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As we draw to the close of another year, I like many, have been reflecting on the past year and making plans for the next. As I look back there are areas that I am pleased with and some places that I am not so much. Some areas where I regressed and still more that there have been improvements. I see room to grow. I see how I stunted my growth with bad habits. I see changes that need to be made. I see an opportunity to make a change, to be a new creature.

I read the scripture this morning in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Many times we liken this change from old to new at first salvation. There is a crisis moment, Jesus comes down, and a change is made. It is used to encourage someone that had experienced much sin and because of God’s grace, Jesus sacrifice, they no longer have to partake in the same activities.


But today, as I was reflecting on the new year, I saw it as an opportunity. Even as saints of God, we can become a new creature. If we aren’t satisfied with our service to God, our health, our habits, our attitudes, our outreach, our kindness, our relationships, our “fill in the blank”, we can make the change.

We can have a crisis moment in the middle of our salvation. Salvation isn’t stagnate,  it is an evolving status. We can draw closer to God. We can make better choices for our health. We can change our habits and attitudes. We can be more kind and loving. We can forgive. We can improve our relationships… We can change.

This year, starting today, I vow to myself and to God, changes will be made. I am not looking at an easy road ahead. I have some habits to break and new ones to make. I have some flesh to crucify. I am some time to give. I have some reaching out to do. I have some inconvenient love to show. I have some early nights to bed and some early mornings to rise. I have better eating choices to make. I have some physical activity to be endured. I have some better house keeping practices to instill. I have some listening to do. I have some purging of clutter. I have some better time management skills to work on. I have some ground to conquer. I have some victory to gain.

This isn’t just a New Year’s Resolution that is forgotten and unfulfilled, it is a promise. These are goals. I have written many down. And as more come to me, more changes that need to be made, I will write those down to. I am a work in progress, allowing God to mold and shape me into the person he wants me to be.

When God saves us, we undergo metamorphous becoming a new creature, putting aside the old man with its habits, thoughts, and behaviors and acquiring new habits, thoughts and behaviors that are more becoming a child of God. Ephesians 4 verses 17 through 32 itemize what needs to be replaced.


Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (After salvation we are to be different from what we once were and from those around us. We are to have control over our mind and thoughts. Those that walk in the “vanity of their minds” allow their mind and thoughts to go about unrestrained.)

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (A hard heart is the result of turning away from and ignoring the check or voice of God.)

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (When one is past feeling, they are past shame. Psalms 81:11-12 describes a people that refuse to hearken to the voice of God to the extent that he has turned them over to their selfish desires.)

Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ; (Christ was not our example in these actions. We didn’t learn how to behave this way from Jesus.)

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Conversation is also to say the way of life or how one carries themselves. In salvation we need to put off the conduct or way of life that we used to live, the old habits, ideas, and behaviors of the old man, to become a…)


Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (Begin to think about live from a new perspective, Isaiah 55:8-9 tell us that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours, it is with God’s eyes that we begin to view the world.)

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (When we are born, we are made in Adam’s image (Genesis 5:3), when man was first created and when we get saved, God makes us in his image (Genesis 1:27). We are completely different.)

Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (The new man considers others, not only putting them first but speaking always with an obligation to always present the truth and be clear in our communication instead of leaving choice details to be determined by the hearer causing confusion.)

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (It is ok to be angry, in fact we are going to be angry sometimes, but we can be so with out being carnal. When the new man becomes angry he is going to behave or react in a different manner than the old man would. By not letting the sun go down on our wrath, we are taking control over and care of the situation instead of the situation controlling us.)

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (When we put the previous two scriptures and those following to practice, we are taking opportunities for the devil to work away. We are more careful to watch what is said and done and are more quick to resolve a situation before it gets out of hand, opening the door for the devil to take advantage.)

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (The new man is a hard worker not willing to mooch off of others, giving and assisting those that are less fortunate. He doesn’t have an attitude of all take and no give.)

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (All that is said should be for the good offering encouragement, grace, strength, wisdom and not fluff or hurtful words.)

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (If we are not faithful in the things that we have learned or feel a warning from God and don’t head it we will grieve the Holy Spirit. While we can grieve the Holy Spirit and still be saved, if we continue to cause grief we can loose our soul.)

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (The attributes that need to be discarded along with the old man when we receive salvation.)

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (The characteristics that we need to acquire along with the new man that we become after salvation.) KJV

As Christian’s let’s be careful to put off ALL of the old man and add ALL of the new man, God does not accept hybrids.

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