Transforming Into the NEW YOU

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Each day we choose to live by the flesh or live by the Spirit. Choose the Spirit and work on becoming more like Christ in all that you think, do, and say.

~ Lisa Blair

This is the Application Season. Repeat, ‘I am applying the Word of God to my daily life until it becomes the first thought each morning and subsequently, throughout the day.’

Paul, God’s predominant ambassador, and author of much of the Bible focuses our attention on being saved, receiving God’s salvation and directs us to becoming ‘new’. He instructs us to become more like Christ in every action we take. We have been redeemed and our sins have been forgiven, but this is not a pass, it is the key that opens the door to becoming whole, to live a life like Christ. It provides a spirit consciousness of hope.

When we were baptized into Christ, we put on Christ. Christ is all around us and in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us ‘on the regular’. It’s the Holy Spirit that speaks to us – beware, do not speak thoughtlessly, do not fall to the woes of this world as you walk the path of your destiny God has designed for you. Do treat you neighbors as you want to be treated, do love those who hate you, do what you can for the poor in spirit and economy. Allow the love of Christ to flow through you.

Become someone who is admired for following Christ. You know that person, the one everyone says, ‘there is something different about (name)’. People sense a peace when they are around (name). (Name) changes the atmosphere when they are present. Doesn’t that sound like Christ? Well, since He lives in us, and through us, we can emanate his love through us. People can recognize the difference, but may not recognize what the difference is. This of course is an opportunity to share who Christ is and how He lives in you when asked what makes you different.

So today, let’s look at what we are replacing to become more like Christ. The last post highlighted the replacement items. Today let’s look more closely.

Preface

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will reap. For he who sows of the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows of the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life…Do not grow weary of doing good for in due season you shall reap what you have sown. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all. (Galatians 6:7,9,10)

Main Point

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles (nonbelievers) do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:17-32, NIV)

When we grow in Christ we are growing in holiness, righteousness, and justice. We no longer are bound by our carnal nature, the flesh where our appetite is satisfied and fulfilled by: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21, NIV)

Instead, always look to Christ for guidance. Walk by the Spirit. Allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit. As you make this exchange from living through the flesh to living through the Spirit, you will see your life change, you will no longer be a slave to your fleshly desires, yes you will be tempted, but you will possess the strength to overcome. And, should you sin, you have the freedom to repent and start anew. Isn’t God awesome. He know we are on the path and are conflicted by our humanness, but has provided the way and means to overcome and become more like His son, Christ to empower us to be overcomers.

What is the exchange? We are instructed to employ the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25, NIV)

Resources: Biblegateway.com; Bible.org, 8. Virtues Leading to Christlikeness. 3/1/2021

Images: Good Morning Gifs, TENOR; LAB Photos

Everything is New

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Wake up. Each morning is new, each moment is new, each breath is new. The Lord said, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” Isaiah 43:19 NKJV. When we follow His Word, we can do the same.

~ Lisa Blair

Everything is New. Applying God’s Word to our daily activities introduces Christ into our lives.

The Bible is our manual that should guide our lives. Our purpose is to become more like Christ. How do we emulate Christ? We practice instilling His values into our actions. We must apply what we learn through scripture and the archetypes, people, in the Bible to our reactions to the activities in our daily lives, those things we think and act on.

APPLICATION—APPLICATION—APPLICATION

The way we communicate with God differs for us all. The one way that is constant is that He speaks through scripture. While in prayer the other day, the Lord reminded me of His command, do not turn to the left or right, listen to my quiet voice (Your ears shall hear a Word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21 MEV). To add context, I way praying about this blog and how to reach more people. His quiet voice said, I needed to focus on how to apply His Word to our daily lives, hence the shift to THE APPLICATION SEASON. There is a time for every season, and this season is an application season.

Each day is new, we awaken from our sleep revitalized. During our sleep our cells regenerate, thus each day we are renewed. Each day is new as well. Nothing is as it was the day before, if it was, life would have no purpose. Scripture declares, each morning we are given new mercies. God gifts us each day with His mercy, we are refreshed to undertake the day to express Him in everything we do throughout the day.

God says announce what we want in prayer. Smile in the face of adversity, remain humble and at peace, even when anger tries to surface remain steadfast and ask yourself, how would Christ respond, would He respond in anger or love? Abolish limiting thoughts from your mind. Leave behind the thoughts and actions of yesterday, they spoke to the needs of that day. Each new day introduces different needs that are not the same and require new thinking. Cast those thoughts as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and strive to animate your new and best self to align with the Word of God.

This means, we must regenerate our thinking to align with God’s thinking. We must see each day as new. Each day is an opportunity to change some aspect of our life. Circumstances may prevail that we did not create, but within that context, we can change the little things, or maybe the big things, beginning with the way we think, the way we act, and the way we respond to the circumstances in our life.

You say, ‘this is easier said than done’. I say, ‘we (all) must begin somewhere, at sometime in our lives, and the best time to begin is each new day’. Why? The fact is that each day is 24 hours in duration and the new day begins at the close of the last day, hence, each day is new.

As we study the Bible, we create an inventory of what the scriptures in the Bible are saying to us, as well as forming our lexicons with God, which is done through prayer. He directs us through scriptures, conversations with others [God often uses people to convey His expectations of us], something through what we have seen or heard. To begin to realign our thinking we have to address how we begin our day, after morning prayers, recite the mantra – ‘each God given day is new’, and in recognizing this fact you will begin to respond to things in alignment with the Word of God. We cannot allow pain (physical, spiritual, or emotional) or sorrow to cloud our thinking. We cannot allow pain or sorrow to morph into anger, jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. We cannot allow our struggles to blind us to the truth that God, and only God, is the giver of life. This is our season of application. This is our season of change.

So, this (new day) is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it, our conditions in life will not last forever, but a new day will always present a new day and a new opportunity to address the day differently.

Definitions

New Mercies – The dawning of every new day could be seen as a symbol of God’s light breaking through the darkness of His mercy overcoming our troubles. Every morning demonstrates God’s grace, a new beginning in which gloom must flee. We need to look no further than the breath in our lungs, the sun that shines upon us, or the rain that falls to nourish the soil. The mercies of God continue to come to us via a multitude of manifestations…there is no exportation date on God’s mercy toward us. His mercies are new every morning in that they are perpetual and always available to those in need. (What does it mean that God’s mercies are new every morning? (got questions.org. 2/28/2021)

Regeneration — to regenerate (according to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary) means new birth, and stresses new birth as the inception of a new state of things in contrast to the old. Pp. 517.

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(#1) My everyday God.com; (#2) LAB Photos; (#3,#4) Saddleback Church.com