“Put on the new self, created to be like God” Ephesians 4:24
Now that you’ve taken Christ as your Savior, understanding the He has forgiven all your sins, washing you whiter than snow, life is a dream with no problems—right? If you are at all like most Christians, your honest answer would be, not exactly. Instead of a bed of roses, you can’t help but notice quite a few thorns along the way. Perhaps you’ve been confronted with difficult trials, rejection by friends and relatives along with feelings of uncertainty. Count yourself among the countless number of people who have accepted the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. You have become a new person and just as you have always made daily choices in your life, those choices will now be assisted by God’s Holy Spirit. So, even though you may feel alone in this life-long battle, God has promised: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5
Although our feelings will remain, the facts have changed. God has interceded in our lives for eternity. We are never abandoned to slug it out with the enemy of our soul on our own…God is always by our side. Our job is to remember that relationship when life seems hopeless and troubles seem overwhelming. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit and he did. Every Christian is indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit for guidance, comfort, support and recollection of Christ’s instructions.
Ephesians 4:22-24 ~ 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.
2 Peter 1:1-8 ~ This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:20 ~ My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Colossians 3:1-4 ~ Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Colossians 3:13-16 ~ Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Philippians 2:1-4 ~ Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
God has given us all the tools. We must remove them from the toolbox!