Ephesians 4:17 A Way Not To Live

So 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. Ephesians 4:17

The majority of the world lives in a way that is to please themselves in the moment. People have the mindset that if if feels good, looks good, or tastes good, then do it. It is all about in the moment of personal pleasure, regardless of the long-term outcome.

The world believes in a freedom that is actually a bondage. They are unable to think in any other way, other than of self.

Paul gets demanding in that he demands that the people no longer live like the Gentiles.

Although on the surface the thinking and ways of the world seem like freedom and good, they are in reality actions leading towards death and destruction. It denies the truth and authority of God.

With this mindset, there is no solid foundation of rules. The rules of the world change according to the feeling in the moment. What was wrong a while back, is now considered good.

There have been many in the church who have chosen to continue to live in this way, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They have chosen to continue to hold onto sinful acts and habits to please themselves.

Alternate lifestyles, abortions, drugs, abuse, sexual immorality and other actions are sadly common among believers as acceptable. Many have been deceived into thinking that living this way is really loving and accepted by God.

Every believer in Jesus is supposed to become a new creation. This means that his ways of thinking and acting are different. He is to longer think and live like the world. One is either living for God or he is living for self, there is no middle ground.

If you consider yourself a believer and follower of Jesus, you must leave the ways of the world behind you. Give up thinking and acting like the world.

Change your thoughts and actions to become like those of Jesus in everything you say and do. Live your life to please God for what He has done for you, not to please self or others.

Living as the world does will only bring God’s judgement of wrath upon you and death.

How are you thinking and living your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will think and act like Jesus; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of the world; and that you will know how God wants you to live your life.

Galatians 2:12 Changing To Please

For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. Galatians 2:12

Appearance plays an important part of the lives of many people. People will say and do things to appear to agree with those around them, even if it goes against their own personal beliefs.

This double-standard of living is being done to prevent losing of friends or acceptance. They want to please certain people, at all costs.

Paul talks of a man who had been willing to eat with uncircumcised believers until some circumcised believers came around. Then they changed their attitude towards the uncircumcised.

Many believers will claim and believe certain things while they are in church and among like believers. As soon as someone comes along of a different view, they will drop what they believe and act the new way. Instead of loving everyone and remaining the same, they change.

This type of double-standard is often seen in members of churches and it pushes many people away from the church. It is seen as hypocrisy. Jesus loved everyone, but never changed Himself to their level of living. He was holy and perfect, regardless of what others said or did.

Every believer must live their life as Jesus lived His life. They must be the same, regardless of whom they are around. Changes should never be made to just fit in and please some.

There will always be some people who will not agree with a way of living. When a person continues to change to be accepted, he will no longer live by any standard. He will neither be hot or cold towards God, and will be spit out by God.

As a believer, you will have times that there will be some who believe or act differently than you. Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to keep changing how you live for God.

Know what God has shown you in His scriptures and live that way. Do not become hypocritical and change your ways just to please others.

Live your life for God, not for man. Let God’s light shine in and through you to a dark world. Be among the world, but not of the world and its corrupt ways.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that you will live for God among all people; that you will not change your ways just to please people; and that you will be witness of who Jesus is.

Galatians 1:23 What Report Are They Hearing?

They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” Galatians 1:23

Reports come out about famous people all the time. They talk about what the person is doing. Often the news is about something negative that occurred, drunk driving, drugs, divorce or more.

Rarely is the news about a complete change of character or actions. Most people do not go through a change of lifestyle large enough for people to sit up and take sudden notice of it. Usually it is a slow gradual change, if there is any.

Paul says that the people in the churches of Judea did not know him at all, but had heard reports about him. Those reports were that he was a completely different person.

Every person has a report about them. People who have met them do talk about them. The question is what are they saying? For the majority of people, life is always the same, day after day, year after year. There are very few major changes in their lives.

