True Hope and Change In Christ-Not Empty Words

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In reading today from Ephesians 5:1-21, I was encouraged, saddened, challenged and motivated to prayer.

True hope and change are only found in what Christ has accomplished.

What does a life imitating God and following Christ look like?

Are we really following Him or believing “empty words”?

We are God’s child only because of Jesus’s love and sacrifice. We have been given and filled with the Holy Spirit who enables us to imitate God as His children. We have been given a future and a hope of an inheritance in the Kingdom. The result is our lives, desires and priorities are changed, we are transformed. We will recognize truth and have no desire for the things of darkness which include idolatry, immorality, impurity, greed and filthy talk. We will want to continue to love others, grow, seek and follow the Lord.

There is no relationship or inheritance in the kingdom, believing “empty words” without following Christ resulting in transformation.

This had me thinking about some statements, “empty words” I have heard that can be deceiving. For example : “if you want to be saved and go to heaven ,”say this prayer” “raise your hand” ,”walk an aisle” and “get your fire insurance ” , “I’ll get there by the skin of my teeth”, or “I’ll be scrubbing toilets in heaven” etc…

The more I think about these statements I become sad and frustrated because people really believe them. They are deceived into thinking there is a future and hope without change in their lives. There cannot be a profession of faith without change and desire to know and follow The Lord (that desire can vary at times but it will be there).

I want to challenge us to be careful to present the truth of the gospel without empty words. I want to speak truth that Jesus loved, gave himself for us as an offering and sacrifice to God because of our sin. He then calls and brings us into relationship with Him through Jesus as his child living in His kingdom. We are given the Holy Spirit who enables us to change, follow and imitate Him. It is not based on anything we do but only on His grace working in us.

“O Lord, give me the boldness to speak truth to those who are deceiving others with empty words and promises and to those who are deceived, thinking they are ok because of a decision one time in their life but without wanting to follow you or to change. Please increase my desire to love, follow and know you more. I want to walk in your light, reflecting you as your daughter, filled with your Spirit in Kingdom living.” Amen

Living Inside Out is knowing we have a future and a hope because of Christ- We are changed from the inside out!

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

8 Responses to True Hope and Change In Christ-Not Empty Words

  1. Such a wise reminder here. It’s so easy to substitute the Spirit’s power for empty words- love your heart and your desire to help woman live from the inside out. Glad we were neighbors at Unite today.

  2. Maranne123 says:

    Very good Kim! Keep up the good work of the Lord.

  3. True hope…not empty words. Yes, may I not be one who speaks or believes empty words but looks to the only hope, the gospel of Christ. Thanks for this truth, Kim!

    • kimlenon says:

      Hi Christina, thank you for stopping by and your comments.
      I love how you are so encouraging and that you speak truth without empty words in your posts!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful reminder of my Matthew Lesson in Bible STudy Fellowship this past week. Empty words are not helpful nor God Honoring. Blessings! 🙂

  5. So true, salvation is more than empty words, as an answer to a pastor…but a lifestyle of giving over ourselves to a good and Living God! Blessings, Jen

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