Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1441-1448c, Ephesians 4:7-13

Blessings
1441. Cole and Avonlea falling asleep with me on the couch (different times but on the same day)...and the fact that I am truly treasuring these moments, as I know how quickly they will pass
1442. Looking over at Blake during Sunday's worship service and seeing him with a confused look on his face and his hand in the air (imitating members of the worship team)...what a wonderful teachable moment :)
1443. Avonlea imitating my smile over and over as the praise team sang
1444. Telling a friend who was starting a bible study that leaving my house regularly with my 3 little ones is just too tiring to commit to - and the next thing I new the bible study was in my living room
1445. Cole singing "Jesus loves me" as I type out ways that he loves me
1446. Daddy, Blake and Cole making snow forts for hours
1447. A thought provoking sermon by Matt Chandler (who I've actually never heard of, but enjoyed the sermon because of a friend's recommendation)
1448. A compliment from my husband that spoke right to my heart
1448b. Brand new life growing in a womb (no, not mine...and no, you don't know her - unless you are her -and if you are...I'm thankful for you too)
1448c.Realizing as I typed the last blessing that it actually could apply to 2 people who are close to my heart (neither of which you know :) :) :)

Scriptural Blessings
1449. GRACE
1450. GIFTS
1451. People who have been equipped
1452. The hope that God will equip me
1453. Until we all...BECOME MATURE - process, process, process
1453. One day we will sit before Him and completely and totally grasp THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FUlLNESS OF CHRIST


Ephesians 4:7-13
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it[a] says:
   “When he ascended on high,
   he took many captives
   and gave gifts to his people.”[b]
 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Praying the word
Lord, it is easy (for me, at least) to question what we have been apportioned - thank You that Your grace has been given as You apportioned it.  You know exactly what we need in all areas, Father - and You give accordingly.  You gave (and still give) soooo many gifts to your people.  Give us eyes to see and ears to hear the abundant gifts you give.  Father God I am so incredibly thankful that Christ descended to the lower, earthly regions, because apart from His death on the cross, I am nothing.  Truly.  I make so many mistakes every day - and yet You see me through Your son.  Thank You, Lord, for the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers that You have used to draw me close to You.  Somehow in some way, Father I ask that You use me to encourage and equip others - especially my children Lord Jesus.  Thank You for the hope that one day we will all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.  The church, as a whole, seems so far from that.  It is so easy for each of us to get wrapped up in our differences.  Lord, I ask that You help me and those reading this that have the desire, to become mature - and get closer and closer to attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  I thank You Lord Jesus that You are sooooo big that even if we studied You and Your word every day - there is always more.  I (perhaps, we) want more of You Lord!

Friday, January 27, 2012

1435-1440, Ephesians 4:1-5

Blessings
1435. Blake's giggles as he watched Daddy put tool stickers above his bed
1436. Realizing that when "I" go for a walk, there's 4 of us.  Sounds silly, but it just kinda hit me as I ventured down the street "by myself".

1437. Holding Avi close
1438. Telling stories to my potty training boy...and the memories it brings of my "big boy".
1439. A friend who has set up a two day adventure for my kids and I (babysitting and all)
1440. Turning to the word of God for confidence when I am feeling insecure

Scriptural Blessings

1441. I am a receiver of THE CALLING
1442. Knowing that though I will never BE COMPLETELY HUMBLE AND GENTLE & PATIENT, that God is at work in me in all of those areas - and will continue to refine me (as I allow Him to) until the day I am by His side
1443. There is Unity of the Spirit - no matter how many doctrinal differences believers have - we all have the incredible gift of Jesus Christ - and the ability (if we so choose) to see past our differences
1444. Our God is OVER ALL AND THROGH ALL AND IN ALL


Ephesians 4:1-5
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lordone faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Praying the Word
Lord, please help me (and believing readers) to live a live worthy of the calling we have received.  Teach us and help us be completely humble and gentle; patient, bearing with one another in love.  Show us how Father and give us the power to make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.  Remind us Lord when our differences feel so big that there is one body and one Spirit.  All believers were called to one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all. Thank You Lord Jesus that You are truly over all and through all and in all!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

1420 - 1434, Ephesians 3:14-21

Blessings 
1420. The electricity going off just in time for a candle lit dinner - and coming back just on time for clean up
1421. Catching up with a friend that I've really been missing
1422. Praying for a conversation that Matt needed to have with a friend, and God blessing the conversation abundantly
1423. The boys asking for more chores (so they could enter another X on the computer)
1424. Blake singing (at this very moment) "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"
1425. The ability to pray to the God of all creation - with all of my heart, mind and soul - that He will work in Blake and through Blake and truly allows His light to shine

