10/14 Ephesians 5:6-7
Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do.
Remember that those that are lost are dead in their trespasses and sin. Therefore do not follow their edicts nor the way that they live. Listen to the commands of the Father and obey Him. He loves obedience more than sacrifice. Follow Jesus.
10/13 Ephesians 5:3-5
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
This is a personal mandate. We are to be holy and to lead holy lives. Therefore the things that the world does, that the world says is okay, isn’t okay in the life of a Holy Person. We are saved and we are called to lead a life that is like God’s life, pure and holy. Simple call to be different than the world.
10/12 Ephesians 5:2
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Accentuate the positive in your life every day. Thank God for His salvation. Thank Him for listening to you. Thank Him for the breath of life. The things we can thank Him for are many, many, many. In fact we can spend our whole day thanking Him and never exhaust the list of things we are thankful for right now. Thank you Lord, thank you.
10/11 Ephesians 5:1
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
We belong. We belong in the Father’s council chambers. We belong to the group that the Lord is intimately involved with minute of each day: His Children. We belong to the Lord forever and nothing can separate us from Him.
10/10 Ephesians 4:30-32
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
A critical part of the normal Christian life is learning to forgive quickly, completely and to move forward without bringing it back up. To forgive is like God. We are surrendered to grow into Christ likeness therefore we are learning to forgive.
10/09 Ephesians 4:26-29
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
We can have confidence about our life. We need to stop the negativity. The call for us is to be positive, encouraging and careful with what we say. What you think is who you are. Set a guard over our mouths Father. Praise the Lord.
10/08 Ephesians 4:24-25
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
The call is for us to be truth tellers. If you think of a lie don’t tell it. Tell the truth. That’s simple. Tell the truth. Tell the truth. Stop lying. Tell the truth.
10/07 Ephesians 4:20
But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
We have a choice to live the defeated life we have always live or to change and live a life of wisdom, mercy and grace. We can be our self. True to Christ, faithful in doing the next right thing and caring for those around us. The Lord delightfully gives us His power for living and doing for Him. Right living is a choice. I choose. You choose.
10/06 Ephesians 4:17-19
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
Live clearly by letting the Lord set your agenda. Praise Him as each day begins. Remember all of the things that you are thankful for and be quick to thank God. Ask Him to bless those around you, to help the weak and give them strength and to help you to care for those around you. Thank the Lord. Thank Him with all your heart. Then you will see clearly the needs around you and what you can do and you can do something.
10/05 Ephesians 4:16
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Be yourself. You have a gift that the Lord wants to use in His body, the Church. Do what only you can do. Do it well. Do it without worrying what somebody else does or doesn’t do. You count. You are needed. Do your thing.