…what I’d have shared on saturday 12/20/08

Taking off and putting on

‘…you have taken off your old self…and have put on the new self…’ Colossians 3:9-10

Some of us are perfectionists when it comes to our physical appearance, yet we think nothing of running around spiritually threadbare. We’re more concerned with how we look to others, than how we look to God. What’s the answer? Spend more time in front of the mirror! James writes: ‘Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does’ (James 1:23-25 NIV). Your old carnal clothes must be discarded, not hung in the wardrobe for the next time you want to wear them. Your focus each day must be to ‘…clothe [yourselves] with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature’ (Romans 13:14 NIV). Chuck Swindol says: ‘The number one enemy of change is the hard-core, self-sustained sin nature within you. Like a spoiled child it’s been gratified and indulged for years, so it won’t give up without a temper tantrum. The flesh dies a slow, bitter, bloody death; kicking and struggling all the way. Lasting change takes place in first gear, not overdrive. So expect occasional setbacks, and don’t let them derail you. When you feel like throwing in the towel, get down on your knees and ask God to help you get back on track. He’ll do it.’

till next time,
easy does it 🙂


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