Scriptural Blessings
1426. We can KNEEL BEFORE THE FATHER
1427. He is sovereign over EVERY FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH
1428. He is GLORIOUSLY RICH
1429. He STRENGTHEN'S us WITH POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT
1430. He offers his LOVE
1431. The love He offers is WIDER, LONGER, HIGHER and DEEPER than we could ever imagine
1432. We can be FILLED with the FULLNESS OF GOD
1433. HE IS ABLE
1434. HIS POWER IS AT WORK WITHIN US

14
 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Praying the word
Lord may I kneel before You, my Father on a regular basis.  Thank You for the reminder that every family in heaven and on earth derives its name from you - even the broken ones.  Lord, you are sovereign over all.  I think I'd like to echo Paul's prayer, this morning, for anyone who happens to be reading this blog.  Father God I pray for my friends (including readers I haven't met) & family, Father will you strengthen them with power through Your Spirit in their inner being, so that You may dwell in their hearts through faith.  Lord, may they have power, together with all of Your holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is Your love, and to know Your love that surpasses knowledge that they may be filled to the measure of all Your fullness.  Now to You who are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us, to You be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1403 - 1419, Ephesians 3:7-13

Blessings
1403. An evening walk
1404. 3 happy kids on a couch - and one proud daddy taking pictures
1405. An encouraging magazine
1406. A motivated hubby - fixing up old gym equipment with the hopes of using it
1408. Babysitting Grace and Titus
1409. The boys loving their "toy time" - they play separately by themselves for a half an hour each day...and they actually like it
1410. A fun "chat" with a good friend who was trusting God in her husbands hospital room
1411. They were discharged
1412. The strength of another friend who was in the hospital all night with her little boy
1413. They are home too

Scriptural Blessings
1414. The GIFT OF GOD'S GRACE
1415. HIS POWER
1416. HIS BOUNDLESS RICHES
1417. CREATION
1418. The WISDOM OF GOD
1419. The ability to APPROACH GOD WITH FREEDOM AND CONFIDENCE


Ephesians 3:7-13
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Praying the word
Lord, though servanthood isn't esteemed, Paul says he became a servant of this gospel by the gift of Your grace...help me live my life as a servant of your gospel - and Lord, remind me that being a servant of your gospel is truly a gift of grace.  Living for myself is not.  On the days that I try to serve you in my own strength, show me and teach me how to serve you through the working of Your power.  Father not only do I want to tell people about You (which I am often to timid to do), but I want to grasp more and more the boundless riches of Christ.  I have a feeling that as I come to understand what you offer, it will be hard to keep my mouth shut!  Father God I am so thankful that in You and through faith in you I can approach You with freedom and confidence.  Lord, help me not to just be able to approach You with freedom and confidence, but actually do it - regularly.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1389 - 1402, Ephesians 3:1-6

Blessings
1389. Avonlea is rolling over every time I put her on her belly (after not even being interested in rolling over for months)
1390. Lately, I'm not just talking/preaching to myself  about God's grace, I am genuinely feeling it
1391. The movie Courageous - and a hubby who brought it home and watched it with me
1392. The fact that Matt is such a good dad that I didn't even feel like he would need to sign a "resolution" as suggested on Courageous, he already lives that way
1393. Getting a little bit of tax prep done
1394. Google docs
1395. A writer's analogy comparing parenting with climbing Mt Everest - its amazing, wonderful, SOOO worth it - but sometimes its just hard...and thats ok!
1396. The fact that at this exact moment, I am enjoying the view

Scriptural Blessings1397. I HAVE HEARD about GOD's GRACE
1398. The MYSTERY OF CHRIST
1399. I am an HEIR
1400. Not by works, but THROUGH THE GOSPEL
1401. I am a MEMBER of ONE BODY
1402. We (if you are a believer) are SHARERS TOGETHER IN THE PROMISE


Ephesians 3:1-6

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Praying the word
Thank you Lord that I(we) have heard about your grace!  Thank you for speaking to Paul and revealing to him that through the gospel we are heirs together with Israel. I know I've kind of been harping on this "not by works" thing, but I truly am thankful that we are heirs...through the gospel not through perfection.  I am also so thankful Lord that I am not alone in this but we are 
members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  Lord Jesus, THANK YOU SO MUCH for my faith family.

