August 19 Living a Consistent Life

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14–21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:16

He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.

Whether it has been several years or only a few days since you accepted Christ as your Savior, you can probably remember the dramatic changes that the Lord began to work in your life. It may even be difficult to comprehend all that you said and did before because your heart is so different now.

Paul described this as a literal night-and-day change in your very being, personhood, and identity: “This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God” (Eph. 4:17–18 nasb).

You now live in the light and are Christ’s new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). From darkness to light, you moved in a new direction full of hope and the promise of being made over in Christ’s image day by day.

What all believers face on occasion, however, is the roller-coaster feeling of spiritual inconsistency. One day you feel so close to the Lord, you could tell everyone about learning to abide in Him. The next day you struggle so much with basic sins, you wonder how the Lord will ever use you. Are you still a new creation? Absolutely.

You will continue to grow in Him for the rest of your life, and as you mature, the Lord smoothes out the rough places with His love.

O God, I want to get off the roller coaster of spiritual inconsistency. Let the reality that I am a new creation, growing and maturing in You, smooth out the rough places in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 242). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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