Weekly Devotional By Pastor Ron
August 27, 2017
Ephesians 4:22–24 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 in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
You may not realize it but you are reading the only plan God has to change us for good.These 3 verses cover the details of God's plan of change. God is talking about us becoming more like Christ. These verses also explain why we fail so often.
There are only 2 factors in real change. One is God and the other, us. Both have a role. God tells us in v. 23 that He will cause the inner change in our spirits, and thinking. It is being done to us as we do our part.
What is our part? Putting off our old self that is being corrupted as we live. This is the sinner part of us that we are no longer a slave to. God has already freed us from it! IT IS FINISHED! God has done his part on the cross. But God didn't stop there. Now we can't stop with putting off our old self, because it is like throwing out a cup of water in the rain. It fills up again unless we fill it with living water. So the second part is us putting on our new clothes of our new standing in the family of God and that is what fills our cup and changes everything.
Yes we can read the Bible more, pray more, spend more time at church....but that doesn't fill our cup. Only when we look beyond the obedience and deeply desire the presence of God in these things and our living does our heart and mind really change. We don't cause the change God does! There is no room for the old self. What a powerful plan. We do our part and God does His. Try it and see what adventure God has around the corner for you.