“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:22-24).”
After accepting Christ into our lives, there is much work to do as we begin the process of sanctification. It is God’s desire that we not simply confess Christ but that we live a lifestyle that reflects holiness. He wants to set us apart for His use–to place us on the potter’s wheel and begin shaping and conforming us into His image. The problem is… He put us on but because we don’t choose to bend, flex and be re-shaped, we jump back off, thus delaying the process. Sure, we’re fine momentarily on the wheel… until we get a new boyfriend or girlfriend. Then we’re no longer interested in having our minds re-shaped… it’s now uncomfortable. Get back on that wheel.
The old man is really old… antique really. He’s been around since Adam’s fall. He was here generations upon generations before we were here. And he’s been around with us since birth, growing and strengthening himself as we did. No wonder we’re more comfortable with the old man. That is, our old nature is much older than our new nature. Even Paul said that the thing he wanted to do, that he didn’t do (Romans Chapter 7). And what he didn’t want to do, that he did. Now if he did what he did not want, then it was no more him (Paul) but sin that was dwelling in him. It was the old man, the old nature, working. It seems many Christians simply prefer to hang on to the old man–comfortable with the devil we know, I suppose. Put off the old man! I say, remove him from his throne, from his seat of authority in your life and allow Christ to rule and reign. … to be continued)
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