Daily Devotionals

February 24, 2018: A Pleasure that eclipses this world

Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

The world will seek to entice you to seek its pleasures.  It will try to convince you that you should give yourself to the pleasures of this world.  The Apostle Paul knew something of the pleasures of this world, he had fame and fortune and power as a religious leader before he met Jesus.  He tells us that he had suffered the loss of all things when he met Christ but he did not consider such a loss worth remembering.

Philippians 3:7-8 (NIV)
7  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

He had given himself wholly over to the pursuit of worldly pleasures but when he met Christ everything changed.  Now he writes to the Ephesian church and implores them to turn from the enticements of this world and instead be filled with the Spirit.

This experience of being filled with the Spirit far exceeds whatever pleasure one could experience in the pursuit of the pleasures of this world.  Allow the words of Paul to convince you today to turn from the world’s pleasure and instead be filled with the Spirit which will lead you to true and lasting pleasure.

Putting Away the Pleasures of this world and Picking up the Eternal Pleasures of the Spirit-filled life,



Pastor Phil