“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). When a person is filled with wine or alcohol, every aspect of his being is controlled by it. Likewise, we are to be controlled completely by the Holy Spirit. We must get ourselves out of the way and allow the Spirit to influence and control everything in our lives. Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34). He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. Be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit.
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” (Philippians 3:9). Paul’s desire was to be found in Christ, not by his merits but by the accomplishment of Christ which resulted in salvation for all. True Biblical Christianity is the only religion in which, God reached down to man. The Bible says “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). Christ became human like you and me to bear our sins upon the cross. To die in our place. All other religions are striving to reach God, whoever he may be to them. Paul wrote, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9). You can not get to God on what you do, only on what Christ did at Calvary, It Is Finished. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, If not go to my website http://www.T4GM.org and click the link “How To Become A Christian?”
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14) Paul had nothing he could boast about except the cross of Christ. He had sold out to Jesus lock, stock, and barrel, so much so that he could declare to all, that the world no longer had any allurement to him. Are you sold out to Jesus or does the world still grip you? Do you “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)? Be totally committed to Jesus today and every day.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1). We live in a world in which the darkness of sin is overwhelming. However, a light has come that will dispel the darkness. The light is Jesus Christ, He said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12). As children of God, we are to arise in this darkness and shine His light which is in us. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Arise and let the Light of Christ shine through you.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). We are told to walk circumspectly, in other words, live carefully. As wise Christians, we are to see the world through God’s eyes and use every opportunity to please and glorify the Lord. When the opportunity to serve the Lord arises, we should seize that moment, because evil dominates this world and eventually those opportunities may vanish. In Ephesians 5:8, we are told that we are light in the Lord and should walk as children of light. Look for the moments to serve God and be that light that someone needs today.
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4). This verse calls us to rejoice continually throughout our lives. A key word in this verse is “alway.” it is hard to rejoice sometimes. But, we are called to rejoice, when our lives are falling apart when our marriage is on the rocks when we have lost a loved one. Whenever a problem arises, rejoice in the Lord. We are to focus on the blessing we have in Christ and be grateful regardless of the circumstances. Circumstances may determine our happiness but only true joy comes from Jesus. Rejoice in the Lord today. Have a Blessed Day! T4GM.ORG
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) What a verse to start the morning with. As you prepare for the day, dwell on His Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you spend time in God’s Word. Let His Word permeate your whole being. Also, don’t forget to help others by sharing the Word of God. Teach and sing the Word to each other through the grace that God has given you in your heart. May God bless your time with Him today as you praise and worship Him. Have a Blessed Day! T4GM.ORG