TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, January 15, 2018:
Morally corrupted; evil; perverted; thoroughly bad.
Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind; to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
If you are wondering what it means to have a depraved mind it means one’s mind is corrupted by evil and leads one to do what they ought not to do. We live in a culture today that is depraved because it is guided by people with depraved minds.
Paul gives us a very detailed definition of a depraved person in Romans 1:28-32. “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant and boastful. They invent ways of being evil, they disobey their parents, and they are senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless.”
Everyone knows in his heart that those things are wrong and God has decreed that those who do such things deserve death. And even knowing this they not only continue to do those things that Paul list above but they also approve of those who also live morally corrupt lives like them and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.
The Apostle Paul wrote this letter many years ago to the believers in Rome but it is also for us believers today. Paul’s purpose in writing these words was to warn the church of God’s wrath that will come to those who are unrighteous. He was describing the depraved condition of the Roman society of his day. It is evident that the sinful nature of man has not changed over time and society today is just as depraved as it was during Paul’s lifetime.
The Romans knew about God, just as people today know about God, but they did not think it was worthwhile to acknowledge Him as God. They chose to reject God and He allowed them to reject Him. God does not force anyone to follow Him, but when people refuse to acknowledge God He turns them over to their depraved minds. Unfortunately, many people prefer to believe Satan’s lies because he reinforces their selfish desires and depraved beliefs.
Paul called on the Romans (chapter 1) to examine their lives. It is a call for us as believers also to examine our lives. Are we doing and living as God wants us to live or are we allowing our depraved minds to lead us down the wrong path of life?
THERE IS NEVER A RIGHT TIME TO DO WRONG!
THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO RIGHT!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 3:9.
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase.
Help me to be aware of the evil in today’s society. Help me to cling to the knowledge of Your Word so that I will do what I ought to do today. Take away from me all my evil desires and depraved thoughts that will lead me to sin and fall away from following You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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