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Drop Your Buffs

Drop Your Buffs
Come Meet Your New Tribe

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NKJV)

Have you every participated in a team sport where the team wasn't all that good?  You play, but you don't seem to ever win.  It isn't that you aren't trying or that you don't care, it just seems to not work out well and defeat seems inevitable.  Well if you have experienced this and if you were fortunate enough to get on a winning team after that, and experience the thrill of victory, then I am equally sure you realized how much of a blessing it is to be on the winning side.

It makes me think of the television show Survivor.  They select contestants and then divide them into two teams by various processes, and each team is given a buff to wear; identifying them with their respective team.  Every three days they compete in a challenge resulting in one contestant from the losing team being voted out and eliminated.   As the teams begin to dwindle they at some point merge the two teams into one.  The host will call them all together to meet and he will say, "Drop your buffs."  Your identity is no longer in your old team, you are now a new team.

When you think about it, it is the same thing God does for us once we have asked for forgiveness and professed Jesus as Lord and Savior.  He says, "Drop your buffs, your identity is no longer in your past, you are part of My team now; your identity is in my Son 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)

You know the people on the show don't always accept their new identity, and in fact, there are some who actually fight it.  Oh, sure, they will smile at their new family team members and tell them I'm so happy to be a part of a new tribe, all the while they are thinking about the past.  Some cannot shake their natural propensity in the flesh to do the things they use to do, and they will begin to do them all over again.  Others will remember the hurtful things that people have done to them and they will choose not to forgive or to show mercy even though they have been forgiven.  It's as if they are continuing to live by their old identity rather than starting over with a new beginning.  

 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

I see the same thing with new believers and even old ones.  They have continued to go back to that old identity they used to be known for -they won't let the past be the past.  Some will put on the new happy face only to have a bitter resentment for things that have happened to them in the past.  They choose not to forgive others, or to show mercy, but instead they will demand justice.  Some will simply choose not to embrace the fact they are a new Creation in Christ Jesus - they don't have to do things the way they used to do them anymore; they are free to live differently and embrace their new identity.

The way I see it, we have a choice every day we wake up.  We can either choose to do what we feel like doing, or we can do what is right by God - those things that please and honor Him.  We need to make the proper choice before we face the temptation to do otherwise.  We need to get up each morning and remember we've dropped our old buff, we're not a part of Satan's losing team anymore.  We need to put off those old ways of doing things

...that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to make a concerted effort to remember what team you have been chosen to be a part of.  There are many who have not yet accepted their invitation to be a part of the team and they are in the process of deciding.  They are looking to see if this team will really embrace them as a part of a new start, or if they will be looked upon as the enemy still.   

Let's look for someone to join the team today and ask God to guide us in our actions and heart.  It can make the difference of them being a survivor or not.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about being on our new team with God according to Ephesians 4:22-24?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you putting off those evil attributes of your former team?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord daily each morning and ask for His protective armor to be placed on you (Eph. 6:12-18), and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).  Make a conscious commitment to walk in obedience to God's Word, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).

Father, thank You for bringing me over to Your new team and for giving me a new buff - one red with the blood of Christ.  Help me to share Your love with others today.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me to do all that You have planned for me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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