“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ephesians 1-4.
I was taught, alright.
My problem isn’t with the teaching. It’s with carrying out what I’ve learned.
It is a sad state of affairs when you know something and yet you don’t act accordingly. If I do that with the weather, I might get a little cold or wet. With the things of God, it is a slippery slope to behaving godlessly. It’s a place I don’t want to be!
I am wrestling lately with consistency in my walk with God. The only good I’m finding in the experience is that I am quickly distressed by my waywardness. I want to fix it and the sooner the better.
But I am still drawn to separation from God. I still unintentionally drift apart from Him. I go waking hours without awareness of Him. That won’t get me where I want to be.
I know the relationship with God that I want. I can envision it. I have a sense for what it would be like, yet I regularly migrate away from what could be.
I continue, by using the words of today’s verses, to put on the godless clothes even though I have Godly ones. The “new” will be so much better. Why would I ever, for any reason, even consider the old?
I must make some definite stopping places in my day in which I remind myself of my relationship to God. Here’s a few for me that would be good stopping places; (1) when I get up, (2) when I am about to interact with someone in the house, (3) when I leave the house, (4) when I am about to interact with someone during the away-from-home part of the day, and (5) when I return home.
I must have a quick prayer or verse ready to fill my mind with at those stopping points so that I will be mindful of the Godly track that I must be on.
“Lord, I need You every second. I say that. I have learned that. I now want to live that. Too many missed steps. Too many regrettable godless times. I want a tight, ongoing relationship with You, Lord. Fill me with You. Overwhelm me, I beg. I love You, Lord.”
How do you keep from losing your connection to God? Disconnection from God is never a good thing.