Dear Lord, I don't know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can't wait to meet with You again. In Jesus' Name,
Today, I will do what I know is right.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:10-16
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness. Ephesians 5:11
YOU’RE MINDING YOUR own business, walking around the mall, when all of a sudden a greasy-haired man in a long coat comes up to you.
“Psst!” he hisses. “Want a great deal?” You try to ignore him and walk by, but he steps in front of you and opens one side of his coat. “I got over seventeen varieties of broken watches here,” he says, smiling and wagging his eyebrows.
You look at the watches. “Did you say broken watches?” you ask. You see him nod. “Why would I want a broken watch? I want a watch that keeps time!”
You start to step around him, but he quickly shuffles to block your way. “Wait a minute,” he says, looking around as if he’s letting you in on an even bigger secret than broken watches. “That’s not all I’ve got.” He pulls an envelope out of his pocket and shakes an assortment of postage stamps into his open palm. “I got canceled stamps, too. All kinds!”
He shows you the stamps. You think, This dude’s elevator doesn’t go to the top floor.
“Look,” you say patiently, “I’m not interested in broken watches or canceled stamps, OK? What you’re selling is worthless. So if you’ll excuse me . . .” You walk around him, and as you walk away, you notice him approaching somebody new.
That would be a pretty weird experience, wouldn’t it? But it’s actually pretty common. Oh, you may not meet a guy selling broken watches in the mall, but every day the devil tries to sell you something worthless. He tries to convince you to lie, steal, cheat, or do other things that are even more worthless than broken watches or canceled stamps.
Of course, the devil makes those things look attractive. But no matter how much you shine up a broken watch, it’s still broken. And the deeds of evil and darkness may look like they’ll bring you fun and fulfillment, but in the end you’ll discover—over and over again—that nothing good ever comes of sin. It’s always worthless.
So the next time the devil tries to sell you something worthless, remember to “take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.” And “be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise” (Ephesians 5:11, 15).
REFLECT: Can you think of a time when a wrong choice paid off and made you a better person? Can you think of a time when a wrong choice brought you closer to God? Can you think of a time when a wrong choice made you feel good about yourself? What will you plan to do the next time the devil tries to sell you something worthless?
ACT: Tack a worthless item—a broken watch, a canceled stamp, an empty gum wrapper—to your bulletin board or school locker door to remind you not to take part in “the worthless deeds of evil and darkness.”
PRAY: “God, help me to remember that the deeds of evil and darkness are worthless. Help me not to take part in them but to live ‘as those who are wise.’”
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