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 4:22-24 (NIV)
You Were Taught
I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to live my life fully with and for you. I don’t want to fall short. I don’t want to miss the mark. I know that I will need your help. I can’t be what you have called me to be by my own efforts. I can’t do what you are asking me to do with my own strength. You are right, you will need my help. You will need my strength. You will need my wisdom. You will need my guidance. You will need to put into practice all that you have been taught. I’m sorry to say that I will even need you to refresh me on what I have been taught.
You have been taught to leave your old life behind. Take off the dirty and stinky clothes of your old life. Walk away from your old thoughts, patterns and practices. Separate yourself from the darkness in which you once lived and walked. Eliminate anything that would feed and sustain your old sinful life. Have nothing do to with wickedness. Let nothing stir up and encourage deceitful desires within you. Let nothing corrupt what I want to do in and through you. None of your old life suits you any longer. I will leave my old life behind. That will be very good.
What else must I do? That is a very good question. It is good that you realize that you must do more than simply walk away from your old life. You must let me change your heart and transform your mind. How will you change my heart and transform my mind? On the day that you turned away from your sin to follow me I began the ongoing process of changing your heart and transforming your mind. This process will continue daily until the day you come to live forever in heaven with me. I will use my word to change your heart and transform your mind. You must let my word dwell in you richly. You must meditate on my word day and night. My word will strengthen you. My word will make you able to think my thoughts and walk in my ways. Will you let me change your heart and transform my mind with my word? Yes, Lord, I will allow your word to do its work in me. I will let your word dwell in me richly That will be very good.
There is one final thing you must do if you want to live your life fully with and for me. What is that? You must put on the new life that I have given you to live. I will clothe your new life with my goodness. You must follow me. You must walk in the light with me. You must go where I guide you. You must do all that I ask of you. Will you wear my righteousness and holiness as you follow and serve me? Yes, Lord, I will wear the new life in you that you have given me to live. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to separate myself from any remaining influences from the old self and its deceitful practices. Renew and transform my heart and mind by your word so that I will be able to put on the new self and live fully for you. Amen
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