Put on the New Man
Theme of the Week: Gotta Be Weak to Be Strong
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Put off … the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and … put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, NKJV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
The Holy Spirit will guide our footsteps if we are willing to turn our lives around and follow him. This is certainly true of new believers, but it is also true for those in the household of faith who have grown stiff and inflexible and perhaps forgetful over the years.
You probably know some folks who have been believers so long they have forgotten how dependent they were on Christ when they first got saved. Their faith was strong then. It was new and fresh, and every day was a wonderful adventure. But over time they settled into a routine, and instead of following Jesus with hope and anticipation, they just kept following the rules. Sometimes we have faith in our faith techniques, don't we? We make all the right moves according to the last sermon we heard or the last book we read instead of relying on Christ to guide our footsteps each day.
We have to put on "the new man," as Paul says, in order to be transformed into the image of Christ (Col. 3:10). When we do that, the old self-centered ways start to fade away and we truly become new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
—Harry R. Jackson Jr. in You Were Born for More
My Response: How can I do a better job at allowing Christ to guide my footsteps?
Thought to Apply: I have put my soul, as a blank, into the hands of Jesus Christ my Redeemer, and desired him to write upon it what he pleases. I know it will be his own image.—George Whitefield (British evangelist)
Adapted from You Were Born for More by Harry R. Jackson Jr. (Chosen, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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