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Ephesians 5:8-10 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  Upright Alright, Ok.  Topics:  2 at end.

“There was a time when you were nothing but darkness. Now, as Christians, you are Light itself. Live and act as sons of Light—for the effect of the Light is seen in every kind of goodness, uprightness and truth—and learn in your own experiences what is fully pleasing to the Lord.”  (WEY)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

When we walk uprightly through our lives, we as Christians are offered many blessings, as seen in these several scriptures, from different translations, dealing with being upright. 

World English Bible:  Isaiah 57:2: “He enters into peace; they rest in their beds, each one who walks in his uprightness.”

Webster’s Bible Translation:  Psalm 84:11: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

American King James Version:  Galatians 2:14:  When the apostle Paul thought the disciple Peter was not being forthright in practicing his Christianity, he speaks to him of uprightness:  “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compel you the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

American King James Version: Psalm 15:1,2: “Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? who shall dwell in your holy hill?
He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.”

Well, to really get at uprightness, we should go to the book of Proverbs. 

Proverbs 2:7.  World English Bible:  ”He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity; . . .” 

Proverbs 28:18.  American King James Version:  “Whoever walks uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.”

Proverbs 10:9.  AKJV:  “He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known.”

Proverbs 15:21.  AKJV:  “Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.”

So, “Proverbially” speaking, what does it mean to walk “upright”?  We know that in our physical bodies, we employ many muscles in order to be upright as we walk through our daily events.  Our feet must use muscles correctly to walk; our ankle muscles (and bones) must be strong enough to bear our weight.  Calf muscles; thigh; muscles around our spines . . . shoulders held back straight by muscles.  These muscles have names:  abs; obliques; quads; gastrocnemius?  Yes.  Vastus lateralis?  Yes.  Well, yeah, however.

Anyway, God fashioned our bodies to have all that is needed for us to walk physically upright – and we take for granted how all this is accomplished, and we should.  We would never stand at all if we had to knowingly put into play each and every muscle it takes. And just think how long it takes for a baby to become a toddler and then a fast-running, catch-me-if-you-can two-year-old.

But we all would probably admit how much appeal there is in just being a couch spud:  forget being upright.  Couching it doesn’t require use of all these muscles; they are out of play except maybe when we turn over during a nap.  Relaxing our muscles seems so really good.

But we are to walk upright for the Lord.  Maybe we can picture it as His version of our physical body, spiritually.  It’s spiritual uprightness we need.  Actually, even someone who cannot stand up, may be confined to a wheelchair, can “walk” upright in the Lord by their spiritual uprightness.  Moral integrity requires no actual footsteps; just a heart for God’s upright standards.

Lord, we ask that we can be upright for you . . . standing, walking, running . . . in all that spiritual uprightness entails.  And we want to do this in our LIFE work.

Topics:  Pray for uprightness of our walk in pro-LIFE work and in all other areas of our lives.
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