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Be the church – Living The New Life

on November 12, 2017

Ephesians 4:17-24
11/12/17

Before we knew Christ we lived a certain way, after Jesus, we have began a new pathway in our lives! This is a new life, but old patterns or ways may try to creep in! Belief in our savior saves you, and this will give you a new life, not to say your old ways and tendencies are still there. You have a pre-Jesus life and you have a Jesus filled life, you have tendencies to go back to your old ways, and encouragement is there to resist and renew! 

Big idea: Resist the old life and embrace the new

RESIST your natural tendencies (17-20)
A new life means new behavior. May not happen overnight or the next day. ALL patterns and behaviors take time to live according to God and the Holy Spirit. There is a way of life in this world that says “that’s how it’s done.” But Jesus says to read the Bible and not live as everyone else! “If so and so does it, doesn’t mean you have to do it or it’s appropriate.” Don’t behave like everyone else, there is something spiritually powerful and distinct about you, or should be! Go against the grain and follow what God says and through the Holy Spirit. Resistance. Doesn’t mean this will be easy, this is to be intentional. You’re not called to be alike someone else. Recognize the danger of living the old life and natural desires. Understand there is darkness in this to go back to old ways / your flesh.

RENEW your spiritual mind (21-24)

Remember what you’ve been taught about Jesus! Place this learning in your heart. Be a servant! Show love. Resist the natural flow around you. Live to enjoy the new life with Christ at your side. Your old life without Jesus is corrupt. Spiritual reality! To put off, to be renewed, to put on the new self. Past would be put off old self, put off old self and present would be to continue to renew your mind daily! As a child of God the first two should have been done, but renewal is a daily process to continue to repent daily as needed and Ask for forgiveness and keep asking for God to continue to assist in your growth and new ways in a new life! Continue to open your mind to God and what he has to say in our new lives and behaviors! To change these behaviors, we must ask God everyday, every moment, every minute to continue to allow Christ to lead you! Stop living according to the flesh! Renew! Daily! Our spiritual minds are powerful, what you think, what you tell yourself, your body and mind will believe. Open your thinking to The ways of God. Exposure to what is true for your mind, body and spirit to be aligned. Read, read, and more reading to ensure you’re being properly aligned by His word and His belief in you, through you. He believes in you and you should believe in yourself! Transform! 

We all struggle daily! You’re not alone! Don’t isolate yourself, find someone to be apart of your journey to change! 
Resist the old life and renew your mind! Open up for what God has in store for you! New life, new ways! Once you’re sealed with the Holy Spirit, you have a new life! The old is gone! The new is waiting to move forward! 
Old ways are old ways, don’t fall short and allow that to take you over…. you’ll always be a daughter / son of God! 

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

– ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:17-24‬‬

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

– ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬‬

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