you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;Ephesians 4:22(HCSB)
Becoming a Christian does not simply mean we changed our minds, but our entire citizenship and way of living. When we are born again, the Spirit makes us totally different beings with a new and beautiful focus. We were freed from the eternal slavery of a system that had corrupted us by means of deceitful lusts, and which promised unattainable joy. We are changed from being dead in sin to being made and alive in Christ. We are given into the glories of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
We were released from the bondage to sin and death, which was fed by gross deceitfulness and lustful living, and changed into a new-life of true righteousness and godly holiness.
When we become a Christian, we take off our former way of life and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are severed from our old, original, self-centred, Adamic-life which corrupts by deceitful desires of the flesh, into precious union with our Saviour into and sweet communion with our God.
When we become a Christian, our minds are no longer darkened by sin, our lives are no longer alienated from God, and our hearts are no longer hardened and polluted. That is because we took off our former way of life, which was corrupted by deceitful desires, and put on Christ.
Let us therefore live our lives unto Him, permitting the Holy Spirit of God renew the spirit of our minds, day by day.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been redeemed by faith in the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. I yield my life to You. I pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, You would teach me Your ways. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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