How Not To Live. How To Live.

Ephesians 5:1-20

Living in the Light

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    rise up from the dead,
    and Christ will give you light.”

Living by the Spirit’s Power

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Stumblethought #1


 Ephesians 1:13-14

 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Watched San Andreas. I gritted my teeth the whole time. It was really exciting. Not much of a story or plot. But you can’t really expect much. Except destruction and really lucky people being alive.

So, if we really took a step back. A really huge step back. We can’t really determine our destiny can we? It all boils down to if God has chosen us.

All we can decide is what our response will be.

Little boy, she’s way out of your league.

One of my all time favourite bands is called Icon For Hire. Their latest album ‘Icon For Hire’ is seriously awesome. You all need to go listen and buy their music. Fix Me is one of my favourite songs in that album.

And that’s all I have for today kids.

Sin, When It Is Full-Grown, Brings Forth Death.

 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Imagine a baby. Not a cute one. A bright red one. With hungry eyes. And sharp teeth. Three horns on it’s head. It’s not crying, or screaming, or flailing it’s arms. Just waiting. Staring. Waiting for food. Waiting to grow. Waiting to devour you when you make yourself vulnerable.

That’s what I imagine when I read James 1:14-15. My sins will be the death of me.

When I entertain my desire with my mind, I conceive a life, or death in this case. When I choose to act, it becomes a sin; the baby has come into existence. And the more I feed this baby, the more it grows and drains me. One day, this baby will be strong enough to overpower me and kill me.

I have sinned a lot. Today, yesterday, and everyday before that. I need to stop. God help me. Cleanse me with your holy Fire. Purify. Teach me to be strict with myself. Teach me obedience. Grant me the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation. Teach me to stop sin even at it’s conception. Fill me God. Fill me.

Psalm 147:11

Jehovah takes pleasure in those who fear Him, who hope in His mercy.

The word ‘fear’ here made me reflect on my life. Do I fear God? Or do I fear God enough?

I feel like my fear for God is getting less than it used to. I’m talking about my reverence for Him and my respect for Him. And I can admit, after careful evaluation, that I’m probably putting more effort and care into my ministry and my own entertainment rather than God.

My heart broke as I stumbled on this verse. It reminds me of how it used to be. My love for God now is strong. But not as strong as it used to be. I want that again. Those were exciting times. When my faith was like a child’s faith. Now, I think and worry too much. I try to solve problems myself rather than rely on God. I fear letting people down rather than fearing I let God down. I get disappointed in myself rather than hoping in His mercy.

Time to change. Time to let go of myself and my world. Time to embrace God, His goodness, His grace, His mercy, and His promises. And also His discipline (which may be a big reason why I try to avoid Him).

Sorry, Father, for disobeying You. Sorry for hiding from You when I do sin. Sorry for putting ministry and myself before You. Sorry for ignoring Your Love. Jesus, sit on the throne of my heart again. It has always belonged to You. Take control. Holy Spirit, fill my life up to the brim with Your presence, Your fruit, Your living water. Guide me, nudge me, teach me, discipline me, open my eyes to what I need to see. Activate my spiritual senses. Tune me into your frequency, that my heart may beat at the same beat as Yours.

I am nothing without You.