Walking Into The Light (Ephesians)

Speaking to Destroy {{Week 2}}

Jesus teaches us that our words can sting. He could say a number of things about our words, or why we need to be careful how we use them. But, He says something in Galatians that… just stings.

Read Ephesians 2:11-13. And, meet me back here.

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The Outsider

Today, I am reminded of the person I use to be. I haven’t always been the Jesus-girl that I am today. In fact, I remember a young woman far different in character. Everything about her, was different. She used her words like a knife, and would pick a fight with anyone within a 50 mile radius (or internet connection).

I wrote this as part of my prayer for today –

“I am Your prodigal daughter who runs and whose character was more like the Devil in John 10:10 than I would ever care to admit.”

Why Share?

We need to know that others fight their old selves too. We need to know how far God can take us. Part of Saul’s testimony (see Acts 9) is how God can turn him around. Saul (now Paul) had his heart radically changed. And, it changed his entire life.

When he allowed Jesus Christ to come into his life, everything began to change. It wasn’t an instant Clark Kent kind of change. But, it doesn’t make it any less powerful.

In fact, I would argue that it just makes it much more powerful.

We know the heartache of who we used to be.

Some of us even cringe at the thought of things we have said and done, while running from God.

But when Jesus becomes our Savior and Lord… When we allow the power of God to step into our lives, He can begin to transform our hearts.

We go from…

  • His enemy to His beloved child.
  • people approval to experiencing the love of God that sent His Son Jesus to earth, the crowds, the cross, and yes – the Resurrection.
  • reflecting the Devil to allowing Jesus to be reflected in our heart and character.

When we turn our lives over to Jesus Christ, there is no area in our lives that He cannot touch!

The Truth of God’s Word

I am a writer. I use words. Words are my friend. Words are my sidekick. But, the Bible teaches us something I can testify to on a personal level.

Our words can be just as potent, as they are lovely.

What are those words in Ephesians, that leave such an impact on this Jesus-girl’s spirit?

“If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:15).”

I have had more than my fair share of biting and devouring one another. I have had more than enough regrets in how I have destroyed others. In how I attempted to destroy myself. I once was led away by internal desires and passions to follow after godless pursuits.

But, God.

This is a phrase I have grown to love. Because, I know it’s meaning. When God steps into our lives, nothing is impossible. With God by our side, we can overcome anything. We can overcome every ounce of our old selves that remains.

While He can help us become better, we need to not forget what God has done in our hearts and lives.

Jesus teaches us to not forget.

How have you forgotten who you used to be, before Jesus Christ scooped in and began to change you from the inside-out?

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One reply on “Speaking to Destroy {{Week 2}}”

Thanks for sharing your story with us..I used to be a great fornicator but the Grace of God found me and today I can live in holiness. It is always important to remind to ourselves when we come from to appreciate more the gift of salvation. Paul said I was persectuing the church, we have to share more often our testimonies. Some unblievers think we are all made but the truth is we even still are in progress. We need to tell them Ey I used to be this way but you know what I met Jesus and He changed me and saved me. Jesus does love you!Stay blessed Sister.
Much Love.

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