Lay Aside Old WaysThe reason some Christians don’t feel the Lord’s peace and joy is that they are still living in their old worldly ways.Ephesians 4:17-24

Lay Aside Old Ways
The reason some Christians don’t feel the Lord’s peace and joy is that they are still living in their old worldly ways.
Ephesians 4:17-24

It seems that in a world of prosperity and abundance, there would be great contentment, yet the opposite is true. Why are so many people unhappy, anxious, and unsettled?

The main reason is that most of the world doesn’t know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, so they can’t have His peace and joy. But there are also Christians who are discontent because they’re wearing old “clothes” from their past. These garments might be emotions and attitudes left over from childhood, or it may be that these believers are trying to hold on to behaviors from their life before Christ.

The solution is to change into the new clothes that Jesus secured for us (Isa. 61:10). We are to lay aside old habits and thought patterns the way we would a filthy garment. This means we’re no longer to remind ourselves about the wrongs done to us by others. Nor are we to cherish sinful habits, continue worldly practices, or think the way we formerly did.

As new creations in Christ, we have no business wearing the dirty clothes of the flesh. Instead, we are to exercise our renewed mind and put on the new garments given to us by God. We will be satisfied only when we let go of the old and put on the new.

Relying on ChristInstead of focusing on our self-esteem, let’s rely on Jesus in our inadequacy.1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Relying on Christ
Instead of focusing on our self-esteem, let’s rely on Jesus in our inadequacy.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Our world emphatically proclaims the importance of self-esteem, which is a favorable impression of oneself. It’s not unusual to hear that an individual who values himself will accomplish much. Yet Scripture warns us not to think too highly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3). We should have far greater confidence in Christ than in ourselves.

Despite his impressive credentials (Phil. 3:4-5), Paul knew he was inadequate to complete the ministry God gave him. In fact, today’s passage says that when preaching the gospel to the Corinthians, he came in fear and trembling (1 Cor. 2:3). His message wasn’t delivered with self-confidence but in complete reliance upon the Spirit. And that’s exactly how we should live as well.

When we rely on God’s power instead of our own abilities, He produces supernatural boldness in us. Even in the midst of difficulty, we can live with confidence because the indwelling Spirit of the living God enables us to follow Him. He directs and strengthens us in every situation as we humble ourselves in dependence upon Him.

Are you facing situations that make you feel inadequate? Instead of shrinking back, consider them as opportunities to put your confidence in the Lord. You can trust the One who is your Creator, Redeemer, and Friend.

Good News For All

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.” – Luke 2:10 

Have you ever received good news on a day you least expected it? Wasn’t it the best feeling ever? That is probably what the humble shepherds felt that particular night when an angel of the Lord appeared, and the glory of the Lord shone down upon them while they were in their fields. In ancient Israel, shepherds were viewed as lowly in status and were generally considered “unclean” due to the nature of their work. Being a shepherd was a twenty-four-seven job that meant working on the sabbath day, and it drew the ire of legalistic Jews. But God did not invite the nobles or rulers to visit His Son born in a manger but the lowly shepherds in the fields! Jesus Christ’s mission was not only to save the righteous, religious, rich, or powerful, but He came to save all of us, including the poor, sick, weak, powerless, and sinners like


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Storm Protection

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11
In every life, the rain will come down and the streams will rise. That’s why, when we hear the Word of God, we need to listen as though our lives depend on it because they do. Our spiritual lives do.

Jesus, in His conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount, said, Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock(Matthew 7:24–25 NKJV).

In contrast to the wise man who built his house on the rock, Jesus made this statement about the people who don’t do this: Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall (verses 26–27 NKJV).

We’re in a spiritual battle, and we fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons. In fact, Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. So when the Devil comes with a temptation, we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit. Or when the Devil whispers in your ear, You’re not really a Christian. God hasn’t forgiven you,
we need to respond with the sword of the Spirit.

Memorize the Word of God. Use the Word of God. It will help you in times of temptation and in times of trial. As the psalmist wrote, Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). Know the Word of God

Life and Death in your Body

If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. (Romans‬ ‭8:10-14‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

When Paul said you must die if you love after the flesh, he was not referring to being sentenced to Hell—he was talking about physical death.

Sin in the flesh wants to produce the act of sin, and that sows seeds which eventually bears the mature fruit of physical death.

Sin shortens your lifespan because it causes destruction in your physical body and in your life.

On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is the one who gives life to your mortal body, which means He can lengthen your lifespan, give you overflowing health, youth, and strength in your body.

Believers who keep allowing their fleshly impulses to control them will experience much suffering and loss.

The only way to break this vicious cycle is through the power of the Holy Spirit. He alone can help you put to death the deeds of the body.

Allow the Spirit to lead you, and in doing so, you will experience life and have it more abundantly, which is God’s perfect will for you.

This is a primary way that life and death are released in your body:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.(Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

If you allow the flesh to control you, then the words you speak will be careless and full of death. What you keep saying eventually becomes what you experience.

