May 16, 2016

Read Ephesians 4:17-32
It was three o’clock in the morning. I was distraught and could not go back to sleep. It was a dark period in the history of our church, and my heart was heavy. I got up, wandered into my office, and began to pray. I then went to God’s Word for comfort. God gave me three passages of scripture - one after the other.  ( Psalm 105: 15; Psalm 52: 1-5; and Psalm 37: 7-9). The last passage was strictly a message for me. 
The message we read here from Ephesians is very similar to what God was trying to tell me in the early hours of that sleepless night. “Don’t bring sorrow to God’s Holy  Spirit.” I was so involved in being critical of the “other guy” that I, also, was guilty of  having an unforgiving spirit.
In my Bible (NLT) it titles these verses, “Living as Children of Light.” Paul expresses in plain language the full gamut of our sinful nature before we became “children of light,” and warns us not to yield to the temptation and fall back into the pattern of our old sinful nature. We are to get rid of bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words. Instead, we are to live like “true children of light,” forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven us, and not bring grief to the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, as “Children of Light,” keep our minds stayed on Thee, that we might live a life to please you in all things. Amen

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.