When a new season of a team sport approaches the coach must choose which type of play will fit the new and evolving team. A plan that worked last season may need to be discarded and a new plan implemented in order to get the best out of the team. The coach maps out the new plan however it is up to the players to execute it…old plans must be PUT OFF and new ones must be PUT ON.
To be effective in our walk with Christ, we are directed to PUT OFF and PUT ON…
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 NIV
A new life begins as the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to living within God’s plan and we have a choice to make. Will we PUT OFF our old ways and PUT ON the new ways God has for us? He has promised to give us the power to walk in His ways as we shed the old self and purposefully climb into the new and improved version He has set before us.
PRAYER: To be like you is my heart’s desire. I will continually climb out of my old self and into the new garments of righteousness that you have prepared for me. Thank you for offering me the opportunity to choose your ways and for your power in me that makes it possible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
OFF WITH THE OLD – ON WITH THE NEW!
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