I invite you to join me as we meditate on today’s Scripture. Break out your journal (if you have one) and Bible. We will be taking a look at Ephesians 5:8-13. Go ahead and take a few minutes to meditate on the passage, then join me right back here.
Exposing Evil Deeds
Yesterday, the Lord just spoke loudly to me about how I live – as His daughter. Often, we choose things outside of our Christ-centered identity. We choose unworthy things. As a daughter of the Most High God, I should have standards.
We can have high standards, because we are a child of the Most High God (as Christ-followers).
I don’t know about you, but those “standards” can sometime lead to interesting conversations. Anybody relate? As I remember the standards God has given me through His very Word and my own convictions, I am reminded of what our loving Savior is wanting to teach us through His Word.
Living Our Identity
Two aspects of Scripture stand out to me today, so I want to briefly talk about it.
Living Like We Believe
Your behavior should show it (see Eph. 5:8).
As we live out our faith on a daily basis, there should be evidence of our faith in the way we live. How is my behavior reflecting the standards I have? Is it just some mental check-list, or something I am seriously holding onto? This is a set of questions I am asking myself today. See in Ephesians 5:8, we are reminded just who we are as followers of Jesus Christ. We have transferred over. While our hearts were once consumed with darkness, we are far from that place (remember Eph. 2:1-10).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come to redeem us – setting us free.
When we first said “yes” to our Lord Jesus Christ, He began the process of breaking the chains in our midst. We don’t have to give into the deeds of darkness. We don’t have to live the way we have always lived. We can break generational curses, even, right now – because of the blood of Jesus Christ and the redemption we find in Him.
Taking a Stand
Rebuke and expose [evil deeds] (see Eph. 5:11)
Not only are we given standards as a child of God, where we realize the things that are beneath us – as Christians (I am talking about rejecting sinning in this instance). We know what the Word of God says about sin. Sin is evil, and brings death. Sin separate us from God and the kind of relationship we could have with Him.
As we learn how to let our identity in Jesus Christ take us to new heights, we need to do something else: “rebuke and expose” the evil deeds of darkness. This is what God is teaching us to do.
Because we are a child of the King, we have the power to say “no” to ungodliness and call it for what it is! (see Titus 2:11-15)
Often times, this can be a difficult thing. It requires us to speak up, when we are taught to stay quiet. Yet, God’s way is far better. Where would we be, if no one spoke up about our godless lives – before we came to Christ?
As we rebuke (reject) evil, we need to also expose it for what it is. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ and His redemption, we can expose the deeds of darkness. We can call sin for what it is. It is part of our authority, as children of God.
How are we walking in our identity found in Jesus Christ? How is knowing our identity, affecting the authority we have as believers?