Scripture is amazing as God has central ideas that He brings to us over and over. One of my favorite reassurances is that God will never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to be with us 24/7. Another reoccurring idea it for us to ‘put off’ our old self, our old nature and ‘put on’ the new nature we now have through Christ. Ephesians 4:22- 24 “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; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
We need to be constantly reminded that IN CHRIST we are now DIFFERENT! His Holy Spirit now indwells us and helps and guides us to make decisions about the way we live, talk and act that are glorifying to God. Because it is an old nature and not a gone nature, we are in constant battle with our old self and old ways of thinking and acting. One day, when we are with Jesus in heaven, our old nature and bent towards sinning will be completely gone, and we will be free from the presence of sin. Right now we are free from the power of sin over our lives, but we have to stay connect to Jesus and focused on Him to keep that old nature packed away. In Christ I have a new mind and a new attitude!
I am encourage today by Paul’s words that our new nature creates in us God’s true righteousness and holiness’ through Jesus. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am free in Christ, covered by His righteousness, having a new mind and heart attitude in Him.
Thank you Jesus. Through your power, I can put that old nature away and focus on the new life I have in You.