What Has Dropped off in 2014?

Today’s readings are Eph. 5:15-21 and Hebrews 13:5-6.

The last day of 2014 is here and what a great way to end the year by hearing the words of Ephesians 5. “Be very careful then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise” (v15).

As the year ends and as the Apostle Paul gets close to ending his most powerful letter, he fixes his gaze most firmly on our growth in Christ. Or to put in another way, in Chapter 5 he lights a fire under our growth. He challenges our self-centered thinking, our attitudes and our desire to live more on the worlds side than on God’s.

The great Watchman Nee said, “spiritual growth is the increase of the element of God and on the negative side it is the decrease of things usurping God’s place. The extent of this decrease depends on the degree to which our heart is turned toward God. How we wish something would be removed from us daily! This is daily dying. Whenever we do not find anything dropping off, our progress has stopped.”

I love that. Ephesians 5:15-21 can be summed up with the question, “What has dropped off in 2014?”

Do not try to reject the desires we have, it never works. Rather bring them before the Lord and seek the Lord’s will. The more we try to control our desires the more we become controlled by them. Instead be filled with the spirit.

Finally, let me encourage you all to have a heart check as this day unfolds. Allow our attitudes to be challenged, seek to build up others up and not tear down. The world does that really well. We should not. May it be, that when others see us in action, they see a people who are thankful and full of grace so that we can be the lights in the world.

Happy 2015.

Pastor Ian

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3 thoughts on “What Has Dropped off in 2014?

  1. Thank you Ian. I think Psalm 37:4 helps us as well, it reads,” Delight in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.
    Why? Because as we delight in God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit our desires change. May we all come to know Gods love for us in a deeper, greater way in 2015.
    Thank you for leading us this year. Hoping for revival in 2015.

    Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You – Psalm 85:6

  2. Thank you Ian.
    What an awesome challenge we face in 2015 to let God use us in His service and to encourage one another in our walks before Him. We need one another and I look forward to 2015 knowing there are many in the assembly at FAC who have and have had an input into my life, thank you all, I do appreciate your input and love.
    To the ministry team at FAC we appreciate you all, your spouses and families and the ministry to the family at FAC and Nowra for Geoff and Anne
    May 2015 be a year of God’s growth for us all together and in glorifying Him in all we do
    I love you all and look forward to working with you in what God has before us together

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