This Bible passage below popped up today on my cellphone screen. I have the Bible app (YouVersion) on my phone and everyday a random verse shows up on your home screen. This verse was just so fitting for the first three posts that I posted. I have highlighted certain parts of the passage, which I feel corroborate the visions that I had. I like that Paul, the author of Ephesians, refers to himself right at the beginning of the Chapter, as a prisoner of the Lord. May we all strive to be prisoners of the Lord, and not prisoners of the enemy or of this world.
I pray Lord Jesus, that you would hold me, and those reading this captive. I pray that He who rose you from the dead would continue to dwell in us and give our mortal bodies LIFE!
Ephesians 4 (NKJV)
Walk in Unity
4 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you[a] all.
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”[b]
9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first[c] descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
May each one of us walk worthy of the calling to which we were called. Amen!