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, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
You can feel it in the air? Living in western New York, you can feel the change taking place in nature. The air a little crisper, the wind a little colder, and the color of the leaves begin to change. It's time for a new season. Today's verse speaks of our former manner of life and a new self – a change in nature. When I was living as an angry man, I knew I needed a change in my nature. I began to see my nature as that of Christ's and not my former self. I had to get rid of the old self, difficult as it was, to see the newness of life through the Spirit of God. No one likes change. Those living in western New York don't really look forward to shoveling snow or dealing with the cold. However, without the change in nature, we wouldn't see the touch of God upon this earth. A change in our own nature will allow God's touch upon our lives. A life that can then begin to change those around us. Don't be corrupted by the old, but begin new with the change God is calling us to.
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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