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Devotionals 2013 - 2018

Finding Reality
January 8, 2018By Ed Wrather

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:17-24 NKJV. 

Here is how Danny Hollis Jr. escaped from reality and began his adventure into delusion. This information is from a report made by Lawrence County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Lt. Melinda Brewer. Danny first smoked some “wasp” a mixture of Meth and a crystalized insecticide. Wasp is known to cause psychotic episodes.  

Lawrence County deputies responded to a 7pm 911 call about a naked man having broken into a home occupied by a young mother and four children. Once inside the house Hollis then sat down at a table and cut his own throat in front of the family. Lt. Brewer stated: “This man walks in. the family is all in there, minding their own business. He is stripped naked. He says the dog is looking at him. He grabs a knife and he cuts his own throat. He goes up stairs and jumps out a window, after busting his head on the glass of the front door, and he takes off running. He then jumps on the gazebo in the family’s back yard. The 35-year-old runs across a field, where deputies finally catch up to him. After he hits his head on the pavement, deputies and EMS were able to secure him. Later, Hollis told deputies that he could not remember anything he did.” (WKRN – Nashville 12.22.17)

Why would anyone intentionally mix up a toxic chemical with an illegal drug and then smoke it? Because, their understanding has been darkened, and they are alienated from the life of God. The farther a person travels from the will of God for their life, the more they will try to escape reality.   

To find true reality, you must put on the “new man.” What is the “new man?” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.This new creation is the new man. The more that you put off the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; the more you will be renewed in the spirit of your mind. The more you are renewed in the spirit of your mind; the more you will experience the true reality of the new man. 

 

Come out of the old and into the new! And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts (Romans 13:11-14).


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