GET RID OF THOSE OLD CLOTHES!
When you entertain certain thoughts in the privacy of your own mind you can 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 Corinthians 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.’ You may not want to admit that you’re still wearing those sad old clothes from your life before you met Jesus. Truth is, you can’t put on a whitewashed new life ’til you first take off that shabby old attitude. And remember, with God there’s no bottom drawer option; the old stuff goes in the bin, not in storage!
Here are some really important words from the Bible, read them carefully: ‘Stop telling lies…tell [your] neighbors 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).
Pretty practical eh!? What else do you expect?
When God’s Spirit lives in you there’s no need to:
a) lie in order to cover your back
2) cheat to get ahead
3) get moody when you don’t get your own way
4) talk people down to make yourself seem better than you are.
Those are all old clothes; throw ’em all away!
‘Put off your old self…put on the new self.’ Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 139; Ephesians 2:10
Lord, you have searched me & known me! I praise you, for I am fearfully & wonderfully made. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book!
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed! I awake & I am still with you!
Search me, o God, & know my heart! Try me & know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, & lead me in the way everlasting!
For we are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Every day of your life has already been written!
God loves you & desires you to walk with him today!
Seek him today & you will be amazed!
Live for him today never delay!)