There are very few things in their lives that stick out as amazing or to catch the attention of everyone else. Most often the major change is a marriage/divorce, birth of a child, a new job, or a new move to a new location. Very seldom is it a change of character.

The person who becomes a believer, should go through a complete change of character. He is becoming a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old ways of thinking and doing things are to be gone.

This should be such a change that people are talking about it. While many believers don’t really change and still look like the world, the true believer should. He should have a complete change of character that has people noticing.

Take a moment to look at your life and listen to what people are saying about you. Is there a complete, radical change in your life that can be seen by others? Or do you still look and act like the world?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and change you from the inside out. Become a new creation in Christ Jesus that will turn heads and get people to talking.

Do not allow yourself to look and act like the world, but to look and act like Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from the world and sin; that people will see you are a follower of Jesus; and that God will create you into a new creation.

1 Corinthians 13:6 True Love Rejoices In Truth

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6

Truth can make someone feel very good or it can make someone very uncomfortable. The feeling that one gets with is dependent upon which side of the law one is acting.

Many people fear the truth, because it exposes wrong actions or thoughts or sin in their hearts and minds of their lives. Keeping this in thought, many will attempt to cover up the truth in selfish pride or fear.

The majority of the world delights in evil, even though many will say that they hate evil. Their hearts chase after things that go against God.

In this chapter, Paul describes what love is. Here he points out that love does not take joy in evil, but rejoices with truth.

Very few people like to be exposed. They do not want anyone else to see their faults. All people want others to see is their good side. In order to make this happen, others seeing only their good side, they will often live lies and hide the truth.

One who truly understands God’s perfect love, will always rejoice in the truth, even when it hurts. God’s love will expose faults and wrongs in the life of a person. This is not done to destroy or condemn the person, but to point out areas that need to be worked on. Areas that need to be given over to God.

The true believer will run from evil and rejoice when God reveals the truth. It gives him hope that God is still in control. It reveals God’s love to him. It guides him away from evil and into righteousness.

Evil only brings about death. Truth brings life. Jesus is truth and life for the believer.

As you go through your days, always seek to know the truth about yourself, the world around you and what God is doing. Do not run after evil or any sin. Flee sin and run towards the truth.

As truth reveals faults in your life, seek to repent and change with God’s strength by His Holy Spirit. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by false lies, but know the truth.

Do not use truth to destroy others, but to build them up and point them towards Jesus. Always rejoice when truth is revealed, because truth always honors God and shows true love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal all truth to you; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit into all truth; that you will use truth to honor God and build others up; and that you will have God’s love in you for others.

Romans 12:2 Transform, Not Conform

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

One of the most common thoughts that the media wants people to believe is for people to conform. The world wants everyone to be alike, so that no one is left out. The world also wants everyone to accept everyone just as they are and never to expect change.

The mindset of the world is that with unity there will be peace. Everyone can live as each one desires.

After showing how God grafted any who believe into His family, Paul points out what to do with that information. He says to not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed in the mind to know God’s will.

Every believer was in the world at one point in his life. He lived and thought as the world did, living in and promoting sin. At some point every believer has chosen to become a believer in Jesus and accept what He did for him.

It is at this point that the believer must begin to change his ways and thoughts. Many in the church have not taken this step and have stayed in the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They continue to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to change.

These actions are due to their refuse to transform their thinking to the ways of God. They want to hold on to the past sin, rather than give it up.

Every believer needs to allow God to transform his mind, changing his ways and thinking. Doing this gives the believer strength to live for God and to turn away from sin. It breaks the desire to sin.

Each and every day you have choices to make as to whether you will live for God or live for this world. If you allow the world to influence you and control your thinking, you will live for the world, rejecting what Jesus has done for you.

Choose to live for God. Fill your mind with God’s word and His ways of thinking, acting and speaking. Allow God to transform you into a new creation, giving up the past sins and sinful ways of thinking and acting. Do what God has called you to do and be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will turn from the world towards God; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will live your life for God.