Strong Warnings In The Bible Verses Ephesians Chapter 4

This morning I would like to type some of the words used in my bible’s notes because they may help someone out there who is not a true believer to understand what the life of a Christian is about.

As I posted to my blog the verses Ephesians 4:17-24;

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Christ!– assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:17-24

I usually use John MacArthur’s study bible I bought some years ago from his website which I find really accurate and helps me to  understand the true moral depravity of unbelievers who continue to walk in the path of sin. 

Spiritually separated from God, willing spiritual darkness, ignorant of God’s truth, blind and “hard” like rocks, moral blindness.  They are “alienated from the life of God.”

Callous, insensitive, apathetic morally and spiritually, sensuous, impure, “behaviorally depraved”, licentious, losing “moral restraint” especially in sexual sin, impure that is “inseparable from greediness” which is “idolatry” in part.

He writes that it “is due only to God’s common grace” that some people may not go as far in their immorality.

These are some of the strong warnings I have gotten from MacArthur’s bible notes and I hope they help us to understand what is happening in the world today.

 

 

 

Testing New Microphone

Here I’m testing my new mic.  May it be used for something good!  I bought this with a gift Amazon card someone gave me at my temporary job, for coming into the office and setting everyone up so that they could work remotely from home for a few days.  They gave me a gift card as a surprise that was totally not expected or required so I bought a desk microphone to be used toward publicizing the plight of the homeless in my area and also for other purposes for the good of people.

Downtown Seattle Shooting

Update from King5 news: 

Search for 2 suspects in deadly Seattle shooting, 3rd suspect arrested

Seattle police are looking for two suspects connected to a deadly shooting in downtown. A third suspect who was shot was arrested.

 

And there’s this: three shooting incidents in Seattle in the past week, from King5 news:

One man dead after 3 shootings on King County roads in the past week

One person died after being shot in the face while driving on SR 509. The Washington State Patrol is investigating three roadway shootings since Dec. 26.

This is near Pike’s Market in downtown Seattle near where the shocking shooting at 3rd and Pine occurred during the evening commute.  I worked there last Saturday and snapped this picture while I stood outside (at 3rd and Pike a few blocks away) in Seattle.

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Local news about the shooting can be found on King5 news:

1 dead, 7 hurt in Seattle shooting that police say was not random; suspects at large

One person is dead and seven others are hurt, including a 9-year-old boy, after a shooting near 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle. …

Leading A Christian Life – Eph. 4

When I wrote the post also today about having a New Life in Christ Jesus, I reflected on how I used to live in the darkness that is found in the verses, Ephesians 4:17-24.  How I didn’t know God was alive and how he says we are blind to the consequences of our actions, including the sin in our lives.

I asked the Holy Spirit to make me malleable so that he works with me in ways that I can understand and that I liked being reminded in those verses of how holy God truly is.

When I was unsaved I thought that my direction in life was up to me – my strong will and determination – but now I know that my life is up to God, and how he sees fit to form me.  Like clay on the Master potter’s wheel I asked that I be shaped how I should be as a Christian woman. 

Those verses in Ephesians also speak about impurity, greed, and callousness.  When people don’t believe in God they are ignorant of morality.  I used to believe that will and determination would be a recipe for success; that hard work and going to college would bring me riches and happiness.  But in an unsaved world they were not enough to be a success.

We drift from place to place seeking success thinking that someone or some money will help us achieve success so that we have “better lives”.  Better lives does not always lead to happiness.  We go adrift losing our moral compasses and become hardened of heart and ignorant of life.  It is not the best way to live; we need Jesus in our lives to save us from ourselves and to save us from the sin we live.  It kills us in the end, just like the poison of darkened hearts – and minds. 

We think we can build good lives our way but we are too darkened and ignorant to really choose good lives for ourselves as we continue to walk in sin as we have all our lives – that is until we find Jesus who leads us out of our dark lives and brings us into the light; his light of understanding and moral character we should want.  But we don’t want those things because as human beings we know nothing beyond our human flesh.  Human flesh leads to greed, immorality, idolatry, and callous hearts and minds. 

We become denigrated as time goes on and lose the ability to know what good moral character is.  We become morally blind and morally apathetic, no longer wanting the goodness of life through God and becoming less capable of any moral restraint.  

Before I became a Christian I though that immorality was fine as long as you didn’t hurt people with it and that our morals were whatever we felt they were.  Ever changing to fill the needs of the moment in time I could feel, think and be who I wanted in my own mind.  I set my own standards according to what I felt most comfortable with any any given moment. 

Who was God in those times of my life?  He was nowhere to be found.  Now I know better, and that immorality will cause harm to ourselves.  As well as to other people involved.

I pray that I may grow to be a Christian woman and God can be proud of.  We are never holy.  But I am shaped to know what God is – he is a Father in Heaven looking down on his people here on earth and is proud of his children.

He is Father God who made us as humans because we are deserving of a God who is kind and generous and who speaks kindly to us when we are in a space to listen with our minds and hearts while we read our bibles or talk with him.

Believe he listens to us – to our hearts and minds – and has plans for us as we wait to see when he returns.  

I believe in the rapture as far as that goes, that we will be raptured out of here so that he moves us away to safety when the final end is near.  We will be in danger then, and so, as a loving Father would – he moves us safely away from the danger we would have experienced were we to stay here on earth.  I know you might understand if you would look for God and know he is real.  Please find him before it is too late.  Your sister in Christ, Suzanne.

From “The New Life” In The Bible

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Christ!– assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:17-24

“Prayer for Spiritual Strength”

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may  have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen. – Ephesians 3:14-21

Helping The Homeless: Making A Difference On The East Side Of Seattle

This last Monday I kept the appointment I had made two weeks ago after I made a random outreach phone call to a local tent encampment.  I wanted to do Case Management work and so I thought I might volunteer at a tent city, some would call the “Hilton for the Homeless” on Lake Washington’s “East Side” outside of Seattle.

The meeting started at 7:00 pm and I was invited in to say a few words about why I was visiting and what I proposed.  I want a job doing case management again due to a job that’s ending at the end of February or thereabouts.

I hadn’t worked as a case manager in a lot of years and so I thought I offer my services to be a volunteer case manager for some of the homeless people living in the tent city.  I seemed to be received well and I did not overstay my welcome.  After proposing they take me up on some of the services where I match people with agencies or person’s providing those needs I met a few guys afterwards who said they needed help and they would call me soon.

They posted my name and contact information where anyone who wanted support could contact me.

The idea is that after having been homeless myself, I want a job helping the homeless population around the greater Seattle area, across from Lake Washington especially where I live.  I intend to have this recent case manager experience added to my resume so when I apply for case manager jobs I will have more recent experience in the field.  I look forward to the day when I am earning money doing what I enjoy; making a difference.

Facebook: Camp Unity Eastside

 

 

Homeless In Seattle And On The East Side

I watched a Fox news video that features HUD Secretary Ben Carson I wanted to share with you since I am taking up with the homeless issue here in Washington state near Seattle.

I want to learn everything I can about the homeless issue and help solve it in our state.

I will post more about this as I go and am planning to work in areas of homelessness and addictions.

Here is the video.

Here is another video that you may be interested in: Leaders point fingers at Trump; reaction and analysis from ‘The Five.’

Don’t miss:  California’s Homeless Crisis Will Expose A Lot Of Political Malfeasance With Trump In Town

 

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I wanted to give thanks to God tonight with these verses:

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:15-23