Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 5

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Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 5 Ephesians 5: 15, 16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us meditate on this thought: Although we are not perfect, godly behavior is expected of us as believers; and that godly behavior is both important and urgent. The importance of our walk is due to this one fact, it is necessary for the furtherance of the gospel. Because our walk is evidence of the faith we profess, our walk is expected to be both accurate and precise. Think about that for a moment. Accurate as in correct in details and successful in reaching the intended target. Precise as in exact and careful about details. In other words, our walk as believers is intentional and we are not free to walk as we choose. Our walk should produce the...

Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 4

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Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 4 Ephesians 5: 15, 16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” We begin today’s devotional with this question: What have we done with the time we have been given? If we are not careful, we, believers, could soon be governed by the exact same convictions that govern those who do not believe. We can very easily see life as a means to accomplish our desires. But, is that what life is all about, fulfilling our whims and impulses, responding to situations based on our feelings more than our faithfulness to Christ? Paul tells us that he crucified his flesh daily. As believers, daily we must remember that our life is not our own, but we have surrendered it over to Christ to let him live his life through us. This is another reason for the call to walk...

Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 3

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Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 3 Ephesians 5: 15, 16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” We begin today’s devotional engaging in an exegetical study of verse 15.  Exegetical simply means to interpret the passage by examining the original language. The writer of our devotional passage says, “Therefore be careful.” The term “be careful” has two meanings. One is, blĕpō, blep´-o, this word speaks of being prudent, or watchful to do something; conceived of as watching carefully. It concerns what we see with our physical eyes. Yet, there is another expression of “be careful” which is, akribōs, ak-ree-boce. This word speaks of something being mindfully done in a careful and deliberate manner. The term refers to an exactness that must be followed. When we...

Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 2

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Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith—Day 2 Ephesians 5: 15, 16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” I learned some time ago when you are the minority, walk wisely. Paul is reminding the recipients of this passage that they make up a small minority among the population. It is their minority status and redemptive message that places them under heavy suspicion by others. They are under such scrutiny because the reputation of the gospel is directly connected to their behavior. As we spend time in meditation today, let us consider this thought: If the validity of the gospel of Jesus Christ is associated with our behavior, how effective is the gospel found to be by those watching us live? Too often there is a quickness to remind others that we are “only human” and “not perfect.” However, how far...

Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith

By on Jul 15, 2019 in Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith | 0 comments

Let Us Not Jeopardize Our Faith Ephesians 5: 15, 16 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” I once read a devotional written by Oswald Chambers titled, “Continued Conversion.” The devotional was written to encourage believers to treat conversion as more than an act done only once at a particular time in our life. Every day we should live in view of the decision we made to be a Christian. Oh, how often we remember that great decision to let Christ become our Savior; however, has that choice led us into a deeper and more committed relationship with the Master? “Because we have done it once is no proof that we will do it again.” Is that where our hope lies? We made a decision to follow in the ways of Christ, but is there evidence in our hearts that we would make that...