“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!” — Ephesians 4:20-21 TPT
This is a much needed word for the Church today. As society and culture has corroded over time, we must be mindful not to allow the corruption to infiltrate our lives and become spiritually lethargic and apathetic.
We have been taught to let go of the lifestyle of the old man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. We are to be continually renewed in our minds and life choices by every revelation that’s been given to us through the Holy Scriptures and by the Holy Spirit. And to continuously be transformed as we embrace the glorious Christ-within as our new life and live in union with him!
Ephesians 4:24-25 reminds you that “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 one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.
In the midst of a global pandemic and ongoing strife it may be difficult to choose between what’s right or righteous, but the Holy Spirit empowers us to choose righteousness over darkness. Don’t let the passion of your emotions and the daily controversy cause you to sin.
When one knows the truth and refuses to obey it, he is subject to any lie, any deception, any untruth that humanity can conjure up. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). Paul goes on in the next few verses to describe the mindset and behaviors of those who disbelieve (see Romans 1:29-31). As a result of human foolishness and arrogant disdain of the things of God, “God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (Romans 1:28). And correspondingly, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).