You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24 (NIV)
What have you been taught about your old life and your old self? My old life and old self are dead and gone. They no longer live. As of when, did your old life and old self die? On the day, I received a new life in you. Tell me more. What have I done for you? You broke the power of sin over my life. You made it so I can be forgiven of my sin and cleansed of my unrighteousness. My old sinful life, and my old selfish self, died on the cross with you. That is where, when, and how the power of sin was broken over my life. That is true. So, you have completely left your old life and old self behind when you received my salvation and allowed me to be your Savior and Lord? You are dead to sin and alive to me? Yes, that is true. So, you no longer have any difficulty with sinful thoughts, sinful words or sinful actions, is that correct? I would not say that. What would you say? I would say that my old life and old self try to live again. I’m glad that you know that to be true. But you have put off your old life and old self? Yes, that is true. What will help you to keep on continually putting off your old life and old self? What have I provided for you? You have given me your word. How will my word make you able to put off your old life and old self? Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my mind. Your word will make me able to think your thoughts, speak your words, and do your deeds. Your word, and the power of your Holy Spirit, will fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word will guard and guide my life. Your word will make me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. Yes, my word and the power of my Holy Spirit will do all those things in, with, for and through you. What must you do with my word? If I want a changed heart and renewed mind, I must allow your word to dwell in me richly. That’s true. So, you have put off your old self, and are being renewed in your mind, what else must you do if you want to live a holy and righteous life in me? I must put on the new life I have in you. What does that mean? I must go where you guide me. I must do what you ask of me. I must live my life in an intimate relationship with you. Then I will be able to live the life that you have called me to live. That is true. Will you keep on putting off your old life and old self? Will you be renewed in your mind? Will you put on your new life in me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for drawing me to you. You are now my Savior and Lord. I am dead to my old life. I have put off my old life and old self. Renew my mind with your word and the power of your Holy Spirit so I can live the new and righteous and holy life I have in you. Amen
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