Updated: Jun 6
30th March 2021
It was a bright spring day in March yet my life didn’t feel very bright. In the midst of my sulking and pain, a good friend of mine gave me a call. We had a brief conversation and thereafter turned to a potent book in the Bible namely, Ephesians. I remember her asking me softly if I had ever read the book of Ephesians. I politely responded “Nope” to which she suggested it as an immediate read.
Ephesians was how I discovered what my Father (God) says about me and how you can too. As I read through the book slowly, I coined the term “The Ephesians Declarations” which sets out things that Christ says we are entitled to as believers and more importantly, who He says you are. When I was in a rough patch, I would walk along the bank of the river in Regent’s Park reciting these promises and prophecies to myself repeatedly. I didn’t stop till I truly believed it.
If you’re going through a dark season and you need to remember who you are and who God has called you to be then this is for you. To be honest, it’s for everyone - not just a person going through a hard time or spiritual warfare. They are declarations to remind you of your worth and who you are called to be. You want to know what God says about you? Then read on.
The Ephesians Declarations
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
I am chosen, holy and blameless before God.
Ephesians 1: 4
Chosen: To pick out someone or something as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives. Simply put, he searched and picked you out specifically. You’re not an accident. He also chose you before the creation of the world, which means you were thought about before He even declared the world into existence.
Holy: This means to be set apart. You are unique in every single way.
Blameless: You’re innocent of wrongdoing because Christ has already died for all our sins. He took all the blame on His own shoulders, the blame that should have completely belonged to us.
All things happen according to God’s plan.
Given this I know my life is not an accident and though I face trials the Lord will use it for His glory. Please note it says ALL things and not some* things.
My freedom eternally is guaranteed with my possession of the Holy Spirit. I am marked by His seal.
I am powerful because the Holy Spirit resides in me.
All things are below the feet of Christ. He sits as the head, and the church exists as the body, hence because I belong to the church, I can cling to this power
God is my peace. Hence through Him, I can find safety, prosperity and wholeness in who I am and who He’s called me to be.
Peace: Safety, prosperity, well-being, intactness, wholeness
God’s Grace is upon me. It’s His gift to me! It’s not something I have to earn. I didn’t do anything, He did everything. Grace gives me the supernatural ability to tarry through the storms.
I am not a stranger to God. I am a citizen with God’s people, and a member of His household. By being a citizen I have access to innumerable gifts. As a household member, I have direct access to God. I don’t need to see God’s personal assistant before I reach out to Him!
I am an heir to His kingdom. I mean, what else is there to say? Fear should not reside in me because I have access to the good things of His kingdom.
I can approach God with freedom and confidence. Therefore, if I’ve made a mistake and confessed this mistake, it doesn’t mean I can no longer approach God to ask for something - I can!
Ephesians 3: 12
God loves me beyond my own comprehension. His love surpasses anything I could ever know.
God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all I can ask, think, or imagine. My God is not a God of mediocrity or basic results. When we ask for something and He responds, He is able to give beyond what we asked for!
Ephesians 3: 20
Jesus Christ gave me His grace to help me fully express my gifts and all that He’s called me to do. In the Bible, Paul was given the grace to spread the Gospel to the gentiles. Peter wasn’t given the exact same Grace as Paul. When God asks me to do something, He will grace me to do it therefore, I don’t have to do it alone. I have been given supernatural powers to get the job done.
Ephesians 4: 7 (NIV)
God has given me a special gift. I’m not ordinary in the eyes of God! There’s something unique about who I am that differentiates me from others and this uniqueness is one to be embraced.
Ephesians 4: 7 (NLT)
I am a child of light! Light is synonymous to spiritual illumination and truth. It encompasses all that is pure, good and holy [set apart]. Light is used to denote the divine presence of God (Exodus 10: 23). Given this, I can benefit from truth, direction, salvation, protection and blessings. In Exodus 10: 23, we see how light allows people to see and gives them favour over others. So repeat - I am a child of light!
Ephesians 5: 8
I am told to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Therefore to be powerful, I am to draw strength from Him and not from my own abilities. Relying on my abilities alone = toiling which doesn’t yield a strong (or healthy) person. Remember when Peter toiled and toiled all night, until He obeyed God at His Word (Luke 5:4-6).
Ephesians 6: 10
To take a stand against the devil and evil schemes I am told to put on the FULL armour of God. It’s in this way I can stand when trouble arises.
Ephesians 6: 11
The armour includes the Belt of Truth = Biblical beliefs (what does God say about us the ‘church?’), Breastplate of righteousness = Remembering that it was Jesus’ righteousness that saved us, we cannot fight against the enemy in our own self-righteousness, Gospel of peace = Making sure you are ready to proclaim the good news wherever you are, Shield of Faith = extinguishing the fiery darts of the enemy by holding steadfast to what God has said, Helmet of Salvation = Declaring you are saved, and you will be saved through Christ’s Lordship.
Ephesians 6: 14-16
I am to use the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. To control your thoughts from being plagued with doubt, fear and other negative emotions hold your faith as a shield!
Ephesians 6: 16
I am to wear the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.
Ephsesians 6: 17
I am to pray in the Spirit at ALL times and on every occasion. Even when things appear hopeless I am to remain alert and persistent in my prayers, and at the same time remembering to pray for other believers.
Ephesians 6: 18
Grace is given to all who love Jesus Christ with sincerity. I will love God undyingly.
Ephesians 6: 24
The Book of Ephesians is available for all of us to study in our own personal time. It is important to soak in the scriptures yourself, and hear what God is saying to you. This post is my own interpretation, but God can give you your own revelation.