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Stop Listening To The "Old Man"

Stop Listening To The "Old Man"
Walking in Our New Nature

Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV)

It should give us great peace to know that we have been forgiven of our sins - past, present, and future.  Jesus' shed blood on the Cross of Calvary was the propitiation for God's righteous judgment and it was responsible for our redemption.  Once we have confessed with our mouth and believed in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord then we are cleansed of our wrongdoing, and we are now "New Creations" in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Q:    So why do we not feel so "New" at times?
Q:    Why are we still tempted to sin?

A:    Because even though we are a "New man" were still living in the "Old man's" body.

What is important to remember, is that we are not to choose our actions based on our feelings, but by what we "Know" to be true and righteous according to the Bible.  Feelings can be good indicators, but they can just as easy lead us astray.  That is why we must ultimately go by what the Word of God says, and not a "Daytime talk show Dr." or any other person who would give conflicting advice.

Another problem that we need to be cognizant of is that of "Sin."  Sin is something that masks itself in many ways - it's a part of every human's life.  We must realize though that it will eventually stop in every Christian.  This happens when we see Jesus face-to-face and we receive our glorified bodies.

Q:    So how do we deal with it in the meantime?
A:    We can see the answer in Romans 6:11-14

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:11-14 (NKJV)

The problem in our life is that we don't seem to believe that we are "New Creations" because we don't see an overnight change immediately.  We live in a time where most everything is instant and as a result, we have taught ourselves to be impatient.  But we must realize that God is transforming us one day at a time, and He is faithful to finish what He started (See Phil 1:6). 

If we truly believe what God has told us, then we would realize that our "Old man" (Slave to sin) is "Dead!"  We don't have to live in the bondage of sin any longer.  We just need to walk in "Newness of life," and live according to our "New nature," which is that of Jesus Christ.  It is He who lives in us now, and we can just as easily do what He would do in any given situation if we purpose in our heart to do it, and seek the power of the Holy Spirit - now walk in faith.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, hear me in this.  Don't just binge and purge when it comes to sinning and confessing - it is demoralizing and it kills our hope.  We need to confess, "Repent" (Turn around and go in the other direction - that means do it God's way now).  Now then simply walk in the Spirit (That means let the Holy Spirit guide you, and empower you to do the right thing). 

We will "Always" be tempted in our flesh until we leave this earth - that is because the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish (See Gal. 5:17). So we must choose which one we will walk in - will it be the flesh, or will it be the Spirit?

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

Let's make a choice to walk in the Spirit today - Let's stop listening to the "Old Man."

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to reckon the "Old man" dead, and start walking in the Spirit?

APPLICATION: Make a commitment today to walk in your new nature, which is Jesus.  Make a commitment to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  Get rid of anything that goes against His Word.

Father, Thank You for making me a "New creation" in Christ Jesus.  Thank You for giving me a "New nature."  Help me to remember this nature when Satan tempts me to think that I am still the "Old man."  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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