Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ephesians 4:17-24
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ,
21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

It would take me an hour to go through all that I would like to say about this passage. These are the times I wish I could just record my thoughts in audio instead of typing them all out. I have really been chewing on this passage tonight and the Lord has been calling me to assess my life and allow Him to rid me of anything that is not pleasing to Him. I don't want to walk here without purpose. I don't want to walk in the futility of my mind...just living for me and my selfish desires. That is not how I learned Christ. I truly want to take Him at His word and put off the corruptive, deceitfulness of sin. Anyway, I want to live for Him and I know you do to. I don't want to walk like the rest of the world. I know you get what I am saying. Go read THIS and skip down to part C...if you have time. Maybe you can get a commentary and study Eph 4 for yourself and let God speak.


BethAnne said...

It is funny when I read this post, I was thinking the exact same things (as I do everyday). ""I don't want to walk here without purpose. I don't want to walk in the futility of my mind...just living for me and my selfish desires"". I have such a longing in my heart to TRULY know God every minute of my life and really do something BIG for Him. It is like a stomach turning, aching, deep longing that I cannot explain - I want ALL of God. I can see from your blog that you do too. Sister, I pray you (and I) get ALL OF HIM and I pray He will use us both in a mighty way for His glory.

bookworman said...

This really strikes a cord with me as well.
After facing the loss of a loved one and all the emotions that come with it your reminder of these passages to me has given me a place to start in dealing with my own earthly life and make sure I am living for Christ and not myself.
Never doubt that you are living for Him. He has used you, through your postings to personally minister to me on more than one occassion. I thank Him for it and you for receiving it.