LET US BE CAREFUL HOW WE LIVE

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power
in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.   For when we died with Christ we were set free
from the power of sin.   And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him. –
Romans 6:6-8 (NLT)


INTRODUCTION
People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the
way Christians live. We are to live full of light. Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind the old
life of sin, since they were followers of Christ. Living the Christian life is a process. Although we
have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right
attitudes when we become new people in Christ. But if we keep listening to God, we will be
changing all the time. As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the
better in your thoughts, attitudes and actions? Although change may be slow, it comes as you
trust God to change you.
Our old way of life before we believed in Christ is completely in the past answered – “Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Cor. 5:17
We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away. When we decide to accept
Christ’s gift of salvation, it both a one-time decision, as well as a daily conscious commitment.
We are not to be driven by desire and impulse. We must put on the new nature, head in the
new direction, and have the new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives.
We have decided to quote straight from scriptures today to remind us that the Word of God is
indeed living and active and full of transformational power; “Do not conform to the pattern of
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
LIVING AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT
“ With the Lord’s authority I say this: 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. But that
isn’t what you learned about Christ.   Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the
truth that comes from him,   throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which
is corrupted by lust and deception.   Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
  Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies.
Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by
letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives
a foothold to the devil.

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If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give
generously to others in need.   Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be
good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And
do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you
as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil
behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God
through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:17 -32
LIVING IN THE LIGHT
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.   Live a life
filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice
for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among
you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.   Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse
jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.   You can be sure that
no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a
greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who
disobey him.   Don’t participate in the things these people do.   For once you were full of
darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!   For this light within
you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the
Lord.   Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.   It is
shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil
intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything
visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you
light.”


LIVING BY THE SPIRIT’S POWER


So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of
every opportunity in these evil days.   Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord
wants you to do.   Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled
with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and
making music to the Lord in your hearts.   And give thanks for everything to God the Father in
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:1-20.
All Scriptures are from the New Living Translation.

A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE – MHB 578
1 A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never-dying soul to save,

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And fit it for the sky.

2 To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
Oh, may it all my powers engage
To do my Master’s will!
3 Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!
4 Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself rely,
Assured, if I my trust betray,
I shall forever die.
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

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