GET RID OF THOSE OLD CLOTHES                    Ephesians 4:17-29

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (vv22-24)

When you entertain certain thoughts in the privacy of your own mind you may be tempted to excuse yourself by saying, “What harm will it do? What harm? More than you know! Ultimately you become whatever you dwell on. Paul writes, ‘Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Colossians 10:5) Take control of your thoughts or they’ll take you places you don’t want to go! Again Paul writes, “Put off your old self… put on the new self.” Now you may not want to admit that you’re still wearing some of those old man till you first take off the old one. Furthermore, you can’t hang those old clothes in the closet for a rainy day, or leave them on the floor to be tripped over. You’ve got to get rid of them.

Read these words carefully: “Stop telling lies… tell (your) neighbours the truth…Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing… use your hands for good hard work… give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be… helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:25-29 NLT) Because God’s Spirit lives within you, you don’t have to: (a) lie in order to advance your position (b)cheat to be prosperous (c) deceive to achieve (d) use your anger and your moods to control others (e) engage in foul talk. These are old clothes, get rid of them (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Dear Lord, may I, for the joy set before me, endure with patience, the hardship of the trial. Help me to live by Your Word to overcome every trial.

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A life surrendered to Jesus is renewed through salvation

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