord lead me to both in your questions (i split them up; 5 each day) as well as other readings and teachings I've listened to this week was forgiveness. There are a couple of things I have been praying about letting go of for since 06 & 07 and my heart just still felt them there. (that was my response to 8b and the prayer that I wrote for 17).

    As I was writing out my prayer and specifically listing those things I know I have been holding on to (that oddly enough have all been brought to my mind over the past 2 days – well not oddly, it's God, I know:) ) I felt my heart getting lighter and actually letting go of them. It was an amazing feeling and experience. Thank you Lord.

    Those would be my highlights of going through this week's questions!

    Have a great weekend – can't wait for next week.

  117. I did not receive the email, but remembered to find my bookmark to get back here – thank goodness! What an awesome study! I spent 3 hours this morning digging into all of this. I started a brand new notepad to keep all my thoughts together.
    On the $$, I'm too practical – I'd buy my husband a car with AC – I'd really love some shoes and clothes, though.
    I agree with another blogger: realizing we are a small part of the bigger scheme, and God knows everything already is intimidating. But he has a plan for us Jer.29:11

  118. Wow! I just popped over to see what was happening and found your big FULL post! Great stuff!

    I will have to get busy with all the questions. The first one is pretty sensitive for me.
    My family has struggled financially for over 2 years (when my husband walked away from a toxic pastoral position).
    I could think of a million ways to spend $10,000. And they would all be on NEEDS not wants!
    Then….I would want to use some to help ministry families that are barely making ends meet to serve Christ! They're not hard to find….talk to seminary students or young ministry families in your churches!
    It shouldn't be such a burden to work in ministry!
    Especially when churches want ministers to have that seminary degree! (How much do they think that degree costs? Not only in monetary but in time and work?)
    Great post!

  119. Noelle,

    I do the same the same thing! (Reading the scripture in 3rd person) I love how your remedied that and am going to do the same thing!

    Everyday I read the Chapter again- I want it to really sink in and I want to use Pauls words as my own personal prayer.

    I am so excited for next week! :)

  120. Question 8 was very introspective – I had to ask God to forgive for not forgiving myself for being overweight – I beat myself up terribly sometimes – These last 6 months I have lost 20 pounds and all my blood work came back excellent so I am doing something right – Now for the other part of that, who I need to forgive – I believe that would be my 19 year old son – he keeps making poor choices and I feel his future is bleak – I keep lifting him up to God, but I keep taking him back. I need to forgive him and move forward and use love and encouraging words to him.

  121. Anonymous says:

    This Study really spoke to me…I finished it over a span of two days, but God definitely spoke. As I was answering the questions, God began to tug at my heart in different ways especially in question 8. I realized that not only was I in need of forgiving some people in my life, but there were things that I hadn't forgiven myself in. I feel refreshed and renewed even now….I can't wait to see what else is in store in the next few weeks!

    Blessings,
    Rosa

  122. Anonymous says:

    Blessedjill…
    I'm so thankful to have a study online as I'm away from home for the summer and in Alaska with my husband's work…it is a wonderful opportunity to get to be part of this bible study with women all around the world.

    Thanks so much, Wendy

  123. I too have really been enjoying this study. I love the book of Ephesians, and God has been taking me back to 1:19-22 several times over the past few weeks, even before this study. I just sit and try to soak it in…that the same powerful spirit that raised Jesus lives on the inside of me. It also reminds me of Jesus' words to the disciples, that after He is gone, they will do the same but greater works than He did.

    To the girl who was asking about speaking in tongues and laying on of hands: Acts 2 is a good chapter to read to start with. A good resource to get information is Kenneth Hagin Ministries (www.rhema.org). If you will type speaking in tongues in the search box in the upper right, you will get several articles with information.
    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that is available to all believers, regardless of the denomination (although some haven't really taught on this). You receive a heavenly language that only God understands, not even the angels can understand it. At times when you don't know what to pray, the Holy Spirit will give you utterance. It is for self edification-to grow your spirit man.
    I hope this information helped :)

    Lisa in Oklahoma

  124. Rob Cheryl says:

    I had trouble with the what do I need to forgive question. 20+ years ago, after going through marriage falling apart and having a baby to care for, then starting the divorce proceddings, I started talking to our church minister. He was great and taught me how true forgiveness can lighten your heart and let God shine through! I always forgive quickly, it is just not in my nature to carry a grudge. Thank you for doing this study! I am enjoying it! God Bless!

