Posted by: missionventureministries | January 3, 2016

A NEW BEGINNING – Ephesians 4:22-24

Ephesians 4 vs 22-24

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.(Ephesians 4:22-24) 

As we start the New Year, it is good to remember that we can renew our commitments with resolutions that will glorify our heavenly Father. We can do this with the help of the Holy Spirit as we determine to gain greater heights in our spiritual journey toward Christ-likeness. We need to remember that no matter how much we have backslidden, disobeyed and fallen short of the Lord’s expectation; that with His help and our determination, we can begin again. 

How can this be accomplished? Verses 20-21 basically state that walking with the world, is not the way of life we have learned, when we heard about Christ and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 

Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29) 

We must put off your old self and put on the new self,” which is clearly speaking of our new manner of life. It’s like changing clothes, we need to leave the old rags behind and put on garments of righteousness. I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10) 

If as believers we are still hanging on to old rags, let this New Year see us obey this passage as an act of faith through the living Spirit of God and rather, clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:14) 

We “need to be made new in the attitude of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). The new man is a new creation of God modeled after Him “in righteousness and true holiness.”  

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) 

When we need direction in making decisions, we must turn to God and trust that the Lord will give us strength to obey Him, because God has a plan for us. He cares bout our dilemmas, He hears our heartfelt petitions, and He will answer us in ways that will astonish us, if we just stop and listen. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Whatever decisions we need to make this New Year – simple, complex or difficult, they should always be predicated on our decision to follow the Lord, because: “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4) 

May we all have a great desire to follow our King of kings and Lord of lords this New Year and as we do He will give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29) 



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