Empty Words

 

February 16

 

Read Ephesians 5:3-7 (ESV)

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them.

 

Reflect

Why should Christians flee from sin if we are already forgiven for it?

 

It’s likely that you’ve heard someone justify their sin by saying something like “It’s ok. I have grace. I can walk in freedom.” AKA “I can do whatever I want.” Chances are, you’ve even said the same thing to yourself once or twice when you have been tempted by sin. But friends, this is just not true. It’s not ok to do whatever you want. Obedience to Christ matters.

 

At the time Paul was writing this, there were false Christians who were saying the same thing. They were abusing the grace of God. Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”

 

In today’s passage, Paul says that those who claim to be believers but still live in sin have “no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (v. 5). How can that be? Christians cannot lose their salvation after all. And Christians still sin. Certainly, we don't immediately become perfect once we accept Christ. But if we really are Christians, our actions should prove our faith. Our obedience is the “fruit” or evidence that we really have been saved. Those of us who have been saved should experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit to correct us when we sin so that we do a 180 and repent!

 

Paul specifically mentions sexual immorality and covetousness as sins that have no place in our new life in Christ. He also mentions filthy and crude speech. Even many non-Christians notice when Christians talk dirty because it seems out of place. Sadly, this hinders or even destroys an opportunity for sharing our faith. If we act worldly just like everyone else, we won’t seem to have a lot to offer those who are searching for an out of this world hope.

 

Don’t be deceived when people tell you it’s ok to dabble in darkness. We do not need to be legalistic and of course, we won’t be perfect. But we should not deliberately, willfully, and persistently sin. Friends, our lifestyle should reflect our faith. Don’t believe the empty words that tell you otherwise.

 