Monday, January 23, 2012

1375-1388, Ephesians 2:19-22

Blessings
1375. Avonlea's cough is gone
1376. I believe God healed her (the fact that I believe this is a blessing in and of itself - even if it was actually just coincidence - I often and usually have doubts in the area of God as a healer...though His word makes it clear that He is)
1377. The sweetness of Avonlea's "talking" voice
1378. An unexpected sleepover (kids and all) with a dear friend
1379. Late night conversations
1380. Friends and their spouses that love the word of God 
1381. Matt helping me take care of sick kids in the middle of the night - without even being asked
1382. Matt doing all the laundry caused by the sick kids
1383. The million and one other things I'd love to write down right now

Scriptural Blessings
1384. I am not a FOREIGNER or a STRANGER to God
1385. I am a FELLOW CITIZEN with God's people
1386. I am a MEMBER OF HIS HOUSEHOLD
1387. My works (or lack thereof) are not the cornerstone of HIS HOUSEHOLD - but CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF is.
1388. IN HIM we ARE BEING BUILT - love, love, love that this is present tense and not past (we're works in progress).

Ephesians 2:19-22
19
Consequently, you are
no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.


Praying the word:
Lord, when I am tempted to believe the enemies accusations, can you remind me that I am not a foreigner or a stranger, but a fellow citizen with Your people and members of Your household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

I am thankful Lord that
In You I am being built together to become a dwelling in which You live by Your Spirit. There is something encouraging to me about the present tense of the words - are being built...it reminds me that I am a work in progress and am not complete (nor am I supposed to be).  Thank you so much for that reminder and encouragement.





Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1372-1374, Ephesians 2:14-18

Pondering: I am often tempted to fall into the false belief that if I do my absolute best for God, life will go smoother and I will find more rest.  Lately I feel Him calling me to do the opposite (or at least in the opposite order).   He seems to be whispering - Rest IN ME that I may do my best in you.  Living with guilt, feelings of failure, and an "if I just try harder" mentality is SO far from what He has for us.  And yet, for me, it is SO easy to fall into.  So today, if/when those feelings of failure creep in (which more than likely are directly from the enemy), I am going to ask Him to teach me how to Rest IN HIM that He might do His best in Me.

1372. The January Joy Dare suggestions: January 15 - one thing you wore, one thing you gave away, one thing you shared...
          My bath robe
          My heart - first to my God, then to my husband
          My thoughts - with you
1373. The January Joy Dare suggestions: January 16 - three ways you witnessed happiness today
          A daddy enjoying his children
          Children enjoying their daddy
          The boys singing "Manamana" by the muppets
1374. The January Joy Dare suggestions: January 17 - one gift that made you laugh, one gift that made you pray, one gift that made you quiet
          A friend and I screaming our heads off because a cat jumped on our car
          Children
          Me, quiet? I'll have to give this one some extra thought :) :) :)

Ephesians 2:14-18
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.





Saturday, January 14, 2012

1354 - 1371, Ephesians 2:11-13

1354. I was FORMERLY...SEPARATE FROM CHRIST 
1355. Now I am included in the covenants of THE PROMISE
1355. I have HOPE!
1356. NOW I am IN CHRIST
1357. I am no longer FAR AWAY because I have been BROUGHT NEAR...
1358. By and because of the BLOOD OF CHRIST (Nothing I have done, will do, or will ever be worthy of...simply a gift of incredible sacrifice)
1359.The January Joy Dare suggestions: Yesterday - 3 sounds you hear...
          The fan in my boys room - and quiet boys :)
          The clock ticking
          My fingers clicking away on the keyboard
1360. The January Joy Dare suggestions: Today - 3 ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God...
          Restored relationships
          Someone telling me that I have made a difference in their life (so amazed that He uses me despite my MANY imperfections)
          Daily forgiveness
1361. Blake and Cole helping (genuinely helping) me take the decorations off the tree
1362. Their delight in paper towels ("Look Cole, It's snowing"...as they threw the ornament coverings in the air over and over)
1363. A change of heart 
1364. Catching up on laundry - and even getting a bit more organized
1365. Imagining what my children will be like the next time we have a Christmas tree in our living room
1366. A husband who loves Jesus
1367. A husband that I love - and like :)
1368. Watching our barn (well officially a garage shaped like a barn) progress 
1369. You - if you are reading this, you are a genuine blessing to me.  I had no idea how much I would enjoy blogging...and am still shocked (and blessed) when people tell me they are reading it.
1370. Blake, right now, in his room singing "and I'm so happy, so very happy"
1371. People responding to my plea for "thankful fors" in the facebook gratitude community :) :) :) 


Ephesians 2:11 - 13
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
1354. I was FORMERLY...SEPARATE FROM CHRIST 
1355. Now I am included in the covenants of THE PROMISE
1355. I have HOPE!
1356. NOW I am IN CHRIST
1357. I am no longer FAR AWAY because I have been BROUGHT NEAR
1358. By and because of the BLOOD OF CHRIST (Nothing I have done, will do, or will ever be worthy of...simply a gift of incredible sacrifice)
1348.The January Joy Dare suggestions: Yesterday - 3 sounds you hear...
          The fan in my boys room - and quiet boys :)
          The clock ticking
          My fingers clicking away on the keyboard
1349. The January Joy Dare suggestions: Today - 3 ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God...
          Restored relationships
          Someone telling me that I have made a difference in their life (so amazed that He uses me despite my MANY imperfections)
          Daily forgiveness
1350. Blake and Cole helping (genuinely helping) me take the decorations off the tree
1351. Their delight in paper towels ("Look Cole, It's snowing"...as he threw the ornament coverings in the air over and over 
          


