“Renewed in the spirit of your mind”
The 4th chapter of Ephesians is a teaching chapter. It goes deeply into how we ought to live our lives patterning how we live to be more like Christ Himself. I am consumed this morning by the 22-24th verses. In them it says: “Strip yourselves of your former nature which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; and be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind. and put on the new nature created in God’s image in true righteousness and holiness.”
Stripping myself is a strong command. I have recently been introduced to my own lusts and desires separate of the abuse I had from the lusts and desires of my brother coupled with dad’s abusive physical and verbal behaviors. God has shown me their behaviors were theirs and now He is showing me my own. Today He gives me this command–Strip myself of the former nature. There is a footnote in my bible which says that stripping myself is the renewing of my mind by being in God’s Word each day. Taking time each day to be in God’s Word is a discipline I have, but the direct command of stripping myself is a new concept or at least I am finally much clearer in its meaning. Releasing the old thoughts, beliefs from my past so I can now begin to believe the truths of God’s Word for me is what I am to do.
I couldn’t even finish this chapter this morning. I had to stop at this point so God could walk me through the significance of it. I love how thorough God is in remaking us to be more like His Son. How I love our Heavenly DAD!