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					                   EPHESIANS 4

17This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you
should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in
the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding
darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of
the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given
themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with
greediness.
20But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have
heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in
Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct,
the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful
lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and
that you put on the new man which was created according
to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
                          EPHESIANS 4
Verse 17 - 19 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles
walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding
darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of
the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves
over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

Romans 1:18-32
“…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful,
but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools…”
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to
dishonor their bodies among themselves…”
                         EPHESIANS 4
(Rom 1:18-32, continued)

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women
exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men,
leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another,
men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the
penalty of their error which was due.” (Lev 20:13 – abomination – penalty
death).
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being
filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are
whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of
evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,
unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that
those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same
but also approve of those who practice them.”
                         EPHESIANS 4
Let’s test our walk today. I am going to ask questions just to provoke
thought. I am not necessarily going to say what I believe is right or wrong
in these areas I will mention, but instead I am trying to help us all better
understand what God’s standards are, and what “a walk” like that of the
Gentiles (the world) is compared to a walk worthy of the upward call of
Christ. These issues are always very convicting to me and I am sure they
will be for you too. I will also provide a number of verses to meditate on.

Proverbs 23:7 says: “For as a man thinks in his heart so he is” and in
Matthew 12:34 the Lord says: “How can you, being evil, speak good
things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
What do you talk about with your friends?
Your speech reveals your heart.
Guys, Do you like to talk about girls?
Girls, Do you like to talk about guys?
What is your focus? Good looking guys, chicks, movies, sports, politics,
books, music, or a focus directed at our Father in heaven and His will?
                       EPHESIANS 4
How many of you have ever spent two and a half hours
straight - reading God’s word? And if so, how often?

How many of you have spent two and a half hours straight
watching a movie of sporting event? How often?

What do we hear people talk about all the time?

Movies, actors actresses, ungodly musicians, ungodly sports
figures, or “he’s soooooo cute”.…

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should
no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of
their mind…” This type of focus is futility. It is a waste of time. I
am not saying we should never watch sports or movies. But
let’s be VERY selective because these things put our minds
on things of the world and not the things of God.
                EPHESIANS 4
Question:
Would it be wrong if someone because they
got cut off in traffic screamed and cursed the
Lord at the other person?

Why?

God says so!
                    EPHESIANS 4
What if instead:
   They just think the words in their head?

Would it be wrong to go to a place – like the First
Satanic Church of Tyler, knowing their services were
mainly chanting curses at God?
What if instead:
 You just went to a movie that you knew would have
probably have people cursing your Lord?

Does a movie or music or a book with cursing feed
the flesh or the spirit?
               EPHESIANS 4

Question:

Would it be wrong for a person to live a
homosexual lifestyle, or commit adultery or
fornication?

Why?

God says so!
                      EPHESIANS 4
What if instead:

 He or she went on dates and talked and joked about
committing adultery together?
 He or she sought out pornographic movies to satisfy this
burning desire?
   He or she sought out pornographic pictures?
 He or she just dreamed and fantasized about it OR just
looked at another with those eyes of desire?
 He or she just watched movies with brief nudity for
entertainment?

Does a movie or book containing lustful fantasies or nudity
feed the flesh or the spirit?
               EPHESIANS 4

Question:

Would it be wrong if I took my 357 magnum
pistol an shot my neighbor’s yard man for
running a irritating blower on Sunday
afternoon?

Why?

God says so!
                       EPHESIANS 4
What if instead:

   I paid someone else to do it?
  I got out my aggression by going to a place were people just
kill people for entertainment (coliseum – lions)?
   I just cursed him and said I hated him?
 I got out my aggression by playing a very realistic video
game allowing me to act out shooting him over and over?
 I just came in and watched a movie with vengeful killings of
all the guys that caused others grief or trouble?

Does a movie full of violence and killing feed the flesh or the
spirit?
People rarely will read their bible or pray for two and a
half hours but will cheerfully go to a movie, watch a TV
show, a concert, or a sporting event with:

 Half Nude Cheerleaders                  Cursing

    Sex              Pride       Murder

          Innuendo              Violence

   Degrading Speech             Nudity

What do you do when these things pop up? Close your
eyes, turn your head, get up and leave? The damage is
already done. What if your child is with you? The
damage is already done.
                     EPHESIANS 4
Don’t we promote such things by standing around talking
about them with others?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 15-17

The Lord is with you wherever you go.
Where do you take Him?
He knows your every thought.
What has He been hearing?
Let’s make sure we are not falling into the trap of the world:
“having their understanding darkened, being alienated from
the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them,
because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past
feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness.” (Eph 4:18-19)
                      EPHESIANS 4

We learned earlier that we should walk in the Spirit and we
will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16, 25).

Our battle is the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the
pride of life – these things are of the world (1 Jn 2:16).

If we feed these things
through entertainment or
improper thoughts we
quench the Spirit of
God (Eph 4:30).

We try and justify it by
saying – it only has a
few bad parts.
                      EPHESIANS 4
A little leaven leavens
the whole lump
(1 Cor 5:6).

How many of you have
images from pictures
and movies stuck in
your mind that you wish
you could get rid of?
How many of you have
lyrics of songs in your
head you wish you
could forget?
                     EPHESIANS 4
  Eph 4:20-24 “But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed
  you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the
  truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former
  conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the
  deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
  and that you put on the new man which was created
  according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Once you accept
Christ you are a
new creation old
things are passed
away – you are
made new
(2 Cor 5:17).
                   EPHESIANS 4
How should this walk look?
Eph 5:3-12
Why do Christians fall into sin? James 1:14-15
It’s a battle over the the mind.
We need to yield to God and ask Him to give us strength to
overcome the temptations that arise. But we must also
make right choices. We need to stay away from situations
that cause us to think impure thoughts, whether its people
who dress in a way to draws our eye, or if we need to avoid
the internet, or movies, or books, or people who talk about
things that cause us to think impure. We cannot keep
saturating our mind with the depravity around us by choice
(quenching the Spirit) and then ask God to use that same
Spirit to give us the strength to keep pure. (read Prov 8:13)
                    EPHESIANS 4
We are to “walk worthy of God who calls you into His own
kingdom and glory” (1 Thess 2:12)

We are an epistle to those around us (2 Cor 3:2-3 – “You
are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all
men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us,
written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not
on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the
heart.”) We represent our Lord everywhere we go!

1 Jn 3:2-3

1 Cor 9:27
1 Pet 4:1-5
                   EPHESIANS 4
What do the most popular actors, musicians and sports
figures have in common? Not surprisingly, they walk like
the world. Also, what is the message of most worldly kids
today? Disrespect of adults, no love, no appreciation,...

2 Tim 3:1-5 - “But know this, that in the last days perilous
times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving,
unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of
pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of
godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn
away!”
                 EPHESIANS 4
I think upon examination you will find that most of
today's entertainment seers the conscience and
feeds the fleshly lusts. If you do not believe it, get
completely away from it for a time then watch it
and see if the Lord convicts you.

The Lord tells us to “put off, concerning your
former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in
the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new
man which was created according to God, in
righteousness and true holiness.”

				
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