Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 11, 2019

Thought For The Week March 17, 2019

From what I saw and what I heard from many who were here on March 10, we had a real visit from the Holy Spirit in our worship service.  The Lord spoke through three different individuals.  The message was that we may face dark times in life but that God will always be with us and carry us through.  He said that He is the Light in the darkness.  Then He said that we must take His truth out into the world.

During a time of prayer at the altar, many sensed the Lord’s presence in a very strong way encouraging and showing how much He loves us.  The time of worship ended with a thought from Scripture where Jesus said that if earthly fathers know how to give gheir children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give us the Holy Spirit, which confirmed that God is a good Father!  If you weren’t here, you missed a real move of God.  I trust that He will continue to manifest His presence in coming weeks.

In the message, the Lord showed us five behavior practices that tell us what it looks like to Put on the new man (Ephesians 4:24).  These practices are vital for followers of Jesus since they not only reflect the new life He has given us but they also serve to support and build up real Christian community.  Let me share them one more time:

  1. Replace lies with truth.
  2. Replace uncontrolled anger with self-control.
  3. Replace stealing with honest work.
  4. Replace trashy talk with grace filled words.
  5. Replace hostility with kindness.

If you consider these practices for any time at all, it is pretty obvious that the negative side of this conduct is always destructive to relationships.  Lies, anger, theft, unwholesome words, and bitterness all hurt others and often, hurt the ones with whom we are the closest.  On the other hand, truth, self-control, hard work, gracious speech, and kindness marked by forgiveness all enhance and grow relationships.

Paul has taken three chapters to affirm very powerfully that those who follow Jesus have been given a new life as God’s adopted children.  He then followed that in chapter four, with the idea that it’s time to act like we belong in the family of God.  These five practices will identify us as just that, God’s family.  By living like this we show the world what Jesus is like and when people know what Jesus is really like, they are attracted to Him.

So, I guess the question would be, have I really put on the new man like Paul says?  Or do I still walk around looking like that old person I was?  The new man is supposed to look like Jesus.  Whom do I look like?. Just a thought.

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