  125. Terri Bhat says:

    I love reading everyone's comments!
    Answering question thirteen was also very powerful for me today, as well as 17 (just couldn't stop!) Wendy, do you want us to share the prayers we wrote? So far, this study has revealed to me that I
    - am afraid
    - haven't trusted God
    - don't think He can transform me, even though he transformed death into life
    - am a control freak! (I already knew about this last one)
    It's the beginning of a transformation summer — have a great weekend!
    Blessings –

  126. Terri Bhat says:

    Oops! My first comment didn't "take".

    I love this study, and look forward to reading the comments other people have as they go through it.
    Question 13 was also very powerful for me today, though I couldn't stop there but went on through to question 17.
    This study has already helped me to see three or four of my biggest spiritual blocks-
    cynicism (1 Corinthians 1:27-28)
    control
    lack of trust and belief
    confusion
    Thank you for helping me to KNOW, BELIEVE, PRAY and APPLY the truth…I pray the same for all my sisters.
    Terri

  127. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered that I feel some resentment toward God at times, because He has not changed my unbelieving husband. :(

    In actuality, He has changed Him in ways. Hub is very far from God, however. He has a lot of anger in his heart toward Him.

    Please pray for us.

    Thank you,
    L

  128. Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth says:

    Good morning, Wendy! :)
    I just finished the study this morning. LOVED it! Loved digging into God's Word — thank you!

    The verses that really got my heart in this were 18-19 – His incomparably great power – the same power that raised Christ from the dead! I am wowed by that.

    I am also thankful I can cry out and call out for wisdom and understanding (Prov. 2:1-8) as a mom. Boy do I need it! I changed your beautiful prayer and personalized it for me right now with motherhood. Oh I need His help moment by moment — especially during the summer days!! Training them up in Him has me in the trenches. I need His wisdom, understanding and incomparably great power!

    Love you!
    Praying His beautiful blessings into your heart and life and family!
    Sharon

  129. Tiffany says:

    Yes, Martha, question 8 definitely struck a nerve with me as well. I had long ago asked God to forgive me for my past, all my bad choices and mistakes, but had never truly been able to forgive myself for the hurt I caused my family from those bad decisions. The embarrassment and shame of the life I once lived were definitely holding me back. There have been situations fairly recently when my past has been brought up or put before me. I feel now that God was purposely doing this – not to make me feel guilty or ashamed for I know He has already forgiven and forgotten the moment I asked Him for forgiveness – but I think He did this because He knew I had not forgiven and forgotten myself. My past is exactly that – my past. And while part of me wishes I had not lived the way I did, I had not hurt those who love me most in this world, my past did lead me to the life I have now, to the relationships with my family I have now and to knowing and realizing just how amazing God truly is.

  130. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this inspirational bible study. my perspective is already transforming! Thank you for blessing me. How awesome our God is!

  131. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy and everyone! I just want to share that after this week's study I have a greater peace and I feel a renewed hope. I have mended some relationships. I have one person that I have not called yet, but I am praying that God will give me the words to say.

    Also, I see a pattern with us girls and the shyness factor. I think that God is going to open us shy girls up and we are going to bloom into beautiful, strong, and confident women for HIM. Only He can do it, we just have to seek Him and believe. I think that God has given Wendy this study to help women with whatever they may be facing. I am excited to be on this journey together!

    Love and prayers~
    Brandi Marino
    Alabama

  132. Anonymous says:

    I took Paul's prayer for the Ephesians in 1:15-23 and felt convicted to begin praying this particular prayer for my husband and children. Powerful stuff.

