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Its Mine!

As we look at Ephesians 4–5 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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at Flatland Church, our pas­tors have shown us that we acc­quire a lot of spir­i­tu­al junk and we need to have a spir­i­tu­al garage sale and get rid of it. Jesus has already paid the price, we just need to be will­ing to give it up. Unfortunately, we have a ten­den­cy to cling on to all of it say­ing, “Its MINE!!” This week Pastor Bart showed us that being sep­a­rat­ed from the life of God equals acquir­ing junk. If we stay con­nect­ed to God we will not col­lect junk (or at least keep it to a min­i­mum).  But how do we stay con­nect­ed to God?

Pastor Bart had three points to share with us that we can see in Ephesians 4–5 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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. We should 1. Know God 2. Imitate God and 3. Thank God.

There is a big dif­fer­ence between reli­gion and a rela­tion­ship, between know­ing about God and know­ing God. Maybe the most impor­tant thing pas­tor said was that it takes time to have a rela­tion­ship with God and by tak­ing time with God we won’t have time for the junk. We often don’t take time with God because we are cling­ing to our junk. My time is MINE! What I want to do with that time is mine! But if we give that time over to God, we have to give up that junk. The choice is ours, time with God or time with our junk.

The chal­lenge we all have, the chal­lenge I have to to take time with God putting aside some of my “fun.” Stop play­ing games and start pray­ing more. Stop read­ing a lot of tech news and read the Good News.

As we get to know God we should want to become like Him. Eph 5:1–2 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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is fair­ly clear there. Imitators of God. Christ is our great­est exam­ple. As I have writ­ten else­where on this blog regard­ing Philippians 2:1–11 becom­ing like Christ means giv­ing up our rights.  Clinging to “my rights” is pos­si­bly the biggest piece of junk we can car­ry. As imi­ta­tors of God we must give up our rights, give up every­thing that we have and are for God. As we imi­tate Christ, we will no longer have strong desires to keep that junk. Pastor Bart said it, “Live the Life of Love.”

Finally, we must give thanks to God always. Paul says this so many times through­out his writ­ings it is not triv­ial. By thank­ing God, who He is, what He has done, and for what He will do, all the junk we try to car­ry around with us becomes obvi­ous in our way of liv­ing the life of love (Eph 5:3–4 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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). We tru­ly need to always give thanks even when what we are going through seems hor­ri­ble and what we have gone through was the worst thing in the world. How, because we know that God is work­ing in us some­thing won­der­ful. We may not see it or under­stand it but if we let God be God, if we thank God for His won­drous works even when we don’t see them or haven’t seen them yet, we enter into a rela­tion­ship that is mar­velous.

This week I will take more time to be with God, to live the life of love in God, and thank Him for all He has done, is doing, and will do for me and my fam­i­ly.

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