RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
GIVE IN TO GODS WAYS
THE NEXT FEW DEVOTIONS ARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING AS DESCRIBED BY PAUL!
17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having 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.
4: 17-24 People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live— as children of light (5: 8). Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind their previous lives of slavery to sin and to focus on their new way of life by relying on the power of God’s Spirit to renew them from the inside out. Following Christ takes a lifetime. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all godly attitudes when we become new people in Christ. But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time. As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions? Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you. (For more on our new nature as believers, see Romans 6: 6; 8: 9; Galatians 5: 16-26; and Colossians 3: 3-8.)
4: 17 Living “in the futility of their thinking” refers to the natural tendency of human beings to think our way away from God. Intellectual pride, rationalizations, and excuses all keep people from a deep relationship with God or from searching for him in the first place. Don’t be surprised if people can’t grasp the gospel. The gospel will seem foolish to those who harden their hearts and take pride in their own independent thinking.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and give in to GODS ways and dont harden your heart and think your own way is better! PAUL SAYS IT IS FUTILE!!!!
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