  133. Anonymous says:

    As I read Chapter 1 of Ephesians I became aware of the love and concern Paul has for fellow believers. His heart is true, his conviction is deep. His words encourage and uplift. I felt a sense of excitement and joy in his words and in my heart as he described God's plan of salvation for us.
    I love "The Message" translation of Romans 3:24. It says, "Out of sheer generosity He(God) puts us in right standing with himself… He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be. And He did it by means of Jesus Christ."
    Paul is thankful for those who have come to this realization and prays fervently for them to know God personally.
    Ephesians 1:11 says, "It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for." (MSG Bible)
    In Christ Jesus we find the answers to all our questions, solutions to all our problems, fulfillment for our deepest longings. The answers are far better than anything we could ever imagine. Before the foundations of the world God decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus! We are His children, we are His heirs. That blows me away!
    Paul uses words like immense, glorious and extravagant (MSG Bible, verses 18 and 19) to describe God's work in us and the life He has called us to live.
    Ladies this brings to mind another verse : "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Cor. 2:9 NKJV).
    If you deal with issues of self-worth like I sometimes do , Paul reminds us this is no small, insignificant lifestyle we are called to live. It is as Ephesians 1:19 says, full of "endless energy and boundless strength", which comes from Jesus Christ who is alive today, ruling, speaking and acting through the church. (MSG Bible) The church is us!
    We cannot forget how Paul's life changed when he met the Lord. He went from being a persecutor of Christians to being called by our Lord "a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel" (Acts 9:15 NRSV).
    Paul's life and conversion can serve as an example to us as we deal with issues from our own past and feelings of unforgiveness.
    Regarding question 8, like so many have written, I too struggle with feelings of regret from my past – time wasted, gifts and talents left undeveloped, priorities misplaced, seeking God's blessings in my life instead of seeking God.
    But isn't it a comfort to know that God's love for us is based on His goodness, His mercy, His kindness and His faithfulness, not ours!

    I am loving this study of Ephesians! Thanks to you Wendy and also to all my sisters in Christ participating in this study!

    Waiting for the One who began a good work in me to bring it to completion –
    Pax Christi,
    Patrice

    By the way, I would spend my 10k on a vacation with my son and daughter – a trip to Disney World and Yellowstone Park!

  134. Anonymous says:

    I too had been struggling with unforgiveness. I had written a letter to express forgiveness to my daughter-in-law. I also apologized for hurt I had inflicted unintentionally. Waited two months for response and began to harbor great resentment. God had been pressing me to call her and deal with it so healing could take place. Question 8 finally pushed me over the edge. We're back on track and can begin to learn to love again. As Isaiah 55:11 says" He sends out His Word and it ALWAYS produces fruit, and acomplishes all He wants it to!"

  135. Leebird says:

    Hi Wendy and Bible study peeps! I was out of town last week and the fact that this study was starting on Monday completely slipped my mind. I'm getting started right now! Wendy, thank you so much for getting this started…It's just what I need to make this summer vacation from my teacher job especially fruitful. I know the riches I will gain will fill my cup and prepare me to start back to work with fullness of joy. Love and blessings, LeeBird (AZ)

  136. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Wendy. I did not recieve the email either, but I did recieve the one that you responded to me with the questions. I had put a reminder on my phone, otherwise I would have not remembered. My email again is sarahelaine88@gmail.com I will keep trying to remember and check every Monday sometime. Thanks so much for being used by and for God! He gives us all the resources we need. We just need to trust Him and use them for His glory. Be faithful each one…

  137. Leebird says:

    Wendy, I read through the first chapter today in its entirety to give myself an overview and filled up five pages in my prayer journal. By the time I did that, I only had time to hit the first two of your questions. I will work on them tomorrow and Sunday. I love Ephesians! The Lord gave me a couple of "mental monuments" that I wrote about in my blog. Feel free to take a look if you'd like. http://prayergifts.blogspot.com/2010/06/redeemed.html

    Again, thanks so much for doing this! My email is leebirdmerrill@gmail.com for your records.

