In the last couple of blog posts, I have discussed what happens when we put off the old man and recognize our foundation in Christ. Here are key thoughts from those two blog posts and then we can move forward.
When we are born, we are born into a life that is influenced by the world’s system of being and doing. We are put into classification by income, looks, family status, social status, gender or color. It is then broken down even further into special interests or groups. Is it any wonder that we find ourselves in a constant state of flux? If we fit in this group, do we fit in this group? If we don’t fit into this group, maybe we will find a good fit in another one. This leads to so much confusion that we find ourselves ostracized even from our own beliefs about who we are and who we can become.
Throughout our lifetime we are constantly told who we are or aren’t and how we do or don’t fit. We are open sponges as children as we hear and then imitate what we hear. If that isn’t enough, we then begin to believe and assign new labels to ourselves, some good and some not so good.
When we finally surrender to the understanding that without Christ our lives are tied to a world that is ever-changing in its expectations, it is impossible for us to consistently meet them. We will eventually run out resources, knowledge, strength or time and are left feeling desperate and hopeless.
As we grow in the understanding of God, and Christ as His Son who became the sacrifice that was made for us, it is no longer about us being worthy or us fitting in. Instead it is all about Him being worthy and we benefit from His goodness. What a concept. Despite all that we’ve done wrong in our lives, He paid the price for each of us. God sees us through the eyes of His Son. His worthiness, His sacrifice, His goodness is what matters. All that He has done for us becomes the very foundation on which we rebuild our lives. As we identify and put off the old labels and ways of living our lives, we are told to put on the new man which is where we will begin this week.
We are told in the Bible that we are three-part beings; spirit, soul, and body. As we are instructed to put on the new man, it begins with meditating on, believing, and speaking God’s truth about who He says we are and how He sees us. Regardless of our circumstances, how we were raised, what we were taught or how we feel, when we accept Christ, we have been given the choice and the ability to identify ourselves through God’s image and leave the world’s labels behind.
There is an exchange made when we become born again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and are then baptized. That exchange is to our benefit if we will only accept it.
The Spirit (We become one in spirit with Him)
Galatians 3:26-28 (NKJV), For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaves nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The Soul (The soul is the area where our growth takes place)
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV), Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 John 2 (NKJV), Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
The Body (Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV), Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As you can see, salvation covers our spirit, soul and body and we belong to Him fully. Usually the only obstacle that prevents us from receiving or actively walking in these revelations is the way we think. We are still holding on to pieces of our past that have become embedded in our heart (mind, will and emotions) and must be rooted out by the Holy Spirit. It’s not that we must dig up every memory or account for every second of our life that was bad. We simply allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in surrendering those areas and pieces He brings to our attention. We ask for forgiveness, forgive others, and draw on the exchange that was made for us.
Here are some other scriptures that you can check out to see what else we are asked to put on.
|Romans 13:14||Put on the armor of light|
|Galatians 3:27||Put on Christ|
|Ephesians 6:11||Put on the armor of God|
In conclusion, the only way we can truly walk in the freedom that Jesus paid for is to put off the old, put on the new, and stay mindful of the foundation that Jesus provided.
Romans 12:2 (The Voice) reads, ‘Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing and complete.’
@Linda Wilson or lindawilsonwriting.com, March 27, 2019