Today we will begin looking at Ephesians 2 and really take a look at our sin and what it can do to our lives.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Paul was reminding the people of their life before Christ. He is not talking about a physical death, but a spiritual one. We are at risk of falling back into sin when we choose to follow the ways of the world. Sin is something we will always struggle with here on earth.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
Paul starts of this verse with “all of us” which includes you and me. We have all been guilty of “gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts”. When we behave that we we are “deserving of wrath”. That may seem harsh, but it is the reality. In today’s world, we minimize our sin by justifying it, rationalizing it or simply ignoring it. I think our spiritual health would benefit from taking a good hard look at our sin and really taking the time to seek forgiveness from the Lord and turning from it.
There is a lot of emphasis in society about improving lots of different aspects of our lives, but not much about our spiritual lives. I was reading a blog by Melissa Elliott where she talked about soul sickness. I had never really thought of our spiritual lives in those terms, but they are pretty powerful. Are you suffering from soul sickness?
An easy way to find out is to look at what you have been experiencing in your life lately. Are you experiencing the fruit of the spirit in your life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control? Or are you experiencing greed, idolatry, anger, rage, malice, slander, dissension, and jealousy which come from satisfying the sinful nature?
Spend some time analyzing your spiritual health today. Look at the picture above – which part of the plant best represents your spiritual health? Are there sins that are preventing you from experiencing the fruit of the spirit? As you seek the Lord in this, don’t allow the enemy to allow you to get stuck feeling guilt and shame – remember conviction comes from the Holy Spirit and condemnation comes from the enemy. I promise after going through this exercise, the hope we will see in the next verses we look at on Wednesday about God’s love and mercy will feel even more real and powerful!
- Scripture references are from http://www.biblegateway.com