  138. Anonymous says:

    What would I do with 10K? Minimum of 1K split between 2 children and 2 missionarys I sponser in India and my church. The rest would go to my mortgage.
    Ephesians is already marked up in my Bible, now this study is gonna really do it in!! Thanks again, Wendy, God bless you! You and the LORD have really put together a great study!
    Beverly

  139. Anonymous says:

    Wow, so many comments to try to read through. I was skimming through to see if anyone had asked about 3C did you mean Galatians 4? not Galatians 6?what believers receive as God's children? Seems chap 4 is discussing this, not chap 6, but then I could be missing something. I am really enjoying delving into this chapter in such great detail, now if I only had the time to read all the comments too, they are awesome!Looking forward to Chap 2

  140. Hi Wendy,

    I would love to be a part of your online study. This is exactly what I need as I'm desiring to draw closer to Him. I've been wanting to join a local small group, but my schedule hasn't allowed it. Thanks so much for doing this…I know that this study is going to be a blessing to many wonderful women!

    My email address is yirsi@processingsolutionsplus.com

    Looking forward to being a part of this group!

    Blessings,

    Yirsi

  141. Wendy, thank you so much for giving us all this opportunity to share your study of Ephesians. God is good.

    If I was given $10,000, I'd be inclined to save it for our 5 year old's college education but, since you said "no saving it you frugal gals", here goes. I'd travel to Greece and Rome with my husband and our son. I think it would be awesome to see these ancient places and enjoy some of the Italian and Greek culture. Plus, I love Mediterranean food. It's awesome and usually somewhat healthy, unless you enjoy cannoli and Greek pastries like I do. :)

  142. You know what's crazy and odd to me? I have literally been brought from death to life 10 years ago. At 28, I was in top athletic shape but I went into unexpected heart failure. I flatlined on the operating table 3 times which correlated with the 3 out of body experiences I had. I was heartbroken that I never got married, never had kids and that my parents would lose a child. By God's "incomparably great power", I am Ryan's wife, Sierra's mom and I had the honor of being my parents' caretaker with my sister as they died. I've seen His power! I've tasted it… I've lived it… I swore up and down I'd never forget it… Fast forward ten years and I neglect to call upon His power and strength to get me through the majority of my days for all the small stuff: working, cooking, doing homework with patience… It's almost comedic… but not really :) Thank you for bringing Ephesians 1:19-20 to me!!!!! I guess sometimes I think God prioritizes and only gives His immense power to the "big" stuff. Duh Noelle! In the presence of a King, I can't ask for tiny gifts!!!!

    Molly- you made me laugh. Wendy really knows the hearts and minds of us "frugal gals"! It actually made me emotional- I laughed about it, but at the same time I am marveling in God's intimacy to show us our commonalities in this "small" group.

    Woohoo! Have a powerful day my friends!

  143. Anonymous says:

    Wendy, please include me in this bible study!
    My email is karcat57@yahoo.com.
    Thanks,
    Karen – central OR

  144. allison says:

    Just found this tonight!! Love it! Please include me in your emails: amorriso25@yahoo.com
    Thanks!!

  145. josanah says:

    Shalom ladies,
    This is a wonderful study!
    I was just reading a commentary of John MacArthur on Ephesians 1:3-14
    "This passage describes God's master plan for salvation in terms of the past(election, vv.3-6a), present(redemption, vv.6b-11),and future (inheritance vv. 12-14). It can also be viewed as emphasizing the Father (vv.3-6), the Son(vv.7-12, and the Spirit (vv. 7-12)"
    Ephesians 1:13-14 sealed…with the Holy Spirit. "God’s own Spirit comes to indwell the believer and secures and preserves his eternal salvation. The sealing of which Paul speaks refers to an official mark of identification placed on a letter, contract, or other document. That document was thereby officially under the authority of the person whose stamp was on the seal. Four primary truths are signified by the seal:
    1. security (cf. Dan. 6:17; Mat. 27: 62-66)
    2. authenticity (cf. I Ki. 21:6-16)
    3. ownership (cf. Jer. 32:10)
    4. authority (cf. Est. 8:8-12)
    The Holy Spirit is given by God as His pledge of the believer’s future inheritance in glory (cf. 2 Co. 1:21-22)"
    Also someone was asking about the question 3c. I think it is referring to Gal. 4:6, not Chapter 6.
    Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. I feel that I know you all. One day….
    May God bless you and keep you all!

