Monday, January 27, 2014

Put it off and Put it on.

What in the world are we to put off and put on?  In preparation for the coming of Jesus, there are some things that we need to put off.

Colossians 3:8,9  "But now you yourselves are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds."
In order to prepare ourselves for heaven and the second coming of Christ, we are to put off the old man of sin.  And it names some of the sins we are to put off.  Here are some more things to put off the old man of sin.

Galatians 5:19,20,21  "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

How do we go about putting off the old man of sin? Philippians 1:6  "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

1 Thessalonians 5:24  "He who calls you is faithful , who also will do it."

Who will take care of the old man of sin? He who has begun a good work in you will do it and He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.  What do you have to do?  Give the old man of sin to Christ.  That is your work, nothing more.  Surrender it all, give it all up to Him who will take care of it all.

Now it is time to 'Put On'.
Colossians 3:12-17 "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body and be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Some more things to put on:
Galatians 5:22-26  "The fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law, And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires,  if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited provoking one another, envying one another."

How do we put on the new man?
Philippians 1:6  He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
John 15:7  "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."  What does abide mean?  It means to stay with Me, stay in My presence so that you can have My help at all times.  Whenever we ask for the help of His divine presence in overcoming the old man of sin, we have His promise that 'it shall be done for you'.

Will you put off the old man of sin and put on the new man in Christ?  He has promised that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Will you yoke up with Him? I am praying for you reader, whoever you are that you will follow Christ because He is faithful Who calls you and will do it for you.  What more could you ask for?
Grandma Joan

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