Old Testament: Isaiah 48:12-50:11
Isaiah 48:12-50:11 Peaces Of The Puzzle
Chap. 48:12-22 Verse 16 is a reference to Christ. Verse 22 says there is no peace for the wicked. And there isn’t. The wicked, by the way, are all unbelievers.
Chap. 49 Verses 1-7 are about the Messiah. Verse 7 is spread between His first and second coming.
Verse 8 is quoted in 2 Cor. 6:2. Verses 8-12 are about the Millennium, the age of Peace.
Verses 14-26 is Yahweh’s encouragement to the Israel that He hasn’t forgotten them.
Chap. 50:1-11 Yahweh rejects Israel because they have rejected Christ. Verse 6 is quoted in The Messiah by Handel.
New Testament: Ephesians 4:17-32
Ephesians 4:17-32 The Walk Of Life
Paul exhorts the Ephesians to give up the ways of the Gentiles but they are to walk worthy of their new lives (v. 17). Non-believers’ thinking and the use of their minds is futile (v. 17). They are hard of heart, their brains are meat and they are outside the realm of a relationship with God (v. 18). Non-Christians give themselves over to sin (v. 19), all kinds of sin like sexual sin, greediness, and raunchiness (hey, turn on the TV!).
Those who read their Bibles are not this way (vv. 20-21). They have put aside their old manner of life, their old selves, and have had their minds renewed and are living a new life (vv. 22-24).
Paul once again reminds the Ephesians to speak the truth (v. 25, cf. v. 4:15). Paul says it is OK to be angry, with righteous anger, but to calm down before bedtime (v. 26). The devil can get an advantage over us if we let anger fester (v. 27). Why should Christians work? Christians should not steal but more than that, they should work so they can help others (v. 28). Paul sees a higher purpose for work than just “putting in our time.”
Christians are not to be “potty mouths” (v. 29a). They, in contrast, are to build others up with their speech (v. 29b).
Verse 30 is one of four commands regarding the Holy Spirit in Scripture (cf. Eph. 5:18; 1 Thes. 5:19; Gal. 5:16). We should not do anything that would cause the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us (Rom. 8:9) to be sad. The Holy Spirit has sealed us, ensuring when our bodies give out, we will arrive in Heaven (cf. Eph, 1:13).
Christians are to treat each other with respect, being kind, tender, and forgiving since Christ forgave us (v. 32). They are not to be bitter, angry, or slander anyone (v. 31).
Psalm 69:1-16 Blots, Blotted, Part 1 A Lament by David
Proverbs 24:5-6 Jesus Is The Victory
If you are a Christian, you are involved in warfare (cf. Eph. 6:10-18; Job 1:6-12). Did you realize that? If you didn’t realize that, guess how much you are winning in that war.
The best way to be powerful when waging war is to have a strong mind (cf. Rom. 12:2) When Jesus confronted Satan, He fought him with Scripture (cf. Matt. 4:1-11).
You may have spiritual mentors in your Christian life. But your best “counselors” are the verses of Scripture themselves.
Do you know the Word? Have you stored the words of Scripture in your mind (cf. Ps. 119:9, 11)?
Scripture knowledge and some faith will get you to the finish line (cf. 1 John 5:4). Ultimately, our victory is the Lord Himself (cf. 1 Cor. 15:57). If you think about it, the armor of God is the Lord Himself in Ephesians 6:10-18 (cf. Rom. 13:14; Col. 3:10). If you wear Him, you are wearing the armor.
If you wear the armor, you will be victorious.
If you put on Christ . ..
and you know the Word . . .
you will be putting on The Word (cf. John 1:1, 14; Rev. 19:13) . . .
AND YOU WILL BE VICTORIOUS!
Choose Life: Scripture: Ephesians 4:25 NASB “Get Up With Your New Self”
” . . . and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:25 NASB
There is a saying, “Get down with your bad self.” Ick. Why would anyone want to do that? Proverbs says, “He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction” (Prov. 17:19). In other words, if a person likes to sin and loves to brag about it, he can end up destroying himself.” That person would be “getting down with his bad self.” Who wants to be destroyed?
The theme of the Bible is rebellion against God leads to death but a relationship with God leads to life. Getting down with one’s bad self leads to physical death but can also lead to eternal death.
However on the other hand, as Christians, we have the ability to “get up with our new self.” Who we used to be is our “old self” in Scripture. What we are and can be is “our new self.” It is what we are in Christ.
What are you reading today? What are you watching? What are you texting? What are you buying?
Is it consistent with your new life in Christ? If so, you are feeding life.
Get UP with your new self today!
If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
What are you doing today that is self-destructive? Is there anything you can do to suppress that tendency? Do you need help from others Christians in the body?
The reason God wants us to deal with sin isn’t because He is a “cosmic killjoy.” The reason is that He know that sin is bad for us and it ruins our fellowship with Him. He came to conquer sin, give us a new nature, and have a relationship with Him. Ask God for help from His Spirit to set you free from your sin. He is working on us to change from “one degree of glory to another” (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18).
Get rid of your bad self (cf. Col. 3:5, “Put to death,a therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature,” NIV).
Get UP with your new self!
The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Peaces Of The Puzzle