I have been thinking a lot lately about how important it is to see life through the crystal clear, untainted lens of the Bible. I generally think of myself as a pretty good person until confronted with the first three verses of Ephesians two*. The fact of the matter is that I am not only not a good person, apart from the grace of God I am DEAD. Yes, dead. No not physically, but spiritually. I can do nothing to bring myself to God, nothing to merit a moment in His presence. Drew is teaching this week on the first 10 verses of Ephesians and as I listened to what he prepared I thought about how easily Eve turned from believing the truth to embracing Satan's lie**. Satan wants us to think God is our enemy. He wants us to believe that God has withheld good things from us. NO, God has gifted those He has chosen with every good thing***. When I see myself as pretty good I am not seeing things clearly. I'm a slow learner, but I am begining to see things more clearly;) As I pray through each circumstance during the day I am calling out to the Lord to help me see things clearly. Help me see things rightly, instead of clouded in the fog of lies bombarding me by the prince of the power of the air.
* 1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
2in which you formerly walked according to the
course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the
spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among
them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires
of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the
**1Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of
the field which the LORD God had made. And he said
to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the
garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of
the trees of the garden we may eat; 3but from
the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You
shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4The
serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God
knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be
like God, knowing good and evil.” 6When the
woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the
eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its
fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
***3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8which He lavished on us.