SEPTEMBER 14, Ephesians 2:1-3
Before we are Christians, we were dead spiritually. Perhaps we hear His Word in Sunday School, or church, but we would not be able to understand. Or perhaps we did not want to listen to Him. We did not hear him, desire him or choose him. We could not do it. We sinned, constantly failing to meet God’s standard. And we did not care. It meant nothing to us for we were dead in trespasses and sins. The truth was announced to us but it was impossible for us to see it. It was impossible for us to hear the divine voice at all. We were dead. God’s Word met with silence. There was no response from us – WE WERE DEAD, spiritually!
Spiritually dead people have a certain way of walking and their lives go a certain direction. Before we are Christians, we lived our lives opposing God. God was not in our lives and we did not want him to be. We walked with the crowd but we didn’t walk with him. WE WERE DISOBEDIENT!
We lived as we wanted to. What past sins did you have before you became a Christian?
Why did we live the way we lived when we were not Christians? As you see around you, why do unbelievers live in trespasses and sins? There is a spiritual power that makes people disobedient to God. This power is of the world, the flesh and the devil. The world that we live in is our human society that operates without God. Murdering, cheating, fighting, jealousy, etc are committed every day. The devil is God’s sworn enemy. Unbelievers are on his side, rejecting God’s rule over them. He is known as the P _ _ _ _ _ of the world (from today’s text).
Thought: Thank God I am no longer spiritually dead!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for saving me out of the power that makes me disobedient to You. I was once dead, now I am alive. I was once disobedient, now I live in obedience to You. Thank You for your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.