Daily Devotions: September 1, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Ephesians chapter 5

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Paul charged the church, “Live as people of the the Light!” A Life with God and a life without God are as different as day and night. The life lived for God is filled with love and imitates Christ. It is a life that seeks to do what is pleasing to the Lord. Those who live this life make the most of every opportunity to serve Christ, and are committed to finding and following the will of God. To live as people of the Light we must be Spirit filled. Yield your heart fully to God so that He may fill you with His Presence. When you do your heart will be full of praise and thankfulness to God. Your conduct, since you have been saved, in comparison to how you once lived should be as different as day and night. Paul said, “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.” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NLT). “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 the 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… For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of the Light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” (Ephesians 5:5-9 NLT)

Prayer: “Lord, fill us with Your light and fill us with Your Spirit so that our lives may reflect the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron