FAITH

OFF & ON

This past weekend, at our women’s event I spoke on overcoming our past and moving forward. Especially as women, it is one of those messages we need to hear over and over again because the struggle is real and it seems to never go away. We all want to be better today than we were yesterday, we strive to be better wives, better moms, better Christians. Transformation is a life long process, and it is also a choice we must make daily.

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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

There are two parts in transformation. First there is the “putting off”, which shows an abandonement or stripping off of something.  However many Christians stop here. They think if I stop doing certain things, avoid certain people, then I am transformed. But we must not neglect the second part  of “putting on”, Trading the old for new, replacing the pain for purpose. Christ did not simply die a cruel death on the cross to erase your sin and shame, but to give you a new life, an abundant life with Him, so that can you live an impactful life. This is why we must “put on” Christ.

  • Put off your failures & sins and  put on His righteousness.
  • Put off your shame & guilt and put on His grace.
  • Put off your wretched, evil, impure and unfaithful heart and put on the perfect mind of Christ.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:26

It is impossible for us to produce the fruit of the spirit on our own.  We can try, but our efforts will only leave us frustrated. But when you put on His love, mercy, grace and joy, there will be an overflow in your speech and life. We need Christ to be Christian. It is Christ that causes us to walk in His ways, to have His mind and to be a living sacrifice, but you must choose to put on Christ. So don’t walk around naked, y’all!

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