“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:24

Paul is clearly saying to us, Christians in this text that it’s our responsibility to put off the old man and not God’s. We often ask God to take away our tendencies toward our old habits and old lifestyle without us lifting a finger; yes we might ask for His grace to be bold in putting off the old but He has given us the free will to be responsible for our actions.

We sometimes focus on the actions and behaviours that mark the old nature, and trying to deal with them as they come up or we plead with the Lord in our weakness, to remove those things from us. But that’s not the way Jesus deals with the problem, what we are doing is like tossing chlorine into the stream as it rushes by, in an attempt to purify the water; but Jesus goes all the way back to the source and purifies that, so that what flows from it is clean. We need to visit the root and totally uproot the cause.

Paul says that since we’ve been created brand new in Christ and are indwelt by His Spirit, and have the divine nature imparted to us, we are now empowered to lay aside the old corrupt nature with all its evil practices, and put on the new, and walk accordingly.

The new self, created in God’s likeness, is created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. It is only the regenerate mind that can comprehend those things, because it has been awakened to truth, and indeed, was created according to truth.

And so as Christians, you must come to see clearly that what was restored in you when you first believed, was truth and the ability to comprehend it, and righteousness before God, and the ability to practice it, and holiness in His presence, and the power by His indwelling Spirit to live it. We must daily look in the ‘mirror’ of His word and see the change.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Let the Word of God dwell in you richly because it is only through this we can conquer temptation and live in holiness and righteousness.

 

Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

Cover design by Fotologue Limited Lagos Island , Lagos ISBN 13: 978-1-60683-046-8 Copyright © 2020 by The Living Stones Ministry thelivelystonesministry@gmail.com

Published by Fotologue Limited. Lagos , Nigeria. www.fotologue.com

Printed in the Nigeria . All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. Contents and/or cover may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without the express written consent of the Publisher.

 

 

.

Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

Cover design by Fotologue Limited Lagos Island , Lagos ISBN 13: 978-1-60683-046-8 Copyright © 2020 by The Living Stones Ministry thelivelystonesministry@gmail.com

Published by Fotologue Limited. Lagos , Nigeria. www.fotologue.com

Printed in the Nigeria . All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. Contents and/or cover may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without the express written consent of the Publisher.