Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Putting on the New You!"

“Putting on the New You!”


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.              Colossians 3:1-4


When a person comes to God for the SALVATION of their soul, they die to their old, wretched, sinful lifestyle and then are raised to a NEW, IMPROVED lifestyle.  And since this transformation is to take place over a period of time for growth and maturity, they have to do some things to help their “NEW YOU” develop into the NEW and IMPROVED person, that God wants them to be. 


First, they must set their heart on things above, the things that are eternal and NOT temporal.  They are to focus on the Spiritual things and NOT to let their focus be on the earthly, fleshly things that exemplify their OLD life.  They should diligently seek the heavenly aspects of life and LEAVE the earthly aspects behind.  Their minds should be SET on Christ and their lives should be centered around the glorified Christ, the one who died for them and set them FREE from the hold of the wretched, sinful, lifestyle, a lifestyle that would bring a doomed eternity  in Hell.


Even though, they have to deal with earthly things, because they live on the earth, they do NOT have to participate in the earthly lifestyle.  They may have to live IN the world, but they do NOT have to be OF the world. 


For their OLD life has died and their NEW life is now hidden with Christ in God.  For they are children of God, and what they will be has not yet been made known.   But they know that when Christ appears, they shall be like Him, for they shall see Him as He is.  (1John 3:2)   No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.  (1John 3:6)


The putting on of the NEW YOU, is the process of leaving the OLD YOU, behind and pressing toward the goal that God has set for you, His child.  When you come to God for the SALVATION of your soul, it must be done with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART, as the Scripture says:  “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.”  Becoming a child of God doesn’t mean that they won’t sin, but it is NOT a CONTINUAL habit that they participate in.  And a TRUE child of God, when they do sin, is convicted of that sin, by the Holy Spirit, which indwells them, and it is their responsibility to CONFESS that sin.


If you have not come to God for the SALVATION of your soul, then you are doomed to spend all eternity in the place of perpetual torment, torture, pain, misery, hatred, and despair.  And all because of your OLD, WRETCHED, SINFUL life.  However, you have the opportunity to change your destination NOW by; CONFESSING your sins to God, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and leave the OLD YOU behind and put on the NEW YOU, and have the HOPE of Heaven.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!



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