“A New Self"
DADS…as I shared beginning in last week’s blog, there are Six gifts that God has laid on my heart to
Six gifts that He gives to us all freely to receive unconditionally daily.
We read in Ephesians 4:22-24:
22 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.
So what does it mean to "Put off the Old”?
Verses 22–24 are the teaching of the Lord for Christians who have been awakened by the voice of Jesus,who have been given a new eternal life within and who are now in the school of Christ waiting and eager to be taught how to live,
No longer like the Gentiles in the futility of their minds (v. 17) but like new creatures whose lives are full of meaning and hope and joy.
School my brothers is now in session.
It is not private. It is very public and has open enrollment!
8 But now put them all away...anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth.
9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old person with its practices.
DADs…so putting off the "old self" is more than just setting aside and putting off old practices, because Colossians 3:9 says we put it off WITH it's practices.
We leave it…whatever it is…and all its parts…and things it creates.
So DADs How do we "Put on the New”?
Colossians 3:12: reveals the new person that we are supposed to "put on”... Paul says, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and loved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience."
Is putting off the "old self" easier than putting on "new self”? DOES IT MEAN TO DISCARD IT ALL?
Do you put new shoes over old ones? If you can do that…I want to see! To enroll in the School of Christ, you have to do both!
DADs the SECOND gift God gives us Today and EVERY DAY is a “NEW SELF”
DADS…let’s receive this gift and Take off the old…put on the new!
Today...You Have Been Remade!!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…
God gives you! So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!