For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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8For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light, 9for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth — 10try to determine what will please the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them, 12for it is shameful even to speak of the things these people do in secret. 13But everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is, 14since anything revealed is a light. This is why it says,
“Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead,
and the Messiah will shine on you!”
15Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely. 16Use your time well, for these are evil days. 17So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.
Children of darkness, now children of light, have characteristics that define them. One, they are united with Christ, so they are filled up with Him; in their words getting up and going down He is seen. They live differently than before. They seek to please the Lord. This is so different from seeking an experience. Children of darkness seek experience through alcohol, drugs, sensual activities; not any different from the worshipers of idols in ancient days. Seeking after experience for the feel good is missing the mark. Two, children of light seek the Giver who brings an experience; the experience doesn’t have to be sought after. Seeking experiences leads to experience that is self-driven, contrived, and the same elements are used that are used by the agents of darkness. Lights, music, loud; overwhelming the senses; working the crowd…the agents bombard the worshiper, whipping them into a release then leaving them spent; wrung out like a wet rag.
Rather than making the experience king; get to know the Giver of the experience. This is a subtle image of what worshiping the creation rather than the Creator looks like. Worshiping the creating of experiential events rather than the Lord of all gives false euphoria that vanishes in the wind. It isn’t soul food; it’s whipped cream.
“Pay careful attention to how you conduct your life.” Begin to willfully come into agreement with Jesus and become a giver not a getter. “Use your time well; live wisely not unwisely.” Don’t be foolish; whipped cream is good but lacks in health giving nutrients. It is a treat not a meal. “Try to understand what the will of the Lord is.” This requires meat that is found in Scripture. The how-to’s and elements of a strong foundation are found here allowing one to begin to know the Giver and better able to identify genuine and counterfeit. Become givers; of time spent alone, without distractions in Scripture, getting to know Him, time spent with teachers of the Word who have spent time studying its precepts, and become givers of love shown in actions and words towards others. Become givers of self and self-will to God and His will.
Pray – I want to know You, really know who You are and what You do. I enjoy whipped cream experience but I realize I need meat and vegetables to live the life of light.
Repent – My Father, please help me to be on my guard; stand firm in the faith; be a person of courage; be strong and do everything in love. I repent for seeking after illusions of you at the expense of my time spent communing with You.
Ask – Lord, the Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (1 Timothy 4:1) Please, Heavenly Father, help me to stand firm in the faith and not be deceived in a time of growing deception.
Yes – Yes, keep this book of God’s law on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. ( Joshua 1:8) I will keep Your Word in my heart and on my lips. I will not be discouraged by the evil around me, rather my focus will remain on what You do, who You are and therefore who I am in You and what I can do through You.
Sources: Ephesians, 1 Timothy, Joshua and Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore