Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Ephesians 5:3-14

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

The phrase that stood out to me in this verse is to ‘walk in the light’. How do we do this?

We shouldn’t grow in our sin, but we should grow in our awareness of our sin. Our walk in the light should look different from the worlds walk in darkness

The key is to walking this way is thanksgiving.

We thank God for his generosity, for our existence, and for all the gifts he has given us, including who we are as men and women, and his provision in our life. We thank God for Jesus Christ, who paid the price for our sins on the cross. We thank God for blessing us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. We thank God for choosing us from before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in Christ. We thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating us and giving us the gift of repentance and saving faith in Jesus Christ. We thank God for adopting us as his children and making us heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. We thank God for the forgiveness of all our sins. We thank God for sealing us by the Holy Spirit of promise until the day of redemption. We thank God for the Scriptures. We thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts that is making us holy, blameless, and perfect.

Satan does not have any ground when we have a thankful heart.

As believers, we have inherited a great wealth in God; don’t settle for the crumbs of this world. We are different from the world, so let us live like we are different.

Thanks you Jesus for all blessings, help me to live a thankful life, no matter what is happening. Amen

Written by Cathy Croft

2 replies
  1. David Newton says:

    You have made an interesting comment Cathy. – ‘We shouldn’t grow in our sin, but we should grow in our awareness of our sin.’

    C. S. Lewis in ‘Mere Christianity’ observed that.

    “A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.”

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