Ephesians 2:11 - 13
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1339-1353, Ephesians 2:6-10

1339. God RAISED US UP
1340. We are WITH HIM - the same HIM who lovingly created the entire universe

1341. The RICHES OF HIS GRACE are INCOMPARABLE...Nothing can compete with our God's grace
1342. His KINDNESS
1343. Though my FAITH is weak at times, I do have FAITH - and because of that (and that only) - I have been SAVED
1344. My salvation, A GIFT!
1345. I, me, Val, daughter, momma, wife, sister, friend am GOD's HANDIWORK - and by the way - so are you!
1346. He has CREATED me to DO GOOD WORKS - so He will give me the strength
1347. I am PREPARED  by and in Jesus Christ - whether I'm confident, or not - (though I know it is truly possible to be confident in Him)
1348.The January Joy Dare suggestions: Today - something above you, something below you, something beside you...
          My husbands (and God's cuz He gave me my husband) love...expressed through acts of service IE my pan rack :)

          Along this same line of thought - the wood floor he built beneath us (though he'd   never done it before)
          The book, The Open Church, though I haven't read it yet (and know its far from perfect) - it has inspired my husband and in so doing, has inspired me
1349. A wonderfully smooth day with my children - and the means to achieve the same thing today
1350. A nice evening with acquaintances - now friends
1351. Hannah's (in 1 Samual) heart
1352. Cole's buzz cut
1353. Avonlea's new tooth


Ephesians 2:6-10
 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1324 - 1335, Ephesians 2:1-5

1324. Although we (believers) make mistakes - actively pursuing sin is not how we live, but how we USED TO LIVE
1325. Following the WAYS OF THIS WORLD is a part of our past, it is ok (expected even) to not fit  in and/or be "weird"
1326. ALL OF US lived among (and were) disobedient - pride should not be a factor (even though we may struggle with it)
1327. We are DESERVING OF RATH, BUT...BUT...BUT - So thankful for the "but"
1328. He has GREAT LOVE FOR US
1328. He is RICH IN MERCY
1329. He has made us ALIVE WITH CHRIST
1330. BY GRACE WE HAVE BEEN SAVED
1331. The January Joy Dare suggestions: Today - 3 yellow things that strike you as fresh mercy...
          - Bananas
          - The letter N (alphabet magnets)
          - Blake's soft building blocks, a yellow one just happened to be left out last night

1332. Reading the first chapter of 1 Samuel and being so encouraged
1333. Knowing my husband is reading and studying the same thing
1334. Figuring out a little more each day that "its not about me"
1335. People who are real, really really real.
1336. An unexpected visit from a friend
1337. Our children playing
1338. A new day


Ephesians 2:1-5

1
 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

1300-1323, Ephesians 1:15-23

1300. Believing friends
1301. Their love for me & for their family in Christ
1302. Paul's example - He KEEPS ASKING
1303. Our GLORIOUS FATHER
1304. The giver of WISDOM & REVELATION
1305. We can continue to KNOW HIM BETTER
1306. He has called us to HOPE - when we feel it & when we don't
1307. We have no idea how incredible the RICHES of hi GLORIOUS inheritance will be
1308. I BELIEVE - and want to BELIEVE more
1309. He offers us INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER
1310. The POWER He offers us is the same as THE MIGHTY STRENGTH HE EXERTED WHEN HE RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD!
1311. Even when things feel out of control, Christ is ABOVE ALL RULE and AUTHORITY, POWER and DOMINION
1312. Not just today, but forever
1313. ALL THINGS are under Christ's feet
1314. He is the HEAD OVER EVERYTHING
1315. That includes me - He is head over me.  Though my growth seems so slow (and even feels like I'm shrinking sometimes) - He is head over me
1316. He is HEAD over my home - dishes done or not
1317. Avonlea seeming like she could explode in happiness
1318. The softness of her skin
1319. A late and enjoyable evening with Avi (kitty woke her up and she had special time with mommy and daddy)
1320. The fact that we enjoyed her rather than being frustrated that she was awake
1321. Wolf hats from loving GiGis
1322. Boys that "GRRRRRRRRR"
1323. Crying (bawling) out to God because I can't do any of this in my own strength...and sometimes it feels like even in His, but I KNOW and He promises that I CAN DO ALL THINGS through Him who strengthens me

Ephesians 1:15-23

 
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.