Don’t Give Yourself Up - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Don’t Give Yourself Up

 

February 9

 

Read Ephesians 4:17-19

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

 

Reflect

What dark and empty ways of thinking are you seeing in the world today? How does it contrast with the Word of God?

 

The philosophies of the world often look appealing. The world says you only live once, so you might as well live it up and enjoy it. The world says if it isn’t hurting anybody, what’s the big deal? Plus, you deserve to be happy and be your true self. It sounds liberating when the culture says nobody else should be able to tell you how to live. And our selfish selves love to be told to “love yourself” and “follow your heart.” Listen, all of that sounds good but those philosophies are just tickling your ears.

 

Here, the apostle Paul was telling the Ephesians that they should no longer walk as the Gentiles do. He said that their way of thinking is darkened, ignorant, and futile. They are separated from God and they are hard-hearted towards Him. Just like calluses on your feet prevent you from being sensitive to sharp rocks, calluses on your heart prevent you from being sensitive to the pokes and prods of the Holy Spirit convicting you of your sin.

 

It’s very obvious that the same applies to our culture today. We live in an age of information. Everyone claims to know it all and everyone thinks their way is best. Many believe that they are more “enlightened” than people who believe the Bible. But they couldn’t be more in the dark about the truth! They believe they are more intelligent than everyone else because they question everything and reject authority in almost all of its forms - most especially, the authority of God and His Word.

 

Following that way of life is futile. There is no long-term pay-off. Just short-term gain with the consequences of a whole lot of pain. That is why Paul says they have “given themselves up.” The formula is pretty simple. If you do not know Christ, your thinking is selfish, deceived, and corrupt which leads to greedy, immoral, and ungodly behavior. And that kind of behavior leads to a life separate from God. It is emptiness.

 

Friend, don’t give yourself up. If you are in Christ, do not look to the philosophies of our time. Read the timeless Word of God and seek to obey it. Submit to the authority of Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to truth. You will find that you don’t just live, die, and that’s it. You live forever. How, where, and with whom do you want to spend your eternity? I don’t want to give myself up to the empty darkness and forever like without God. I want to persevere in Christ. I want to spend eternity walking in His truth, in His freedom, in His security, in His joy, in His love, and in His presence. How about you?

 

Pray

Lord, soften my heart toward You. Renew my thinking and illuminate my mind with Your truth. I submit to You and Your Word. Help me to walk in obedience to You. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Yes, Pastor Nat, I too want to walk in His presence and in His love eternally.
Praying this prayer
I am not in the darkness, but into the light of Christ.
Amen 🙏
Heavenly Father I Praise You and Thank You for each new day drawing nearer to me as I to You. I Praise You Father for being the only True Joy within the life You given me in You Lord. When I am weak You are my Strength Faithful endlessly. In every battle You Lead the way. Please Lord Bless me to stop chasing after the world and to stay fixed and locked on You Lord. Please Father Bless remove from my heart all that is displeasing to You. We are granted this Beautiful life only through You Father who lives inside of me/us Your Children. Help me to live every moment seeking more of You Lord as I let go give and surrender all to You that is not of You. Father in today's world You see and know all, I believe You are speaking to us Lord to remind us to Love one another and Trust in You alone. I Rise up for You Lord each new morning Praising Your name trying to stay on Your Path, Lord I fall short sometimes in those times please cleanse me bring me back to only Your Will Ways Path Light and Perfect Timing keep me seeing through Your eyes Father. For this I let go give and surrender all to You letting God. In Jesus name Amen
Maureen Just and believe our Savior will never Fail us. Father we Pray with our sister in You to continue to soften her son's hearts your children to You Oh Lord. Please keep them in Your Will Way Path Perfect Timing and Light. That they may Glorify Your Holly Name Daily growing stronger within You alone. In Jesus name Amen
This what I need to have today, thank you Jesus for saving me.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER ;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT THAT IA AWESOME I NEED TO LIVE WITH YOU SEND ME YOUR THOUGHTS INTO MY MIND ;SOUL;MY HEART WITH YOUR HEART ALSO TO MY WHOLE FAMILY;TOO *THANKYOUJESUS;AMEN@*
Very relevant to today's world. I am so thankful for God's Word and that I can always run to it in times of stress. I am also thankful for "Back to the Bible" as I read each day. It helps me get my day off to a good start. I also like to read it just before I spend time studying each day. God bless each of you.
AMEN!
There is so much darkness in this world. Sickness and death is all around us. We need the light of Jesus
This is much needed in a world full of sin. It is every where, so keeping our eyes on Christ is essential. Thank you.
Thank you dear Heavenly Father
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen
We live in dark and wicked times. Jesus is the light, life, and truth. Through him I can be in his presence Forever.
Thank you🙏🏻. I want to spend Forever with my Lord and Savior❤️🙏🏻
Maureen - I am praying with you for your sons to grow closer to God today!
Amen Please pray for my sons strength as they continue in their walk with our Father and they continue to draw closer as these end times grow more dismal. In Jesus name I pray and thank the Lord for receiving it.
Lord, I thank You for being near and with me always. I want You to allow Your Holy Spirit to come and keep me in Your Word and not removed from You. I am unable to make it without You Lord. I want to know more and more about You. I want to be transformed from the ways of this world and live in the will You have for my life. I love You Lord. In Your Son Jesus name, Amen.
The OT declared, “The Lord who stretches out the heavens...forms the spirit of a person within him...” (Zec 12). 2 Tim teaches that in the times we live in, the world will be “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Father, as you created and bestowed to me an eternal spirit, I thank you for the blood of the Lamb which allows me to draw close to You. I pray that you hold me close and help me overcome this world. All praise be to You...Amen
Amen
Yes if we want it, and seek him!
Your truth I hide in my heart that I might not sin against you. That is my goal and for all the victories I achieved it was because Jesus used His word and the power of the Holy Spirit to direct my thinking and actions. I pray that the victories grow and my sinful desires and actions decrease. Lord please forgive me of my desires to find joy anywhere but in you, the source of all true joy. Amen
The Lord always gives us a way out of temptation, question is, Will you take it?
Lord, search my heart and remove any part that is not in alignment with Your will and replace it with Your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Amen! 🙏🏼💗
Amen
I loved this. Thank you!
I need You God🙏🏻
Great let me Lord Walk with you forever give me the strength to follow your word. I love you Lord in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Amen