Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT)
Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by list and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy...
*Do you really know what it means to put off your old nature? Have you tried to wrap your mind around letting go of ALL the things you learned in the world to now live and think the way God has always intended you to do so? People are often on unable to embrace betterment, be in God-ordained relationships, or fathom prosperity beyond the imagination because they are too busy remembering things the way they were in your secular life. These things that were prohibited, hurt you, stifled dreams, or were set up in a system meant to fail.
However, living for God is completely the opposite of those unnatural cycles. What is meant to be natural is having life more abundantly (John 10:10), and realize all the things God wants you to have and who He has destined you to be...You have an authentic self that was never meant to conform to the restraints of the world, or confine you only to what you have come to know and maybe even love. There is so much more to life in Christ. However, you have to be willing to put off the old man and embrace the fact that you can be a new creature in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). You also have to be accepting and grow to understand and embrace the regulations set in the Godly realm for you to prosper be it through the fruits of the spirit that we discussed yesterday (see Galatians 5:22-23). I don't know about you, but a mediocre lifestyle, confinements set by others, and restraints bc of circumstance is not what I desire to constantly adhere to...I'm ready to rise above what I have grown to know and tolerate, and embrace all possibilities and potentials. Are you?