    Josana

  146. Anonymous says:

    Just finished reading Chapter 1. What powerful words to know that God's strength, which raised his son from the grave, lives in me. I read those verses over and over, to actually absorb there meaning. If Christ is for us, NO ONE can be against us!!! Praise His holy name!!

  147. Anonymous says:

    Father, thank you for all the ladies in this group – for giving them the courage to open their hearts and share. I pray that through this study we would all continue to share and allow You to bring us to a new place of maturity. Give us a Spirit of wisdom and understanding today. Help us to understand Your ways more clearly and to begin to know You more intimately. Father, open our eyes to see a glimpse of the Hope in which You have called us and to know how very rich our inheiritance is in and through You. Most of all, give us an understanding of the greatness of Your power – Your power that is imeasurable & unlimited – Your power in us to overcome! Keep our hearts open and hungry for more of You and Your Word!

    Wendy, I pray that you would be blessed beyond measure for your obedience to do this study!

    I can't wait for chapter 2!

    Martha

  148. kwhitney says:

    I just had to leave this comment. I was reading Hebrews 9:18-27 and then also read verses 16 – 17 it talks about how in order for a will to take place death must be proven. God's will is to save us, give us grace, and eternal life. His death was proof of these things. The next verses talk about how without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. God's most precious gift for us was so perfectly planned. It is amazing that we have been choosen for this amazing grace.

  149. Hi Wendy,

    I love to listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss from Revive Our Hearts, and she had a guest on that talks about the benefits of memorizing *big chunks* of Scripture. She mentioned that her first attempt was the book of Ephesians, and what a huge blessing and benefit it was to her as far as not just having the Word in her head, but getting God into her heart. Anyway, here's the link to the first interview of three. (I just thought it was so perfect that this came the same week as our study of Ephesians!)

    http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/roh/today.php?pid=10581

  150. Gwen's Blog says:

    HI All..I am so enjoying all our posts! What an extended way to learn more about our Lord so that we can have that personal relationship we crave.

    I have read Ephesians so many times. It is one book in my bible that looks "used." Yet I never have understood this power that is in us that God used to raise Jesus from the dead.

    Well, by God's grace and opening my eyes, I read those few words that to me explained this power. Then it clicked in my heart.

    Paul said, "That power is like the working of his mighty strength…." All the verses about how we are weak and He is strong and not doing or going in our own strength, but in His flashed before my eyes. I get it! Thank you Father, for revealing more of You to us and thank you for the understanding of Your word through Your Spirit. In Jesus, Amen

  151. Marilyn in Mississippi says:

    Re:Question 9, Ephesians 1: 15-23…."What tugs at your heart as you read this prayer?" My answer: That I might receive wisdom & knowlege of Him (v.17), that I would understand and know the hope of his calling (v.18), and the exceeding greatness of His power (v.19)
    I didn't sign up for the Bible study but hope to do it anyway if I can.

    May God bless every effort to learn more about Him and His Word!

    Marilyn…in Mississippi

  152. Thank you ladies for the answer to my question on the seal of the Holy Spirit. I have a better understanding now.

    Wow this study is moving me, drawing me closer, & giving me new insights, to our might God! Praise You Lord for answered prayers, for the healing that is taking place, for the growth in You!

    As I have been answering the questions, I am reminded there is a battle going on in the physical & in the spiritual worlds. A comforting thought is in 2Kings 6:16 "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!' (NLT) Thank You God!!! Jesus dying & rising in glory was a battle that was fought in both worlds. He won. So all seem foolish to the world because laying down your life & rising for all, is just not something you can understand in the physical world. We need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes & ears to the deeper meaning of the spiritual world.

    Thank you Wendy for following where God leads you.

    Enjoy the weekend!
    Blessings & Peace, Mary

  153. Anonymous says:

    Like so many of you I also was convicted by question 13. It gave me such a feeling of relief to realize that the God of the universe is in control and I don't have to be. That amazing power that I have in me from His Holy Spirit can accomplish anything I need from forgiving myself and others to accomplishing something He has called me to do. This is an amazing bible study and I'm honored to be studying with all of you.
    Pam in NC

  154. Anonymous says:

    Question 13: I pray that I would more completely understand the "incomparably great power" and that the Lord would work in my life to reduce the anxiety I am battling.

