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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Be Renewed

Ephesians 4: 20 - 24, But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. NKJV

As we are renewed in the spirit of our mind, we will also put on the "new man." Many Christians struggle from time to time to STOP doing something that, as born again believers, they should not to be doing. In Galatians 5, Paul teaches us that if we will walk in the Spirit, then we won't fulfill the lust of the flesh. Do you walk in spiritual authority over the flesh to the point of living in liberty? If not, this word can empower you to gain the knowledge you may need to overcome fleshly ways or weaknesses.

In Romans 12, we're told that God has given every person a measure of faith. He also warns us believers not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, but to think soberly. Once we become born again, it's true that our sins have been forgiven, and our conscience has been purged by the precious blood of Jesus. Jesus did defeat the Devil on the cross as well as paid the debt for our sins, but there's something that He left for us to do "after" we accept Him as our Savior and Lord. This has nothing to do with earning our salvation because salvation is a gift of God. 

If you're a Christian, and you still struggle with issues that should have been left behind with your past life, it only means that you need to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. This is where the measure of faith that Paul taught about comes into operation. As God deals with our hearts to change old mindsets and habits, we must use our faith to trust in His will over our human will. This is called changing our ways.

Once you recognize that there is a weakness in your walk and know that God wants to see a transformation in it, you can begin to submit to "His" process of changing your will. When you submit to God's will first, then He will empower you to resist the Devil. In due season, the Lord will lift you above the old ways, and you will begin to walk in authority and liberty. We must be aware of the enemy of "self" that tries to dominate and control our lives as Christians... lest it is allowed to prevent us from walking in victory.

Isaiah 55: 6 - 7, Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; NKJV

We forsake our old ways by seeking the Lord and His will... and it begins with the Word of God and prayer.

Let the CHANGE Begin,
Pastor Asa

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