February 23, 2024

Sometimes, we are aware of our bad habits and work to address them; other times, we grow complacent in our habits and over time, completely dismiss them. This happens with simple, everyday habits (like biting your nails or interrupting someone), but it also happens with spiritual habits. In Ephesians, Paul draws our attention to this truth: In Jesus, our old selves that were tethered to bad habits can be made new:

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:21-24

What are your bad spiritual habits – the thoughts, attitudes and behaviors that you had before you followed Jesus? When do they show up still? Invite the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and actions and get practical on what it would look like to take off the old way of life and choose a new way.

If you’re reading through the full book of Ephesians, read Ephesians 4:17-32 today. The full passage also gives many specific examples of the types of attitudes and behaviors to leave behind or embrace.

To watch a teaching video that explores this section of Ephesians in much more detail, go to “Participating in Transformation – Ephesians 4:17 – 5:20” by Michael DeFazio on RightNow Media. (If you need a free RightNow Media account, go to wschurch.org/rnm to sign up through West Side.)

This is the final reading and devotional for Week 4. To find more material, go to wschurch.org/madeforthis and download the book.
Join us on Sunday, February 25, as we continue this teaching series! Your next text devotion will come on Monday, February 26.