Instead, allow the Holy Spirit to fill your mind, heart, and mouth with God’s words that are full of spirit and life. Pray in tongues daily and often. A child of God who is well-trained knows how to skillfully wield the power of life and death through his words. Harness this power and use it in your favor in Jesus’ name

The God Who Provides

if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.  – 2 Timothy 2:13

You don’t have to be a Christian for long before you see how incredibly faithful God is to us! However, it also seems like it doesn’t take long for us to forget the many ways He is faithful to us. It seems with each difficulty or need that arises panic sets in. We worry about where the money will come from, or how we can possibly get through each trial. God comes through in the end, but we can fall into a cycle, forgetting each time and letting worry and fear get the better of us. God shows His faithfulness even in this because He doesn’t abandon us in our time of need. We need to remember God has something better and more important for us – His peace! The next time a need arises, try to remember the faithfulness of God. Be confident in the knowledge that He will come through for you


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Bringing Our Needs to the FatherIf we pray like Jesus, we’ll prioritize God’s desires over our own.

Matthew 6:9-15

The first half of the Lord’s prayer focuses on God, but in the second part, Jesus addresses our need for daily provision, forgiveness, and protection. Notice His words remain centered on the Father, who provides all three.

Give us this day our daily bread. The Lord is the source of everything we need—physical, material, emotional, and spiritual (Phil. 4:19).  By asking Him to provide our basic necessities, we’re acknowledging our complete dependence upon Him and trusting in His sufficient provision for each day.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. This part of the prayer is meant to ensure that everything is right not only between us and our Father but also between us and other people. Since God forgave our sins, it is His will that we also forgive others.

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Our prayer is for the Lord to protect us from falling into temptation, and we instead honor Him by living righteously.

This entire prayer is focused on our heavenly Father. It teaches us to worship, submit, and depend fully on Him for needs of any kind.

Christ in You

The Apostle Paul preached the gospel as “CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27. There is actually a reason that his message was not simply “Jesus in you.” Although in reality both messages are the same, yet in making known the truth of the gospel these messages are very different. When speaking of Jesus, the apostles were generally referring to “Christ after the flesh” II Corinthians 5:16. This began with his virgin birth and continued all the way through his resurrection and ascension. While it is certain that Jesus is Christ, when the apostles spoke of Christ they were speaking of so much more than just the 33½ years of his walk on earth. Paul wrote, “though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more” II Corinthians 5:16.

The apostles preached the eternal nature of Christ. John begins the message of Christ with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3. Here, the eternal and divine nature of Christ is revealed as the one by whom all things were made. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not” John 1:10. Paul joins in the eternal description of Christ saying “…all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” Colossians 1:16-17. Peter gives us insight into the eternal nature of Christ telling us that “the Spirit of Christ” was in the prophets “when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” I Peter 1:11. It was this eternal Christ, who was with God and was God, who left his eternal glory and came to earth on a mission from heaven.

The clearest description in the scripture of what Christ’s mission was is found in the message delivered to Daniel by the angel Gabriel. He told Daniel that from the time a proclamation was given to rebuild and restore the fallen city of Jerusalem, there would be a period of 483 years (69 weeks of years) until “the Messiah the prince,” or “the Christ,” would appear. Daniel 9:25. During the next 7 years (1 week of years) that followed, Christ would be killed (“cut off”). Yet before these years expired, he would “…make an end of sins …make reconciliation for iniquity, and …bring in everlasting righteousness…” Daniel 9:24. This “mission” is why the eternal Christ came to earth “…made in the likeness of men” Philippians 2:7.

We know that Jesus Christ made “reconciliation for iniquity on the cross,” but that was only part of his mission! According to the prophecy, he also came “to make an end of sins” and “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” You can be sure that he did not fail in this heavenly mission. As a summary of all that Christ came to accomplish, John wrote, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” I John 3:8. After the serpent’s deception had succeeded in causing the fall of humanity into sin and darkness, God told the serpent that the “seed” of the woman “shall bruise thy head.” Genesis 3:15. Calvary was about God keeping that promise. Hanging upon the cross, Jesus let all eternity know that he, the Christ, had succeeded in all he had come to accomplish. With his last breath he cried, “It is finished,” John 19:30 for he had accomplished his mission upon earth!

If you look at the world after the cross, in that day or in our day, it appears that nothing changed. Sin still exists; the world is not reconciled to God; there are no signs of everlasting righteousness; and Satan’s work is seen on every hand. But this is where the “mystery” of Christ is revealed Colossians 1:26. It is a mystery that the prophets did not fully understand. The Jews certainly did not comprehend it. Even many in the church today deny it. Jesus’ mission was not to fulfill these things in the world, in the nations, or even in certain groups of people. He came to do it all “IN YOU!” His mission was that YOU would be reconciled to God! That an end of sin would be made IN YOU! That everlasting righteousness would reign IN YOU! That Satan’s works would be destroyed IN YOU! Christ’s mission was always to obtain absolute victory on the cross and manifest that victory IN YOU. He did not fail in his mission on the cross, and (if you will believe this gospel and trust in Christ) he will not fail IN YOU! The glory of the gospel is “CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY!”

God Bless,


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