Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT
I love that this verse doesn’t just say put off your old sinful nature and former way of life, it says throw it off! Be done with it when you’ve been created new in Christ. On day 14 of the put off, put on challenge, I challenge you to get rid of what’s still lingering in your life that is a way of your past.
Ask yourself and ask God to show you what ways of your past life you are still clinging to. Then throw them off! Let the Spirit renew your mind and attitude.
How do you do that? How can the Spirit work to change your mind and attitude. You can ask God to let His Holy Spirit do that work in you. Spend time with God in prayer asking for the guidance and renewing of the Holy Spirit in you. Know His Word, and put off those former things your sinful self used to do.
You have the choice of putting off your sins or not. Often times, we may not be committing outright sinful acts, and so we may not even be aware of our own sinfulness. We may have pride that we don’t see in ourselves. We may gossip without even thinking it’s gossip. We may lie, just a tiny little lie and think nothing of its seriousness as sin against God. But God knows all things. And He can tell you and convict you by the Holy Spirit as to the old ways you need to put off.
You also have the choice of if you let the Spirit renew your mind and attitude. Are you spending time in praise, worship, and prayer so that your mind and attitude can be better aligned with God? That’s your choice to make. What will you do with your time? Take your time to draw close to God so He can do the work in you that He has set forth.
Prayer for today: Father thank you for making me a new creation. Forgive me for sometimes hanging on to my old ways. God inspect my heart and my life and point out what you want me to put off. I want your Spirit to renew my mind and attitude and I pray for your guidance. I pray that as I draw nearer to you that you draw nearer to me and change me even more and into who you will have me to be. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
Cindy Witt. Copyright 2017.
4Her Ministries Inc.