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.

Psalm 131:1 Over Thinking

Monkey thinking

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1 

During football season there is a group of people that rise up that feel they know what is best. They are called the ‘arm chair coaches’. They watch a game and see the plays, but feel that they could have made a better call on the game or used a player better.

This type of thinking is common among people. It can be seen in the workplace, neighborhood, cities, churches, governments and more. People feel as if they know how to do things better than what someone else does. This often occurs in fields that people have no experience in or any training in.

David tells God that he is not proud and will not concern himself with something too much for him. He has a good understanding of his position and his abilities.

One area that many people feel that they know what is best in is with how God runs things. People go through a difficult situation and seek God to help out in it. God leads in one way, but the person feels it should be another direction.

Many people have become very angry with God, and some have rejected Him, because they did not agree with how God dealt with a situation in their lives.

This anger comes because they are concerning themselves with something to great for them to understand. God sees the bigger, eternal picture of life, not just the here and now of one individual. As God works out situations in the life of someone, He is looking at how it impacts the individual and everyone else at the same time.

This is a job too big for any person. It destroys all pride.

Going through life you will come up against situations that are greater than you. You may know some things about the situation, but you will not know everything.

Instead of trying to control it all, let it go and allow God to deal with it in His way and time. Concern yourself with things that you can control–how you live for God. Do not worry about things you cannot control.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with pride, thinking you know what is best. God is greater than you and does know what is best. Do not overthink the situation, but let God be in control.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God’s wisdom; and that you will release your control to God’s control. 

Psalm 119:97 Thinking All Day

Thinking by a lake

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Psalm 119:97 

When a person is in love with someone, all he does is think about that someone all day long. His desire is to be with that person. He thinks about how she looks, how she talks, and what she does. His heart skips a beat at the thought of her and nothing else is important at the moment.

Along with being in crazy love with a person, people also become crazy in love for things of this world. Spending all their time thinking about or working on some object is common among many people.

The object of affection takes all of the person’s thoughts throughout the day. It becomes their number one desire over everything else.

The writer of this psalms is in great love for the law of God. He thinks about it all day long.

There are many people who do not like the law. They do not want to be told what they can or cannot do. Some will think about the law in a way to determine how they can get around the law, not to follow it.

God’s law is perfect. There is the written law, that the psalmist was thinking about as he penned these words, but there is God’s law to every believer.

Every time God tells a believer to do something it is a law or a command. In order for a person to begin to follow God and His commands, he must be willing to meditate on what God has said and follow through with it.

Many will seek the wisdom of man, but God’s wisdom is right there for the  taking. All a person must do is hear it, think about it and act upon it. What God tells a person should be what he thinks about all day long to keep him focused upon God.

You may have many things or people you love. The greatest things you can love is God and His word. When God speaks it is His law. Think about what God has told you in His word and in your heart.

Realize how great the words of God are for you. They will bring you life. His words and commands are to guide you to be like Jesus in every way.

Be crazy in love with God and His word to you today and see what God can do in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will think about what God has said all day; and that God will give you strength to obey His commands for your life.