Wednesday, October 3
FROM IDOLATRY TO DEPRAVITY
26 For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 The men in the same way also left natural relations with women and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error.
28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 senseless, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. 32 Although they know God’s just sentence — that those who practice such things deserve to die — they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them
Taking our focus and worship off of God is oftentimes the beginning point for many of the behaviors that we struggle with. These scriptures list quite a few behaviors that directly conflict with a lifestyle of Righteousness. The important thing to recognize is that Paul doesn’t point out that righteousness begins with the absence of bad behavior, It begins with understanding who God is and worshipping Him instead of those behaviors. Focus set on the Creator is the starting point for change.
In what areas of your life do you need to believe that Jesus is better than the sin that entangles you?
Father help me set my eyes on you and not the struggles I face. Help me understand that it is your power that leads to freedom and change. Help me be led to change by passion and love for you.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.