Ephesians 4:22-24 (NASB) That in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which is the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Get rid of the old parts, and put in the new. When we built an addition to the house, we had to make sure that the new foundation was tied into the old. That meant getting rid of some of the block here and there to make room and to ensure the new block interconnected with the old. Today's scripture reminds us to rid ourselves of our old self and former way of life. We must if we want to put on the new self. It was hard work to break the old foundation block, but it had to be done for the new addition to connect seamlessly. In life, we will have to chisel away the old self, painful as it will be, because it has to be done. We couldn't just lay the new block next to the old. Eventually, the foundations would split and there would be trouble. Trying to hold on to your old self while putting on the new self in Christ will lead to problems to. It’s best to do it right to ensure you have a solid foundation to live on.
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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