Gotta Stand Pt. 1

      As the Earth trembles, as the heavens convulse, as nations shudder the kingdom of God stands firm. God has given His people a method for standing when all around is falling apart. I would like to take a little bit of time this week to talk about how we as Christians can practically keep standing through the storms of life. We are going to be dealing with a passage from the Word of God starting in  Ephesians chapter 4:17 and going on until we reach  chapter 6:18. Along the way as we read I am going to stop and make some comments as we let the Scripture just speak to us. Let’s begin:

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.” Ephesians 4:17-19 NLT

    Here Paul begins by saying that when we become  Christian there has to be a change in the way we live. If we have given our lives to Jesus there should be a change in our behavior. As  Christians if we want to stand through life’s storms we have to begin to live for God and stop living for lustful pleasure and impurity. In a culture that highly values the pleasing of self, this idea of walking away from the things we desire becomes problematic for all of us; But as the Earth groans louder and louder the need for us to change in order to stand is going to become increasingly important. Let’s get a little more specific with this….

Check in on Friday for the sequel

Tomorrow is Pastor Wrinkles! 🙂

 

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12 thoughts on “Gotta Stand Pt. 1

  1. That we have to change in order to stand makes so much sense. Thank you for helping us with this. It maybe explains why He is asking me to walk away from some things too. Things that I have struggled with, had trouble with. But now He is helping me . . .I feel His strength where I’ve had none. God bless you! Looking forward to the sequel. 🙂

    • Isn’t it awesome how God works with us in these changes Debbie. God has called me to many things I cannot do on my own; But He is always faithful to help me when He says “Change!” In light of what I have written God has challenged me in some new areas. I hope to share those in days ahead. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Pastor J. You confirmed a word that God spoke to my heart the other day.
    Do not travel the same road in which you came from, the great deceiver is waiting for you. If I have spoken truth into your life stand on it and don’t be deceived. For he will twist the truth to get your focus off of me. Be strong in the Lord and stand your ground.
    So many of us will be shaken in the days to come. I pray that God continues to help me stand my ground through the storms. Can’t wait until Friday.

    • Yes indeed Ann! 🙂 I am learning to say “Lord Thou art the Potter I am the clay.” I struggle so much with the molding processs sometimes. But He is soooo patient.

  3. >> “when we become Christian there has to be a change in the way we live”
    AMEN! When I became a Christian my life changed COMPLETELY – (thankfully!)
    _I_ didn’t change. I had no part in it. HE changed me: His life IN me changed me.

    However, even though He changed me, the process is on-going. I dare say this is what you are going to say in the coming blogs, so I’ll wait.

    • So true. Paul lists the changes that should be taking place but we are GOD’S workmanship not our own. We need the Lord to change everything about us for we can change nothing.

  4. Hello Pastor J,

    Once we have given our lives to the Lord, we begin to see ourselves as in need of great change! We see ourselves as sinners, undone, unclean, wretched, etc. However, we are powerless to change on our own! Thanks be to God, for the Holy Ghost on the inside, working on the outside, bringing about this much-needed change in me! Praise God!

    When I came to your site, I felt like a child who needed to catch up on her homework. 🙂 So, I will be working on just that.

    God bless!

    • You are so right Paulette. We are powerless to change ourselves just as we were powerless to save ourselves. Our role is to present ourselves before the throne of God. his job is to change us. So often we try to do God’s job for Him. That never works out well!

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