Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ephesians 5:7-8

Ephesians 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

Verse 7 on the side in my bible says have nothing to do with them. In other words separate. I probably should have included this one with verse 6. If you scroll back a message you will see that it talked about vain words deceiving you and disobedience bringing on the wrath of God. Sounds like a good reason to separate to me.

:8 See the past tense? ye were, not you are. The second part of that verse is present tense. Ye are light in the Lord. Then it tells us to walk as children of light. That is pretty simple to understand. The Lord saved you, assuming you asked for salvation, now you are required and should desire to walk in His glorious light. What path will you choose today? Don't be fooled it is a moment by moment decision.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ephesians 5:6

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Here is the definitions of vain according to the 1828 Websters dictionary.

VAIN, a. [L. vanus; Eng. wan, wane, want.]

1. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.

2. Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain.

3. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; elated with a high opinion of one's own accomplishments, or with things more showy than valuable; conceited.

4. Empty; unreal; as a vain chimers.

5. Showy; ostentatious.

6. Light; inconstant; worthless.

7. Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.

8. False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious.

9. Not effectual; having no efficacy

Do you use vain words? Are you vain in general? Do you think everything is about you? Remember the old worldly song that said I bet you think this song is about you, don't you, you're so vain. The word says being vain or using vain words brings the wrath of God down on you. That you are disobedient. I know I will watch my words more closely, will you?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ephesians 5:3-5

5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

I know I was doing one verse at a time but these I thought should stay together.

Do you consider yourself a saint? Do you have any of these things in your life? There is so much in these 3 small verses isn't there?

Let's start at the beginning. We all know the meaning of fornication and most of you are saying oh I am not guilty of that one. Well hold on a minute. You may not be guilty of the worlds view of fornication but what about God's? This includes spiritual fornication. Have you ever put anything before God, including your own desires and I don't mean physical desires though that is included. But any desire to do anything that you want when you know that is not what God would have you do right now could be considered spiritual fornication.

Do you talk foolishly? Anything not gloifying to God is foolish talking. Jesting can be fine, but is it at someone else's expense? Do you idolize anything or anyone, including yourself? If you put yourself first, before God or others, then you are idolizing yourself. Ephesians says if you do any of these things you have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Just some things to think about today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ephesians 5:2

5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Here we are told to walk in love AS Christ loved us. This is hard to do isn't it? Now I am not talking about the people in your life that are easy to love. What I am talking about are the people in your life, or the people you come into contact with that are difficult to love because of their behavior or attitude. We all have people in our life like that don't we? But no where in this verse, or others for that matter, does it say we are not required to love them as Christ loves us. No it is not easy, no it is not what we always want to do, but it is what we are called to do. May this scripture be a reminder to all of us today. Especially me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ephesians 5:1

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5 starts out telling us who we should be following. And that we should do it as children. Dear children. Not hard headed children. A dear child will willingly obey and follow where the parent leads. In this case the parent is God and we are the children. Are you following God as a dear child? Or as a hard headed or hard hearted child? Your attitude toward others will reveal very quickly which one you are being.

I hope in the next few days to work my way through Ephesians taking one or more verses each day and meditating on them and sharing my heart.