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Thursday, September 8, 2016

God Understands I Can’t Change Overnight

In review of Ephesians 4:24 it says, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy”

Bottom Line:
Put on your new self, created like God, that is righteous and holy.

What this means to me:
I must put on a new self, one which is created in God’s likeness and they reveals itself in a life that is done in an upright and useful manner.

Today's passage comes from the last half of Ephesians 4 where he is telling those in Ephesus about living as children of light.  He tells us to no longer live as the Gentiles do, helplessly confused. They are far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. We are to throw off your old sinful nature and former ways of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, we are to let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Then we are to put on our new nature, created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.

It's good to know that when God is helping me grow, he doesn’t just snap his fingers so that it happens instantly. Rather he does it incrementally. When God wants to make a mushroom, he takes six hours, but when he wants to make an oak tree, he takes 60 years.

Would I rather be a mushroom or an oak tree?

What I’m learning is that the Holy Spirit will make changes in my life far beyond anything I thought possible, but they’re not going to happen overnight.  However, I do need to be intentional about it. The Bible says, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:24 NLT).

I become more like Jesus by throwing off the old things and the old ways that keep me from getting to know Christ and becoming like him, and I put on my new self with the help of the Holy Spirit. I let God do his work in me, no matter how long it takes.

As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him” (2 Corinthians 3:18b TLB).

Today, I’ll consider what are my goals for the next 10 years and how I’d like God to work.  I’ll ask him to help me trust as he works in his time to fulfill his purpose for me.