Ephesians 5:8-10 Be A Child Of Light

 

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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.

The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.

Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.

Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.

In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.

As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.

Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.

You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.

As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?

Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.

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Romans 10:3 Submit To God’s Righteousness

 

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Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3

Paul talked about the Israelites were very zealous for God. They wanted to be God’s people, so they sought out how to be righteous before God on their own. They would not submit to the righteousness of God–that is Jesus.

All over the world there are many people who claim to believe in God. They are quick to say that they have a belief in God. Many will say that they believe that they will get into heaven.

When asked why they will get into heaven, many will say because they are a good person, never killed anyone and believe in God. They believe that their own works will get them into heaven.

Many in the church believe in the same way, they believe that they are righteous because of what they do. They go to church, read the bible, and are a good person.

Both are looking at salvation by their own personal works. Yet, getting into heaven is impossible for anyone apart from Jesus. He is the one who is righteous and makes a person righteous.

Others will believe in Jesus, but will add that a person must do certain things to get into heaven. If they do not read five chapters of the bible everyday, memorize a bunch of scripture, go to church every Sunday, then they are not saved. In the same way they are trying to make themselves righteous.

Every person needs the righteousness of Jesus in his life. Only Jesus is perfectly righteous and He extends that righteousness to every one who believes in Him and submits to Him.

As a believer, you must be willing to submit to God’s righteousness in Jesus and then strive to live like He did. You do the works to prove your submission to Jesus, but not to earn your salvation or righteousness. Love God, by doing what He wants and fleeing all sin, not by earning your salvation.

Trust that Jesus is making you righteous before God. He has removed your sins and makes you clean. Do not try to establish your own righteousness, you will fall short in the end.

Everything you do should be out of belief in Jesus and what He has done for you. Submit today and know His salvation and righteousness.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness Jesus provides; that you will not seek to earn your salvation; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you. 

Romans 4:5 Not Work, But Faith

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However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5

The majority of the people around the world like to earn what they get. They are willing to work in order to get something. Many do not want to just get something for free.

One challenge is that many people want a lot more for what they work for than what they actually deserve. People want a very large paycheck for a small amount of work, yet, they still want to be able to say that they worked for the paycheck.

There are also many who make the statement that a person will treasure what he works for more than what is just given to him. This implies that people must work more for the things that they want.

This type of thinking has also come into the thinking of many people in the church. People work very hard to be a “good” Christian. They will go to church, carry a Bible, quote a few good verses, don’t drink/smoke, and dress very nicely on Sunday. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, none of them help a person with being righteous.

Righteousness, which is being right and holy before God, is only achieved by faith in God’s grace and mercy. It is faith in what Jesus has done for the person that makes a person righteous before God.

All of the actions that a believer does, should be done out of love for God and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for him. None of these actions need to be done to make a person righteous.

As a believer, you must have faith in the work Jesus has done for you. Having faith in God is putting your trust in Jesus. Trusting that Jesus has forgiven you and will save you.

While having that faith, you must work for God as though your salvation depended upon your own work. The works you do, do not earn your salvation, but prove that you are saved. It shows that you are grateful to God for what He has done for you.

As you are going through your life, stop working to earn your salvation from God. The price has already been paid. The work has already been done for you. Just trust God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the work of Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you no longer work for your salvation.   

John 16:8-9 Revealing The Truth

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“When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me;” John 16:8-9

As Jesus is telling the disciples that He is about to leave to go to the Father, He also gives them some hope. He tells them that He will send the Holy Spirit, a comforter and advocate for them. The Holy Spirit will prove to that world that the world is wrong about sin.

The majority of people in the world do not really believe that there is such a thing as sin. People try to be convinced that anything is acceptable and there will be no judgment against it. There is no higher power, who is in absolute control of everything.

Believing this way removes all responsibility or accountability. This allows people to do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it.

Truth is something that the world is saying is a vague thing and cannot really be known. Truth is relative to the individual. And there are believers and churches that are starting to say the same thing and follow the ways of this world.

As good as this may sound, it is not truth. Jesus said that He is the Truth. When He left this world He sent the Holy Spirit to guide every person in the truth. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth.

If a person opens his heart up to God and allows himself to be led by the Holy Spirit, he will begin to see the truth. He will begin to realize the ways of this world are not truth, but sin.

God has standards set in place for the ways people must live. The world tries to reject those standards, but they still do not change and are not negated.

As a believer, you must not allow yourself to be led by this world. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into what is truth and what is not. Many things can look good, but are still false.

Through the scriptures and guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can know the truth. You can also begin to recognize the false statements of this world. He will prove that the world is wrong and that Jesus is correct.

Who will you believe today?

I pray today that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to not follow the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the lies of this world; and that you will know the Truth about Jesus and His ways.

Hosea 10:12 Seek The LORD

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Hosea was describing Israel and how they had been a growing, powerful nation, but had chosen to walk away from God. They chose to follow idols rather than follow God. Now he is telling them that they must start sowing righteousness and love to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. The ground must be broken up. They are to seek God and His righteousness.

When a person has chosen to walk away from God, his heart has become a hardened ground, no longer sowing righteousness or love. Israel had become this way as they chose to do their own thing in rebellion to God. During the time of Israel, all righteousness was based on their own works for God. In the process of refusing to follow God, there would be no righteousness, thus no salvation.

Jesus brought the perfect righteousness to all people and is willing to shower it down on every person who accepts it. In order to accept His righteousness, one must turn from sin and strive to live for God a righteous life. The love that God is pouring out on a person, must be poured out again upon others. One must allow the Holy Spirit to break up the hardness of the heart living in sin, to be able to plant a living heart of flesh in his life.

Change must occur in the heart and life of a person, when he chooses to follow Jesus. The time to choose Jesus is now.

If you are not doing so already, it is time to follow Him with all of your heart. In this way you will be sowing righteousness and reaping the fruit of His unfailing love in your life and towards the lives of others. Jesus is ready to shower down His righteousness and holiness upon you, if you are willing to accept it.

As you seek Jesus, He will be found. Break up the ground of a sinful heart and make it one that is following Jesus. Take time each day to seek Jesus and know what He wants for you. He is coming again, and you do not want to be found not following Him.

I pray today that you will seek Jesus with all of your heart; that you will allow God to give you a heart of flesh; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will accept the righteousness of Jesus in your life; and that you will reap His unfailing love.