  155. bkjacks77 says:

    Thank you for this Bible study and great questions! I have prayed this (Ephesians) for my children (college) for many years, and felt convicted about applying this personally… Lord Jesus please forgive me. It is my desire to listen & to hear, to see & to know & to truly believe & completely trust & depend in God's great strength & power – which belongs to each of us as God's child <><
    KathyJ

  156. Lynn - JnL4God says:

    Working through the questions, currently on vacation so might need to catch up a little. Really enjoying the truths I'm finding so far.

  157. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wendy I did not receive your email
    stosich@bigpond.net.au thankyou

  158. I still have to chuckle re: the first video. While you were speaking and said don't be distracted. I had my hands in the dishwater and trying to listen. I heard that and had to stop the video, finish the dishes and start over on the video when I could totally pay attention. Guess the Lord had you say that to get my attention. Thanks.

  159. This study has been such a blessing to me so far. If I had $10,000 I would help my son who is going on a mission trip for a year to Slovakia.
    I have a hard time grasping that God chose us before time began and that we are part of his plan.

    Thanks Wendy for all of your encouragement and for this study.

  160. Anonymous says:

    Everyone is probably commenting on study 2 now, I have just finished this one and am really pleased I have! Finishing and keeping up is my big fear with this study but I sooooo want to do it. God is speaking! God is drawing me in. I am hanging onto the promise that His word does not return to Him empty, and it is already packing a bag for a return trip!!! I love love love that…thank you for praying for me too Wendy and even tho we have never met in person, I am glad to have an 'older woman' teaching me a 'younger woman' how to step into each day with Jesus. ( I hope you do not take offence at me saying 'older woman' – it is wonderful for me to see mature faith in action, I am encouraged by this). Blessings to you today. Must go and get started on Study 2!

  161. Laura Lim says:

    Praise & thank God so much for you, Wendy, for taking time to share with us the deep truths in God's word to help us appreciate the gems that are hidden inside. I also like the cross references that help in understanding. Though I am behind in studies, but, thank God the Spirit tells me that the study is good for me, making me eager/enthusiastic & will transform me for His Glory & use.

  162. Anonymous says:

    I'm really enjoying particpating in the Bible Study. I feel I have got to learn to let go of my unforgiveness. I'm realizing that God has so many blessings in store for me but he can't reach me because my heart is full of so much unforgiveness. Wendy, your prayer at the of the first week's study was speaking directly to me. Your prayer lists everything I've been dealing with. I thank you so much. I feel as though a weight is starting to be lifted from me. God bless you and everyone participating.

  163. Anonymous says:

    I thank God for all you ladies and Wendy. I sat here and read a few of the comments. I had to go back to the first comment and I read all of them. This is truly a blessing. I feel I have so much in common with all of you. I thought the questions Wendy posted were great but I'm also learning so much from all of you. I've also sat here and cried because so many of your responses touched my heart and voiced what I feel and hold deeply inside. Praise God. I thank Him for this Bible Study and for each and everyone of you.

  164. Julie Church says:

    Love the prayer following Question 9. I'm going to print it out and read it every morning during my prayer time. Thank you, Wendy

  165. Anonymous says:

    Sorry I am posting so late for Week One Introduction but I just found out how to post (or rather, where to locate the posts). I have actually thought about Question #1 often (more along the lines of, "If I won the lottery"-that is, if I actually played the lottery :-) So I already pretty much had in mind what I would do with a windfall. If someone gave me $10,000, I would tithe, of course. With the remaining amount I would go around my city randomly handing out bills (maybe $10s or $20s) to homeless people living under bridges or standing at intersections with cardboard signs (I already do this but usually can only spare a couple of dollars that I might have in my wallet). I would also coordinate with local soup kitchens and homeless shelters in my community to provide necessary supplies and much needed food or clothing items. Or I would donate to the programs at my church. I know $10,000 would never go far enough but I can only what I can do with the amount I have.
    My husband and I have been so blessed. We are completely debt-free, thanks to God. We have already traveled all over Europe and parts of the Pacific. We have a very nice savings and we are both going to college for our Master's degrees courtesy of the Montgomery G.I. Bill. We are so blessed that I cannot imagine not giving all the $10,000 back in some way and "paying it forward" and blessing others.

