2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things have passed away, behold, new things have come.
A new creation in Christ Jesus. This requires a renewing of the mind by the washing of our minds with Word of God.
When we have been made new in Christ Jesus by faith in God's atoning work for our sins at Calvary, we should no longer follow after the ways, desires and pleasures of the old man. He is to be daily put to death as we are daily made new in Christ Jesus.
Putting off the old: Putting off bad practices of living. Putting off anger, pride, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from our mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old person with its practices.
According to Ephesians 4:18-19 The old man is darkened in his or her understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in him or her due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
The old man is corrupted by it's deceitful desires.
The call for today is to "transformation"! Change that starts place in the mind. Philippians 2:5 - Let his mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:12-Paul says, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and loved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience."
Once we have taken off the old clothes and put on our new clothes, the new man in Christ Jesus, the world and all it's sinful pleasure will continue to make every attempt to draw us back to where God has called us from. But, we must daily press our away in the opposite direction of that pull through prayer and the Word of God. It is God's will that we press forward toward the mark for the prize of the most high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
In other words, we are called to move forward with Christ and in pursuit of His will for our lives and not look back to the former things which once had us bound. The Apostle Paul puts it this way in Philippians 3:13- Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
When we have been truly transformed by the renewing of our minds, we are no longer interested in pleasing the flesh, the world and satan. Our desire now is to please God. This is the life that is controlled by the man who has truly been transformed in his mind.
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Too many Christians are still wearing old garments. They are switching back and forth with old clothes and the new ones, depending on the company that they keep. The time to get dressed in the newness of Christ is now! Now is the accepetable time. Now is the time of salvation. Now is the time to get dressed in the newness of Christ in our actions and not our mouths only.
Colossians 3:1-2- If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Mark 8;36- And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? What is your soul worth? I pray that your soul means more to you than money and things that will one day be left behind here on earth. All those things are perishable and have no eternal value. Our souls will last forever. Where will it spend eternity? With God or apart from God? Where will it be for you?
Matthew 6:19-21 - Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The old man along with his old garments must be taken off if you plan on spending eternity with God. If you plan on spending your life apart from God, keep parading through life daily with your old garments. One thing for sure that can be guaranteed according to scripture is the fact that you will regret the decision of not trading your old clothes for new ones.
In hell you will have all your senses.This is not a scare tactic, but let's take a reality check by peeking at Luke 16:22-24-The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in torment in this fire.’
Who we are when we transition from earth to eternity will be who we will be in eternity. If you choose to allow death to catch you with your old clothes on, separated from God you will be. If death catch you in the clothes of the new man who walks after the spirit, eternity is your home. Believe it or not, it does matter whether or not you put on the new man or remain clothed with the old man. One will live and the other will burn in the fiery furnace in torment throughout eternity.
Is the old man dead in your life? For your own benefit, I can only hope and pray that He is. If not, He will cause you to miss heaven. . Do not be deceive, be not wise in your own eyes, but wise according to scripture. The days are evil and the time is shorter than it has ever been. You are a day older today than you were yesterday. It is time to take off the old man and put on the new man.
If you have truly been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will never be the same and there will be evidence of that change in your life. Daily burial to our flesh is evident in the way we live, the choices we make, the places we go, the things we do and the company we keep. You can't fool God. He knows you. He created you. You are not smarter than your creator eventhough satan may have tricked you into believing that!
It is time to take off the old man and put on the new man. Remember, your life is just a vapor. Here one minute and gone the next. Think about it!
There is a crown to be won! The crown of eternal life belongs only to the new man. The man who walks after the spirit and not after the flesh and all it's desires.
Now is the time to rise up in the newness of Christ Jesus and be counted. It is time to take off the old man and put on the new man.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for divine wisdom the leads to life eternal with Him.
I love you all.
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