Colossians 3:5 - Dying To Our Fallen Nature.
Colossians 3:5 " Dying To Our Fallen Nature.
Colossians 3:5 (NIV) Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs
to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:5 (NLT) So put to death the sinful, earthly things
lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity,
lust, and evil desires. Dont be greedy, for a greedy person is an
idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Colossians 3:5 (AMP) So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil
desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is
earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual
appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is
idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).
Colossians 3:5 (MSG) And that means killing off everything
connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust,
doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing
whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped by things and feelings
instead of by God.
When I turned my life over to Jesus Christ, I was told that a
big part of the process was for me to start putting to death my old,
earthly human nature. All I could think about was what a tall order that
would be. I wondered how I would ever get through it. The answer came
in an early morning Bible study I was attending with several other
One of the men, who doesn't speak up much, said, "If we're
going to put to death our old, earthly nature, we have to stop feeding
it." It took me a few minutes to digest this, but then I got it: we
stop feeding the old nature and start feeding the new nature. In both
my words and actions, I refrain from contact with sexual
immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed. Instead, I use my words
and actions to feed my new nature, consisting of compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and all that leads to
godliness. (Col. 3:12).
Mixing the two never works because the evil, dead nature
always contaminates the new, living nature. Take my word for it: we all
have to choose and then support that choice with our words and
Father, I could never live a life of godliness without your
Holy Spirit living in and through me. I surrender myself to you. Do
your good work in me. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker]
Change is always a choice. Nobody can force you or talk you
into change. You will not change until you decide you actually want
Yet change is also wholly dependent on God. We can't become
the flourishing, loving creatures we were made to be by sheer effort
alone. We choose to change, and God gives us the power to change. Then
gradually, over time, we do change, putting on the new self that God
envisioned for us before the world was created.
Do you know what the word transformation is in Greek? It's
the Greek word metamorphosis. Scientists use this word to describe
the way a tadpole - a creature that can live only in the water -
changes into a frog that can breathe on land. Putting on the new self is
as radical as growing lungs that can breathe the rich, clean air of
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way
you think. Let him give you the motivation to change.
God is ready to transform you into the image of your Creator.
[The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional re vs. 10]
We should consider ourselves dead and unresponsive to sexual
immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed. Just like diseased
limbs of a tree, these practices must be cut off before they destroy
us. We must make a conscious, daily decision to remove anything that
supports or feeds these desires and to rely on the Holy Spirit's power.
[Life Application SB]
When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His
heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His
mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His
life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle
that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between 2
"One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority and ego.
The other is God. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion,
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his
grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
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