Ephesians 5:6 Don’t Be Deceived

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6

One of the most deceptive things are advertisements. Nearly every advertisement tells a person that what is being sold is the very best on the market and that everyone needs it right now, even though there may be better products out there and not every one needs it.

Deception often comes in how things are worded and said. When things are worded a certain way, people will believe it, even when it is false.

After listing some specific sins that a believer should not even think on, Paul tells the people to not be deceived with empty words. It is on those empty words of those disobedient that God brings His wrath upon.

In the same way that advertisements deceive people into thinking that they need something that they don’t, people also deceive others into believing that sinful acts are acceptable to God.

Sexual immorality is just as popular in the church as it is outside the church. Using bad language is common among believers. Along with these, there are many others sins that believers continually commit on a regular basis.

It is not that believers are perfect, but that many of these believers claim these sinful acts are acceptable to God. With deceptive words they claim that they do not need to change, because God still loves them and will save them.

Living in this way is deceptive and is being led by Satan. It is false living and will incur the wrath of God.

Believers are called to live a pure and holy life unto God. As the believer is led by the Holy Spirit, he will not be misled by deceptive lies, empty words of this world and false believers into sinful acts.

The moment you chose to repent and believe in Jesus for your salvation, God had called you to a new way of living. You are to step away from sinful acts to live a righteous life.

All around you the world will continue to try to deceive you into believing that sin is good and acceptable to God. Keep yourself immersed in God’s word and filled with His Holy Spirit. Know what God expects of you and then live that way.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the lies of this world and false believers.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God expects you to live your life; that you will live a holy and righteous life as Jesus did; that you will not be deceived by false and empty words; and that you will speak God’s words, not empty words.

Ephesians 4:22-23 Get A New Mindset

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put of your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23

In the business world, people are expected to change, to increase in their abilities to be the best in their field of expertise. Corporations are always giving training on how to be better on the job. Changes are made to improve production and sales.

In order to make the needed changes, people must be willing to change their old habits and mindsets.

As Paul is giving instructions on how to live as a believer, he tells the people that they have been taught to put on their old sinful self by having a change of their mindset.

At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, there must be some change in his life. If there is no change, then the belief is made pointless and of no value.

Too many people have chosen to follow Jesus without changing their lifestyles. They want to have the best of both worlds, sin and heaven. This comes from thinking that sin is good or cannot be stopped.

Believers who have chosen to allow God to rule in their life will be given the ability to change. God’s Holy Spirit will come into a person and change their mindset to one that is like God’s. They will learn to hate sin as God hates it and then choose to flee from it. They will choose to put off their old sinful self so that they may live a holy and righteous life unto God.

Until a believer changes his mindset, he will be unable to live a holy life unto God.

If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are a new creation. Allow your mind to be changed. Your old mind lived in sin and was dying. Learn to hate sin as God hates it, so that you will flee when temptation comes your way, as it will.

Renew your mind so that your thoughts and attitudes will be those of God. Live your life as Jesus lived His. With God this is possible. He has called you to live a holy and righteous life and has provided everything you need in order to live that life.

Change your mindset and live for God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to make you a new creation in Jesus; that your mind will be set on God’s ways; that you will live holy and righteously as Jesus did; and that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did.

Ephesians 3:10 God’s Purpose For The Church

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 3:10

Every organization or business has some purpose for its being in place. They have some focus on what is to be accomplished in the day-to-day operations, with a long term goal in sight.

Any group that does not have some set purpose, has no reason to exist. They will flounder around and accomplish nothing of any value. Having purpose works all the way from corporate settings down to the individual himself.

Paul points out that God’s intent for the church was that the church would make known His wisdom to the world and all rulers and authorities.

Although it is commonly thought of the church being just the building, this is not true. The church is the people that attend a building and give reason and purpose to the physical building. It is people who make up the real body of the Christ, being the church.

Often many people wonder what the purpose of the church is and what their purpose in this life is. Being a believer makes one part of the church, and the purpose, thus, is one and the same–to make the wisdom of God known to everyone else.

This wisdom that is to be made known, is the wisdom God had in providing salvation from the judgement for sin for every person. It is the process of releasing a person from the death sentence upon his head for the sins he committed.

Every believer, as a part of God’s church, has this mandate to make known what Jesus has already done to every person that they can tell. The entire world needs to hear of God’s wisdom and the church body is the one to pass it on.

At some point in your life, someone passed on God’s wisdom to you, to provide you salvation. Once you have accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, you became a part of God’s great church, regardless of what physical building you attend.

Now as a part of God’s church, you have a purpose to pass on that wisdom to others. Be His witness to every person you meet in your day-to-day living. Jesus saved you and wants to save everyone else. Let it be known.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will let others know about Jesus; that you will be a part of God’s church; and that God’s kingdom will grow from your work to be His witness.