Four Key Words

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:23-24 Peace to believers through Christ who “himself is our peace. . . . For through him we [all] have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:14, 18). When I think of peace I think of oneness of heart and a feeling of mutual goodwill without suspicion, fear or resentment. It is never automatic; it requires much effort (Eph. 4:3). This peace can only be maintained by Love with Faith. What a vibrant reality these …

God's Booster Team

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:21-22 A deeply religious man was deeply depressed. The advice he got was mostly, “Get away and rekindle with the Lord; your walk with God has become a lower pri ority”; and “God’s rod and staff will comfort you.” So he redoubled his time in prayer and Bible study, yet his depression grew worse. He didn’t get better until he met someone who would simply listen to him nonjudgementally, with unconditional love. This man believed that Christ …

Release the Prisoners

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:18-20 One of Twila Paris’s songs says: “We’ve got to rescue the prisoner/ Prisoner of war/ That’s what he came here for . . . / This is not the enemy/ Flesh and blood have been deceived/ When we move beyond the anger/ We will see/ We’ve got to rescue the prisoner.” Paul writes from prison as an ambassador in prison. He knows the real prisoners are those the devil holds captive in the chains of sin, …

You Can Through Christ

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:19-20 My father was a recovered alcoholic for the last 28 years of his life. He let everyone know it was only the grace and power of the Lord Jesus that rescued him. In the Alcoholic’s Anonymous 12 Steps, the twelfth step is “evangelism”: “Having a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Dad once said that the twelfth …

Prayer in the Spirit

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit“as he leads you through his power. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s power dwelling in us. Here are 11 of Paul’s 73 references to “the Spirit”: “The kingdom of God is . . . righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things …

The Weapons of Faith

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 6:17-18 The armory of God contains two powerful weapons: the sword of the Spirit and prayer in the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God; it is our primary offensive and defensive weapon. With it we can ward off the attacks of Satan, use it to storm enemy strongholds and free the enemy’s prisoners. As always, Jesus best demonstrated its use. When tempted by Satan he replied with Scripture (see Luke 4). He …