Restart - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

 Thank you, Lord, for your mercy in my life.  I open my heart to hear about your ways.  Show me where my old self is blocking your new life.

 

 Read: Ephesians 4:22-24   The Message (MSG)

20-24 “But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”

 

Reflect:

Growing up, there seemed to be many discussions at our house regarding appropriate clothing.  As kids, we preferred our faded worn out jeans with holes in the knees which at that time were designated as “play clothes”.  Many times the boys would show up for breakfast with them on and mom would always say, “Take those off and put on the jeans I just bought you. You are not wearing old jeans to school!”  It was a constant fight and eventually it would be solved by mom getting rid of the old jeans.  God tells us each day, “Put on the new self, the one I bought for you, through the blood of Jesus Christ.”  Many times we like the old self because it feels comfortable and familiar, but when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit living in us gives us the strength to become a new person.  God does the changing in us but we must be participants and choose by faith to act on what He is telling us to do in the Bible.  Today get rid of that faded worn out old life and choose to put on the new.  God has great things planned for you.

 

Apply:

Some of the daily “new self” choices we make are forgiveness, serving, generosity, or patience.  What have you put on since accepting Christ that has made you a new person? 

 

Closing Prayer:

Today God I choose your ways.  I want to grow and look more like Jesus.  Thank you for your love today.  Help me to love those around me.

Terry Schneider