“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 4:22-24 (KJV, emphasis added)
In last week’s blog I closed with a question: Since you came to the Savior has anything changed in your life? Are there any new people, places, purposes, priorities or positions?
One of the many changes in my life and in the lives of others that have surrendered to our Lord and Savior is that there must have been a divine divorce with our old man. Remember the old man is identified as the nature of humanity that hates heaven’s power (the Holy Spirit) and is hostel to the will and Word of God. The old man is always willing to make a home for the influence of hell. According to Ephesians 4:22, we are charged by Christ to put our old man away from us. Our decision must be deliberate and denotes a change of influence as well as priority. So by His power, God has delivered us from the old man’s lies, lasciviousness and lust.
This deliverance produces a change of paradigm which is also coupled with a change of attitude, due to the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit creates a new man that walks in righteousness and true holiness. For example, in my life, my proclivity for profanity, allegiance to autonomy, and the dictates of degenerate desires began to diminish and subsequently be destroyed. All of my circumstances are now captured in a Christian prism as opposed to the prison of my passions. I am praising the Lord for giving me true change in which I can believe. The government did not give me this change. His grace did! This is all accomplished by consistent commitment to obey God’s word as well as to listen and be led by His Spirit.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Titus 3:5-6 (KJV)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14 (KJV)
In closing biblical change, change that you can believe in, is a continual process. When we put off old patterns and put on new patterns which come from eternity and not earth we will experience change we can believe in! So don’t put off what God has called you to put off!
For the Glory of God,