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Revealing The Lie And Walking In Truth
6/25/2014

…if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts Ephesians 4:22 (NKJV)

We have been told in Scripture, as Christians we have been buried in death through our baptism with Christ who was crucified.   And just as Jesus was resurrected, we have also been raised to walk in a new way (Rom. 6:3-4).   The good news is we are no longer slaves to sin—we have been set free.  Our old life of living in sin was nailed to the cross, as the old man was crucified.  As a result of this we have been told to put off our old style of conduct, because it was corrupt according to the deceitful lusts (Eph. 4:22).

Deceit is how the devil lures us into his trap.  Deceit is the act or practice of deceiving or misleading somebody.  In reality it’s a lie carefully packaged into something appearing to be good.  Often times the enemy’s deceit is a rotten apple called lust.  Lust is enhanced by the desire of our flesh to have something or someone in an attempt to find satisfaction.  The worm of this apple is the carefully packaged lie leading us to believe we would somehow be happy if we had what we are lusting for—but we won’t find any lasting happiness—only destruction.

Lust has a way of eroding our life along with our relationships, as we find ourselves no longer satisfied with what we have, and we long for what we don’t have.  The more you feed lust, the more it grows, and the more it demands.  It is like a fire having its coals stoked—it only gets hotter and hotter.  It is the silent killer in our spiritual walk with God, because it destroys our heart, and it causes us to no longer be at peace.

Q:         So how can we avoid the pitfalls of “deceitful lust?”

Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:23-24.

…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23-24 (NKJV)

So we are first told to “put off” our old ways in verse 22, and now in verse 23 we are being told to renew our minds.  This simply means, we are to align our thoughts with those of God and with His ways.  We start this process by making a conscious decision to no longer walk in sin.  By doing this we begin a complete new life with regards to how we talk, live and behave.  And the more we do it, the more we become the New Man (person) in Christ.  It will no longer be the deceit of the devil and his emissaries guiding our actions, it will be our decision to follow and live according to God. 

Make no mistake; we can’t just sit around on a couch and hope one day we will be like Christ.  It doesn’t work this way.  If we continue to be complacent and do the same things, or act in the same way we did yesterday, then we will continue to be the same person we were before we accepted Christ.   As a result we will continue to succumb to the temptations of the enemy.

Let’s choose to make the decision to live our life for Christ, and to glorify His name.  As Christians we have the Holy Spirit living within us to provide His power to enable us to live holy.  Let’s choose to use this power to live for God. 

STUDY QUESTION: What does Ephesians 4:22-24 tell us to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify areas in your life where the enemy is deceiving you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a stand today.  Choose to live for God and to take each thought captive.  Is what you are considering going to bring you closer to God?  Is it going to cause others to want to know God?  Is it something God would do?  If the answer is “NO,” then abandon it and choose to walk in newness of life. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word and the wisdom You are imparting to me.  Help me today to clearly see the enemy’s fiery darts of deception through deceitful lusts.  Give me the power to make the right choices.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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