All too often, we forget about the Holy Spirit power living inside of us. At least, I know that I forget about it at times, and I'm done forgetting about it. I am in a bible study class called Precept Upon Precept and we are studying Ephesians. I highly recommend anyone that really wants to get into the word and break it down truth by truth, word by word, verse by verse to do this bible study. It's so in-depth and so great if you want to learn something new!
This has been one of the most powerful studies I have ever done. Paul urges us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called in Ephesians 4:1. I have pondered this statement a whole lot in the last two weeks. What does this mean exactly? I have taken it in quite a few ways. While we are not able to control the actions of others, we are in control of controlling ourselves. This can simply mean that we are in control of the way we start off our day. We are in control of waking up early enough to start our day off in prayer and in the word. I am so guilty of brushing this off until later in the day because I am not a morning person and because I get up early for work. But, this is honestly an excuse when you have a reality check with yourself. It can also mean simply answering kindly to someone who has spoken rudely to you or hurt your feelings. Instead of telling someone off, you can think to yourself, I need to walk in a manner worthy of the calling the Lord has placed on my life. Maybe it's a situation where you want to fudge on the truth a little bit. Like maybe you didn't get something done that you needed to and you have to answer someone. By coming clean and being honest, we are walking in a manner worthy to our calling.
I have read through Ephesians a lot in the last few years, and this verse has just really come to life in me. It's crazy how when we ask God to speak to us, He always comes through. He always brings a verse to life. Like I said, I have read this verse numerous times, but there have been 3-4 situations this week where I have felt my body tense up and I stopped and thought for a second about walking in a manner worthy of my calling. My thoughts immediately went to Jesus and how he walked out DEATH for me. Seriously, this can change your outlook on life. It's kind of hard to be mean to someone when you are thinking of your Savior dying for you....
Please do not be discouraged thinking of the way that your former self has responded to situations or the way that you carried your former self. Just start thinking about the fact that we have the Holy Spirit inside of us who gives us wisdom when we ask. He can and WILL help us when we ask. His word says He will, and I'm telling you, He has done it for me! If you don't believe me, read what John 14:12 has to say about it. These are some powerful words. Not my words, but the Lord's! Be encouraged!
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
Hope you have a great week! I have been MIA lately. I don't know why, but blogging just seems to be seasonal for me. Sometimes I'm in the mood and sometimes I'm not...just being honest!