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Because the Days Are Evil

March 7, 2015

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Because  the Days  Are Evil

Growing up  in a protected family environment,  most children  do not experience much  of the evils  of this world.     They look forward  to life  with an expectancy  of trusting  in goodness,  protection,  and a surrounding love  —  in all the people  around them.     But,  as they reach the age  of independence,  they quickly start meeting up  with every sort  of temptation.     Then it is time  to grow up  —  to become mature  in their thinking  and choices.

Paul wanted the Ephesian congregation  to become mature  —  grown up  —  in their thinking.     Paul instructed  the Ephesians to  “be imitators  of God,  as beloved children”  and pointed out  a long list  of immoralities  and impurities  that would rob them  of a right relationship  with God  and their salvation  for all eternity.     Although  the world  would certainly  be pushing them  to follow  all the immoralities  and impurities  of this world,  Paul warned them,  “Let no one deceive you  with empty words”.

Those  “empty words”  glibly lead one  to take part  in silly talk  and dirty jokes  —  claim immoralities are our right  —  glorify covetousness  and greed  —  encourage drunkenness  and sexual abuses  of every sort  —  and mock  the ways  of the Lord.

Paul tells us all  in Ephesians 5:15-17,

Therefore  be careful  how you walk,  not as unwise men  but as wise,  making the most  of your time,  because the days  are evil.     So then  do not be foolish,  but understand  what the will  of the Lord  is.    

As this world pushes  its ideas  of political correctness  on us,  we need  to  “be careful”  in all our thinking  and actions.     Life is very short.     We shouldn’t imagine  our foolish actions  will be easily undone.     Facing  all the temptations  of this world  will not be easy  “because  the days  are evil”.     As we “understand  what the will  of the Lord is”  we will see  how it is  a great blessing  to help us  and care  for us.

In our heavenly Father’s care,  we thankfully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your loving guidance.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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