  166. Anonymous says:

    Hello Wendy! I just came across your blog today and would love to join this study if it's not too late. I think it may be exactly what I am needing at this moment. bagoble@verizon.net is my email address. Thanks, Angel

  167. Kathy M says:

    Hi Wendy! I too would like to join this study if it's not too late. I saw something about it some time ago, but got busy with life and forgot about it while waiting for it to start. Obviously, God wants me to do it, because He reminded me of it this morning. My daughter and I thought this is a wonderful way to keep us all in the Word during the summer, when most Bible studies have taken a break. We also do the Prov. 31 Ministries Daily Devotions and email each other our responses. What I appreciate about this format is, even though she and I are separated by thousands of miles, we can do a Bible study together and we are able to catch-up with ya'll. No worries, I won't try to do all three lessons in one day. I finished the Introductory lesson today. I'll print out the other two lessons and take them with me this weekend.

    In my Bible's intro. to Ephesians it talked about how believers are rich beyond measure in Christ, but we live as spiritual paupers. It's so true, too often we fail to tap into all the riches, glory and power we have in Christ. If I had $10,000 I would give first to the church and a couple other Christian ministries, then I would go visit family and friends (which requires flying), take a vacation with my husband, and if there was any leftover I would do a few projects around the house. I know God is able to change my personal circumstances if He so chooses, but that's just it – He may not choose to do so. Instead I must trust that He will see me through this tough chapter in life – adjusting to being an empty nester. It's a HUGE adjustment. We were such a close knit family – loved hanging out with each other and going places together. Now both our kids have graduated from college and found jobs out of state. Yes, we are very proud and happy for them, etc. etc., but no one prepared me for how difficult this time would be. I really appreciated your prayer about your marriage. I find myself in that same spot often.

    Thanks Wendy for your encouraging words and for this study. Ya'll have a great 4th of July weekend. We're headed to our cabin and our son is joining us – yea!!

  168. Lisa V. says:

    I'm so late to the study although I signed up at the start. Where does the days go?!

    I will join with so many of you that found like me how Paul's words in verses 18-23 of chapter 1 spoke to them. For weeks now I've felt the Spirit's prompting for me to understand His power to do more than I can imagine. These verses are God's way of putting that deep in my heart, mind and soul.

    In light of the many comments on this, I'd like to share what I journaled for #15-17.

    15. Paul prays BIGGER, and believes for greater in comparison to my prayers.

    16. What I most need to pray for based on Paul prays is to call upon His power in all circumstances with assurance & knowledge that He is above any ruler or authority, over ALL.

    17. Three sentences very strongly came to mind as I prayed and though I wasn't going to write it down, God spoke to me to WRITE: Lord, Help me to know for Whom I am called. Help me to see that I am called to greater things then I can IMAGINE. Let me rest in this & believe.

    Thank you Wendy! Your videos are such a wonderful accomponiment to the study. I am blessed and BELIEVE this study will bear fruit in my life.

  169. Anonymous says:

    Wendy and New Friends,

    Thank you for letting God use you with this study! I am getting so much out of it!! Please pray for my husband and myself, and our oldest daughter. 5 years ago, our middle daughter was killed in a car accident. No way could I have gotten up each morning without our Heavenly Father helping me put one foot in front of the other. I can honestly say I truly know what it is to totally trust in God %100!

    Our oldest who is 21 tells us she is gay and is in a relationship. Her dad and I are devistated. She accepted Christ as a youngster, she used to be so involved in FCA and did several mission trips. She was completely devoted to God! I don't know what happened when she went to college?? I keep remembering the bible verse, raise up a child as they should go and when they are older, they will not depart from it.

