Week 3. Tuesday: Natural Born Sinners
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 2:3
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
At One Time (Greek: pote): previously, formerly
Gratifying (Greek: poieō): indulging, fulfilling (Galatians 5:16-21)
Cravings (Greek: epithymia): intense desire or lust for sin (Romans 6:12)
Flesh (Greek: sarx): sin nature, devoid of desire for God (John 1:12-13; 3:6)
By Nature (Greek: physis): original state, who we were before salvation
Deserving of Wrath (Greek: orgē): natural result of our sin nature (Galatians 4:8)
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
At one time we were unbelievers. We were sinners. Even worse, we loved sin. We craved the very things that were killing us. We followed our the desires and thoughts of our sin nature. Because of that we deserve God’s wrath. God would have every right to leave us in our sin and destroy us. We have to understand this before we can begin to understand God’s grace. Until we know how bad we are we cannot see how good God is.
How does an accurate understanding of your sin help you to understand grace?
Have you ever thought of yourself as deserving of God’s wrath? Why or why not?
What “desires and thoughts” do you still struggle with?
PRAY: Ask God to give you the power daily to overcome your sin nature.