Day 10: 21 Days to Your Eternal Husband
Dear His Beloved,
Today, we marinate in the words Paul gives to the Ephesians instructing them on "Christian Living" and ask the Lord to speak to us uniquely. What is hidden here that I need today in my life? What do I need a revelation of today? I have learned that information does not transform us, but a revelation of that information! So ask the Father to open your heart first for a revelation....
So often we make a decision to turn toward God or seek Him fully, and we expect God to step in and completely transform us. However, in this letter Paul is clear that it is our duty to discard some ways and to take up some new ways!
He begins by urging them to live a life worthy of their calling! I don't know about you, but that does something to my spirit. Am I living a life worthy of the calling on my life? Hmmmm....
Then Paul instructs them on what that life looks like. Today we get in His Word and allow His truth to guide us into the life He calls us to.
Ephesians 4: 17-32
So with the wisdom given to me from the Lord I say: You should not live like the unbelievers around you who walk in their empty delusions.Their corrupted logic has been clouded because their hearts are so far from God—their blinded understanding and deep-seated moral darkness keeps them from the true knowledge of God. Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession.
But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!
And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self - life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness. So discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as onewho always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.
But don’t let the passion of your emotions lead you to sin! Don’t let anger control you or be fuel for revenge, not for even a day. Don’t give the slanderous accuser, the Devil, an opportunity to manipulate you! If any one of you has stolen from someone else, never do it again. Instead, be industrious, earning an honest living, and then you’ll have enough to bless those in need.
And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.
The Holy Spirit of God has sealed you in Jesus Christ until you experience your full salvation. So never grieve the Spirit of God or take for granted his holy influence in your life. Lay aside bitter words, temper tantrums, revenge, profanity, and insults. But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.
Take some time today and journal some truth that spoke to you as your read Ephesians 4. Read it a few times and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you uniquely. This is becoming the Beloved when we know the heart of God and His heart towards us! You will only get there through communicating and time with Him!
On a side note: Often people claim to struggle with issues they have no power over like their tongue in conflict, but I beg to differ on this matter. If you can stop what your saying, if your Pastor walked up, then you can control your tongue with your spouse or children, you are just not choosing too! Embrace the words of Paul here and let your words be beautiful blessings to others today!
In His Grip,