September 24 – Daily Notes – Amanda

Asian Businesswoman Leading Meeting At Boardroom Table

Who is in your mission field? This may sound like a strange question, but you may not be called to the poorest, lowliest, most remote tribe. But that shouldn’t stop you from ministering to the people in your realm. Your mission field may be the stock brokers in your office, the middle-class teenagers in your classroom, or the Starbucks barista who serves you coffee everyday. Today, in Ephesians, we see that Peter and Paul ministered to different groups, but both did God’s work faithfully.

Isaiah 43:14-45:10:

  • 18-20 – God was not trying to redeem the people in the same way they’d grown accustomed to, but he was going to provide for them in a new way.
  • 1-8 – God is always actively working in taking what is dead and giving it life. We see dry ground but he is able to pour out his Spirit on it and give it new life.
  • 9-20 – God makes it clear how silly it is to worship idols that you create with your own hands. The same elements that make the idol could have also been used to make food or to burn and give warmth, but we don’t worship those things.
  • 8-10 – It is just as useless and out of place for us to question God’s work as it is for a pot to question the work of the potter.

Ephesians 3:1-21:

  • 6-7 – Paul’s specific mission was to share the gospel of redemption with gentiles. Some others, including Peter, felt called to share the gospel with Jews.
  • 14-19 – It’s funny that we now often fear offending people by sharing the gospel. The gospel is meant for our good. Knowing Christ means knowing the vastness of God’s love, which is a blessing.
  • 20-21 – The power of God is impossible for us to fully imagine. He can do all things.

Psalm 68:1-18:

  • 1-10 – There are certain benefits and blessings God’s people receive that are not available to those who do not follow him.

Proverbs 24:1-2:

  • A sinful life often looks glamorous, but it leads to trouble and should not be envied.

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