At house group last night, we were looking at Ephesians 4, particularly the part about putting on the new self. This chapter is one of the most marked in my Bible with many under linings and comments. These words were first given to me early on in my Christian walk when a lady called me to the front of a meeting and gave me a message direct from God’s heart. I think God was telling me that I had cast off the old self and now was the time to start putting on the new self.
Likening this to a new wardrobe, I didn’t receive all the new clothes at once, and as some are ready to be put on they still hang in the wardrobe, waiting for the right occasion or right time for me to take them off the hanger. Others are waiting for me to get to the right shape or size, but all are there, given to me by God. I trust in his timing to help me to fully put on the new self yet recognise this is a work that will take until Eternity to fully complete.
Ephesians 4:22-24 – You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
I DON’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE
Don’t judge me by my past, I don’t live there anymore, see that pile of clothes on the floor, that’s the old me, the discarded layers symbolic, a testimony of my new start, a change of heart from stone to flesh, my mind is starting to reflect the mind of Christ, I see it now, I see the change, I even see his light shining within me and as he transforms my life I feel that I am clothed in strength and dignity, decked in love and humility, no longer under condemnation but under grace, a new nature, I display a Christ Like humanity that never used to be part of my psyche, but he is changing me, and for the better I might add cos this my God has made me glad, he’s made my heart sing, I am constantly praising him for his goodness, his mercy, his unfailing love, the forgiveness of sins that’s moved me from my shame filled past, transforming that pile of layers to this new creation fuelled by prayer, fuelled by his Spirit living in me, I am a new creation, I am righteous and holy.