    She has moved out since college is 3 hrs. away. As I cleaned her room yesterday, I found her Bible. In it she had several places marked about homosexuality. It breaks my heart to know that she had struggled with that and searched the Bible for answers, and we had no idea. I hate it that she went thru it alone. She knows our feelings about the issue, and we have told her we do not agree with her life style since it is not God's Way, HOWEVER, we have told her we still love her. Please pray for us as parents, God will give us the words to say to her. And..please pray for her as well that God will tender her heart, the Holy Spirit will not give up on her and she will once again begin to hear the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you and God Bless,

    sue

  170. Janice Powell says:

    Hi, I'm starting the study late – as you can see, but I am hoping to go through it and finish by the time you start the new one.

    Sue, My sister went through the same struggle and was in a homosexual relationship when she was in the navy. you are doing the right thing by sticking to the truth of God's word and yet still letting her know she is loved. that is the same response our family had.

    My sister is now out of the lifestyle and 100% commited to Christ. She works part time as the secretary to her pastor and is very active in her church drama.She even said to my mom recently that if it is in God's plan for her to marry, she is open to that. never thought I would hear that from her.

    Keep praying and loving.

    I am noticing already in the study the repetition of the sovriegnty of God, and the goal of glorifying Him. May I continue to remember that this is the important issue behind everything we do.

  171. Dear

    I got your contact via Internet as God wishes my name Is Mrs. Gifty Abavana and I am living with AIDS.

    Ever since my husband, Hon. Lawrence R. Abavana, Former Ghanaian Agriculture minister died of AIDS and I was tested positive of the AIDS virus, the mass media wouldn't just let me and my family live I have two kids who is now in motherless baby home my children have stopped going to school because they could no longer stand the humiliations from fellow students, the embarrassments are getting on my nerves but what can I do? I would have loved to travel out of the country to a place where I will have Peace and spend the rest of my Life with my children but I couldn't make it for I am weak and severely sick, More over, no Embassy would grant me Visa to her Country with my Hairs withering and boils all over my body, I will like you to keep this top secret and Confidential I will like you to come to Ghana to see me face to face with my kids and the money and Gold come down and see things for yourself.

    From all indications, I know that my days are numbered. In the light of the above, I have contacted you to assist me to transfer out of Ghana The SUM OF $15 Million USD and the 250kg of Gold which my husband Deposited as [Alluvial dust GOLD TREASURES] with a security company for the Adoption or Adopt of my kids and the up-keep Of my children, and safe-keep it for my children as they will be coming Over to your country in due course to live and school my Dear I need a sponsor who can finance this project and secondly After the fund is secured YOU WILL INVEST THE MONEY FOR MY CHILDREN IN COMMERCIAL ESTATE OR ANY BUSINESS OF YOUR CHOICE YOU DEEM HEALTHY.Emil me: gabavana@yahoo.de

    Am looking forward to hear from you while thanking you for your Anticipated co-operation, in this regard I will also need your personal Email address with your telephone and full name.
    Emil me: gabavana@yahoo.de
    Kind Regards,
    Mrs. Gifty J. Abavana

    PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION THAT YOU WISH TO KNOW CALL ME LATE HUSBAND FAMILY LAWYER ON THIS NUMBER :+447045735917

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  173. Dear Wendy,
    Here I am, almost two years after this study was posted, and God is still using it for the growth of His children! I stumbled on your website through a link on the Proverbs 31 ministries page. I have since completed your study on Proverbs and now began this study. I wanted to thank you for your ministry, it has been a tremendous encouragement and tool for study and growth.
    God bless,
    Alexis

    • Alexis, thank you for writing to share this with me. You have no idea what an encouragment your note is!! I just love that God continues to use this study years after it was written!!!! Thank you, and I am praying now for the Lord to take you deeper still with Him as you meet Him in His Word.

      Love,

      Wendy

  174. Allison Morrison says:

    Hi Wendy!
    I had signed up for your newest study and haven’t been keeping up. I came on the website to try to play catch up, but couldn’t find the study. So here I am, 3 years after this study was posted, starting up in a season of wilderness wandering (or so it seems). I am excited as to what God has in store for me through this study :)

    • So excited you checked in with me. We are in the process of moving it to the On-line Studies page where you found this study. It should be up soon. Just let me know if you can’t access it when you are ready.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

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