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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 21, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 21

Marking Off Boundaries
Ephesians 4:17-19

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We may feel that we are somehow above the rules everyone else needs to live by. We may have grown so proud of ourselves and our power to "handle" our addiction that we've completely lost sight of right and wrong. At this point we have become slaves to our lusts. This is a time of great danger.

The apostle Paul warned, "Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity" (Ephesians 4:17-19).

The Lord spoke through the prophet Amos: "Can horses gallop over boulders? Can oxen be used to plow them? But that's how foolish you are when. . . . You boast, 'Didn't we take Karnaim by our own strength?' 'O people of Israel, I am about to bring an enemy nation against you'" (Amos 6:12-14).

We may be deluded into believing that we can break all the rules and make a mockery out of what God says is right and good, but this isn't true. If this is what we believe, we may need the help of someone else to even determine what is wrong. Then we will be able to turn from it and be protected from the consequences.

We discover true freedom when we seek to become what God has designed us to be.


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