Ephesians 4:20-32, an opportunity to read and understand our gift, cost and reward if will of Christ in our hearts. In verses 20 and 21 speaking to us, we know Christ, have been taught by Him, that “the truth is in Jesus” now in us.The next verses, a review of the life we were taught to live, a life that leads to eternity. “And be renewed in the spirit in your mind; and that you put on the new, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”23-24. How amazing, created in true holiness, righteousness, those are ours, His image reflected in us, living His life thru us. Yet we tend to minimize the value of this connection. We continue to live as the old corrupted man.”grieving the Holy Spirit of God, to whom we are sealed”. Forgiveness, could this lead to the new man, realizing the forgiveness He has extended to us and our need to forgive others in the same manor ? Forgiveness out of faith, a renewing of trust, a receiving of grace.
Just a thought
When I look into the heart of God,
And when He looks into me, Will the life I’ve led-the choices I’ve made, Bear His scrutiny ?
When I come before Him, And judgement begins, Will the life I’ve led-the choices I’ve made, Push me to my knees?
When I come before Him, the mighty King, And when He looks into me, Will the life I’ve led-the choices I’ve made, Place me in eternity?
When He looks into me. My savior, Jesus, He will see , I chose Christ, to stand for me. Surely into His grace I enter. Into The Lord’s arms I will fall. An eternity of worship. To the King of Kings
“Pray without ceasing”, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, if taken literally it tends to interfere with life. If all I do is pray, how much time is left for work, recreation or sleep?
Thing is, it is meant literally, pray, pray and pray some more. Pray when you wake up, on the way to work, while working, at lunch. Pray all afternoon, at dinner and in the evening. At bedtime and in your dreams.
Verse 18 goes on to say “give thanks in ALL circumstances, this is the will of God”. So ALL circumstances, the good, the everyday, your need, your want, everything. Pray for everything all the time. Verse 22, “Abstain from every kind of evil”, prayer deflects our thoughts, places God in the forefront. As simple as this seems a conversation with God all day long, starting and stopping thru out our day turns us from evil to Christ. Mark 14 :38, we are told to pray so that “we won’t enter into temptation”, hard to mess up while having a conversation with the Creator. Prayer, a posture created by Him to protect us from evil, calling on Him to take the lead in our thoughts, feelings and desires. As we begin to talk with Him constantly, seeking direction, confirmation and companionship He responds as only a loving Lord can.
Just a thought
To share my thoughts on the leading of the Holy Spirit
“The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness”, Romans 8;26. Our weakness can overwhelm us, i spent a good part of Sunday following the coverage of hurricane Irma. I have friends and family in Miami and other parts of Florida. I noticed a trend during the reporting, from the Governor of Florida to the field reporters, they were asking for prayer, not for themselves but for the people affected by the storm. Somehow, the tone, the way it was expressed had an authentic plea, a request from someone who knew our God would respond. Prayer, the idea coming from all directions, a resurgence of an ancient idea presented to us by our creator. God speaking to us; “pray for my children, your brothers and sisters, pray for them all”. So, Sunday I had a unique and wonderful opportunity to respond to His request. I focused on someone else’s need rather than my own circumstances and acquired a peace, a peace that reduced my stress over my own.
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