Friday, February 13, 2015

Influences of Ephesians

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NIV)
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longerlive as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of Godbecause of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity,they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

*Today, God instructed me to leave us with more of the word to start our weekend. As holidays arise, we are often caught up in the hype of what the world tells us to do in order to celebrate and/or have a good time. Sometimes these very suggestions cause us to compromise our beliefs, what God is telling us not to do, which  takes us away from focusing how we are called to conduct ourselves vs how the world tells us to celebrate. As a believer, you can have fun and still stay sober minded towards the things of Christ. If any compromising occurs, it is because we choose to participate in darkness rather then seek alternatives that provides protection yet allow fun. Let's be mindful of who we are called to be and be consistent in that, vs who we allow ourselves to become due to allowing the manifestation of poor thoughts and influences. Let's also seek God for the right accountability partners, as well as be open to lovingly hold others accountable as well.

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