Friday, January 10, 2014
Learning to put off the old, and replace it with the New!
In review of Ephesians 4:22-24 it says, “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and ... put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Get rid of the old way of life that was corrupted by deception and instead let the Spirit change your way of thinking. Then you can put a new self that is created in God’s likeness such that you can live a life of service set apart for God.
What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that I should continue to put off my old nature and former way of life, one that is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead let the Spirit change my way of thinking and renew my thoughts and attitudes, and then put on my new self, one that imitates Jesus, so that I can be truly set apart for His service. Lasting change for me will come from changing the way I think, I need to allow in, the things that will honor God. Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and ... put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (NIV). This verse emphasizes that there is a putting off and a putting on that needs to take place. For example If I want to improve my health, I need to stop doing some stuff that is hurtful and replace it with things that will edify it instead. The same is true with my mind, I need to stop putting negative, hurtful things into it, and instead start to watch and listen to things that will edify me and make me more like Christ. Today I will consider the “old” things and habits that I need to take out of my life and replace them with the “new” things and habits.
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