Pray

Jesus, please help me to walk in contentment, purity, and holiness. I want to be set apart for You and obedient to Your Word. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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I need to ask God forgiveness of any sin that is hidden in my life.
Lord. I pray that my true desire to please you be shown in my actions. My flesh is weak and my spirit is weakened when I don't follow YOUR WAY.
Amen.... Help me Lord
Lord, help me escape the gradual falling back into the type of language which leads to filthy conversation and which can cause me the loss of opportunity to share my faith. Help me to speak in faith and in truth. Amen.
Thank you pastor nat Lord help me to work wholly in when I forget please give me a nudge set me apart from the bad influence
Lord I thank you that you word says we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord. We live in the world but should not let the world reign on our bodies as belonging to Jesus. How can the world see salt and light in us if we look no different than they. Please help your children to live as those who know you are our our redeemer and soon coming King. Dear Lord may we live with our lamps trimmed like the bride waiting for her groom not knowing when he shall come to take her away. May we be those that are looking to you like my precious beautiful gray haired lady saying as she looks out her window “is it today, Lord, is it today?
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT HELP ME WITH THIS FOR MY WHOLE FAMILY & MYSELF; THANKYOUJESUS@*
Heavenly Father I Praise You and Thank You for Loving us First. For giving us Your children life back only in and through You Our Savior Jesus Christ. Father You tell us in Your World that our true struggles are not of the flesh and blood but of the dark and evil one. Lord I know we are not meant to be perfect for only You Father are! Please Lord Bless us give of the strength through Your Holly Spirit to always rebuke the evil one that causes us to sin. Father I am a sinner but in my sin I turn to You and repent holding on to Your Promises to give me the courage to not to repeat the same sin over and over again. But instead Lord draw me nearer to You Bless and teach me through Your Word and Your Holly Spirit to become more and more like You in ever way. Please use me in Your Ways for Your Will to follow only on Your Path hand and hand as You OH Lord lead The way. Please let Your Light You shine bright within me each new day so all can see You, that I may bring more to You. By The True Blessings of imitating who Your are Lord. Father I Thank You for hearing my Prayer accepting it and allowing me to let go surrendering all to You and Let God Be always, In Jesus name Amen
Amen help me much love to all
help us, Lord
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Thank you for a very candid but relevant question. Addictions are a unique battle. We all have sinful proclivities, but certain addictions are harder to kick than others. Sex and food are a couple of those examples. We all need to eat. We are all sexual as well, so again, a natural element misguided and abused. A theologian once said, "Sin is meeting a legitimate need in an illegitimate way." So having said that there are hope and recovery for sexual addictions. It takes different steps plus mercy and grace along the way. It seems like there are several components for recovery: repentance, renewal, help, and forgiveness. The first is repentance. We know that viewing pornography and acting upon it is sin. A sign of our salvation is a struggle against sinful desires and remorse when sin has occurred. It's like tax collector in Luke 18:13, "But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'" The second is renewal. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." We are called to be conformed to the image of Christ, but this doesn't happen naturally. God offers us a chance to be changed, but we must participate in the process. Part of this process is the combination of the will and the action. Do you want to change? If so, what are you doing to do so? At the Center for Bible Engagement, we've discovered that if a person engages in God's Word 4 or more times per week, 59% are less likely to view pornography. So we must lean into the change process. It begins by engaging in God's Word 4 or more times per week. The third is help. Sexual sin requires outside help. It begins by prayer and asking God for strength to flee temptation and stand firm against the opportunity. But it also is beneficial to seek help from someone else. It may be the involvement of a counselor. It is likely accountability from a fellow brother or sister in Christ. It can come from a pastor, but you need help in the battle. The fourth is forgiveness. If you are saved, you are forgiven for every sin you'll ever commit. But Satan would love nothing more than to shame you and make you feel like you are hopeless and unforgivable. So you need to continue to confess your sin to God. And forgive yourself in the process of sinning. There are hope and recovery available for us all regardless of the sin struggle. I pray you find this freedmon.
Thank you Pastor Have a wonderful day
This is true If you continue in sin and not ask to be forgiven or ask God to show you the way something is wrong Seek Christ and His Word today
LORD, HELP ME TO ALWAYS FOCUS ON YOU AND YOUR WORD DAILY, SO THAT I MAY ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR WILL FOR MY LIFE. I LOVE YOU LORD IN YOUR NAME AMEN
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Amen! I always find value in the WORD Thank you for teaching us
Hi....the way I look at the journey of life...if any sin bothers the person...they confess it and they strife to stop it, and do it less and less (They fall less and get up faster) then that is sanctification....salvation is a one time confession of faith...but sanctification is a lifetime. One of my favorite verses is "He that has begun a good work in me will continue to do it unto the day of redemption." Or as I have heard Joyce Myers says - I'm changing, I'm changing, and just because the enemy says I' m not changing, I know I'm changing! I'm not where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be, I'm OK and I'm on my way! If you can look back and see you falling less, confessing the sin and asking the Lord for forgiveness faster, then you are on your way home. PS I have seen this in my own life, so just keep keepin on. Blessings & Love J
Amen
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I agree, God will help us to follow Jesus example if we just ask and believe🙏🏻🙏🏻
I try and think of it this way, when I am tempted to sin I think of putting on dirty clothes, and I would not want to da that, instead I think of outting on new clothes (of Christ) seems to get priorities straight. Not the ways of the world (dirty clothes) nut the rightiousness of Christ (new clothes)!
Absolutely! We can't eliminate what we don't confront in ourselves.
Amen! Pastor Nat, I'm in total agreement with your prayer.
Thank you for this message, I needed it today.
Amen!
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. This is also true of our selfs. But , when we are able to admit to our weaknesses and “ work out our own salvation “ ( phil 2:12) as the apostle Paul tells us . We can be sure of who we belong to. If you find your self in doubt , I hope this helps. P S. Your not alone. May the LORD be your guide Y B I C. Chaz.
Every Christian struggles with daily sin, but one key to changing your ways is to confront ourselves and call out own sins to Jesus. This simple act helps us get on the path to repentance. In Eph 6:12, Paul tells us that “...our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but...against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” To break the bond of sin, we need to ask for God’s help to so order our lives after the example of Christ... NO, it is not easy but we do need to make this struggle a central part of our lives... Give me the strength to overcome my own sinful nature, Lord Jesus Christ - Amen!
Lord I want to be able to come into Your Kingdom. I want to be more and more like You each and every day. Lord allow Your Holy Spirit to come and reveal to others what a good pure and humble Christian looks and acts like. Allow others to follow and be lead to You. I am not perfect and do try to block out all the ungodly behavior and thoughts and behave in ways that are pleasing and glorifying to You. I love You Lord. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank you Jesus, it has been a struggle to walk circumspect a couple years ago because I kept reverting but I have committed to record my daily activities just to help me eliminate the things that so easily besets me and to focus more on the Lord. Thank you Pastor Crawford
Thank you, Father. Amen.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them.” When we become believers in Jesus we have this overwhelming desire to love and obey Him. It is a great experience and we hope it last until we see Jesus face to face. But we still have sin in our lives that tempts us to disobey and find fun in dishonorable ways. We must battle those desires by prayer, reading scripture and worship. When we fail and sin we must ask Jesus for forgiveness and repent. The warning is strong that if we give up the battle for righteousness we will experience God’s wrath. That is why Paul said “to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Jesus keep us loving you and battling sin. For your glory Jesus and our joy. Amen
This is encouraging, even though I have read this verse numerous times, with you confirming the verse as a Pastor, helps me stand my ground. I pray that God would lead me to more grounded and rooted into God's word Christians so I won't weaken in .y faith by the ones who think it's alright to compromise.
Very helpful. I want to walk with Jesus not with the world Please Father God cover me with your holy spirit in Jesus Christ name Amen. Love You Father
I struggle with this daily, thank you for the reaffirming.
This post is what we need as Christ followers to live out.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen
I am blessed and encourage by this piece. Thank God for this devotional
WOOOOWWWWWWWWWW. Today's devotion is really inspiring and educating. But I have a Question Probably if a Man is struggling for the Addiction of Masturbation and Pornography. He as denounced it times without number as promise God not to do it again. Also working it out not to be a victim of it again. But always seeing himself end up in the Act, while this gives him Sorrow, Weakness, Constant Headache and Pain. How can the Man be helped?