Don’t Walk in the Dark
The deceit Satan speaks is the embryo of the old man planted in the womb of our mind. If we do not abort these thoughts we wind up growing into a person that remains estranged from God. Read more…Hey y’all! Hope everyone is doing well today. For those of you who have been following me, you know I typically have an analogy for whatever I’m going to share in my post. But today I’m going straight into the matter we will discuss.
We have been talking about being made whole in Christ—what wholeness is and what needs to happen for us to become whole. The last post I let you guys know that we would be dealing with Ephesians 4:22-24 for a bit because it’s so heavy with directives on what we need for our wholeness journey. We talked about the genesis of the old man and how we need Christ to make us new.
In the fourth chapter of Ephesians, Paul really goes in on how the state of the mind determines the state of the man. We have all heard the age old saying, “You are what you eat”. Right? And in recent years with all the motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, Lisa Nichols, Les Brown and Eric Thomas we have been hearing “You are what you think.”
Recall that we saw that the old man comes from the lies we believe about ourselves which are planted in our mind from the enemy. When we believe his lies, we live them.
Before Paul tells the Ephesians to take off “the old man” in verse 24, he tells them what the old man is in verses 17-18:
“17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”
The deceit Satan speaks is the embryo of the old man planted in the womb of our mind. If we do not abort these thoughts we wind up growing into a person that remains estranged from God. We will be futile in our thoughts. Not knowing who God created us to be. Leading us to not have any understanding of why we exist. This causes us to be alienated from the life God has for us to live due to our ignorance of His love for us.
A life alienated from God is full of purposelessness and brokenness. I remember how I felt before I gave my life to God. I felt as if I was good for a short period of time. But it didn’t take too long for me to realize that I forgot why I existed. When I was a little girl I always envisioned the things that God had for me to do. But in kindergarten my teacher planted insecurity, self-hatred and fear in me. Although I held onto my dreams for some time, those dreams died after a while. They died while in high school, because I believed the lies that the enemy used her to speak to me, more than the dreams that God had given me.
Around high school age I got distracted and lost complete sight of God’s plan for my life. I was literally walking with a “darkened understanding” and felt alienated from God. It was not a good place. At the age of 22 after having dropped out of school, I decided to get baptized. When I allowed myself to be reconciled to Him, He gave me my purpose again. I have not been perfect in my walk. I have made many mistakes—even after being baptized. But, I do have peace with God and he has made me a new woman. I’m excited about that!
Don’t believe the lies that the enemy tells you. If you do not have a relationship with God and have not given him your life, I want to invite you to pray with me now. Whether you are on your laptop at home, in the library at a computer, reading your phone on the train or bus, or in class just take five seconds to say this prayer:
God, I need you and I want to be whole. Help me to take off the old man and make me a new person in You. In the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, I pray. Amen.