February 2, 2021
I Am Different Now
As Paul writes this letter to the believers in Ephesus, he wants to remind the Christians of an important truth: they are not the same people they once were before salvation. They are new creatures in Christ and are to put away the things of the old man. We, too, as Christians, need to put away the old man. We should not continue in our old ways and old mindset. The old mindset was that there was no hope in you, in life, and in the world, but now that we have the new man, there is hope because we have the hope which lieth within us, which is Jesus Christ. However, the old man still wants to creep back into our lives, and unfortunately, many Christians have slipped back into the old man. Because of the battle between the old man, our sinful nature, and the new man, we disparately need to renew our minds through the washing of the Scriptures every day. It's so important to daily read our Bibles and spend time with God so that our minds can be renewed and refreshed. It's a choice every day to put on the new man and to have the right mindset, focus, outlook, and the right thinking. However, we cannot do this on our own except by the Lord's strength, which is why it's so important to spend quality time with Him daily. Whenever you feel yourself slipping back into the old man and old mindset, renew yourself in God's Word and refocus yourself on God each day.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:20-24 (KJV)
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