by Ernest Easley

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"The Eyes of Enlightenment"
Ephesians 1.15-23 (Pt.II)
August 22,1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

Now take your prayer book and join me for a few minutes tonight in
the first chapter of the book of Ephesians. Pastor Paul is in a Roman jail
writing to the church at Ephesus a letter of encouragement!

Now you would think the church would be writing Paul a letter of
encouragement! After all, he's the one in jail. But let me remind you that
God sometimes allows those prison experiences in order to use you in a
greater capacity!

I think about David in the Old Testament. Had he not been a
shepherd, having time alone on the hills of Bethlehem we would have
never had the 23rd Psalm. And had Paul not spend time in jail, perhaps
he would have never made the time to write much of the New Testament.

Had John not been isolated on the island of Patmos, we would
have never had the book of Revelation. I'm simply saying that if you find
yourself in a prison experience, a difficult situation, perhaps even a painful
experience where you feel trapped, cheer up! God has a way of using
those experiences to use you in a greater capacity! Rather than
complaining about it, start considering how God can use it in your life to
use you in a greater capacity for Him down the road!

All right, by now you've found the first chapter of Ephesians. You
will remember from last Sunday night that Paul is praying for the church at
Ephesus. How we need to learn that the greatest thing we can do for
somebody else is to pray for them!

I've heard people say over the years to somebody who's sick or
has another problem, "I can't do much, but I can at least pray." Friend,
you can't do much? That is much! That's not just much, that's the most!
Rather than say, "I can't do much, but I can at least pray", you need to
say, "I can do much for I can pray."

James 5.16, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man
avails much." Tha ...

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