Ephesians 4:22-24 - The New Life in Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-24: The New Life in Christ.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV) You were taught, with regard to your 
former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted 
by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your 
minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true 
righteousness and holiness. 

Ephesians 4:22-24 (CWR) Take off the old self with its previous 
conduct, which continues to degenerate into corruption and deceitful 
lusts. 23 Renew your hearts each day by committing yourself to Christ. 
Determine to live totally for Him. 24 This is what it means to be a new 
person in Christ, recreated to be like God, who is truly good and 


   I love being around positive people. You know, the ones who 
genuinely seem to care and show an interest in me and my day. They have 
this optimistic quality, this calm attitude, that draws me to them 
and makes me want to be the same way. 
   You can't deny the power that someone else's genuinely 
positive attitude can have on you. It can be a coworker, family member, 
friend from church, or even a stranger, but if they exude joy and 
confidence, it's contagious. 
   On the other hand, it can be really frustrating when we're 
struggling through a hard day. If only we had a switch to flip that would 
change our altitude instantly. While it's not usually that quick and 
simple, we can still train our minds to filter our thoughts through 
God's truth. When we focus on God's character and the power of his 
Word, we directly influence our attitude and subsequently our 
   Scientists tell us it takes twenty minutes for our brains to 
receive the message from our stomachs that we're full. Similarly, it may 
take a little while between the digestion of truth in our hearts and 
a sense of satisfaction reflected in our daily attitude. But it 
   Today God, draw my attention to the power of your timeless 
truth. Allow me to develop an attitude of grace and hope based on the 
promises of your Word. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 


   Every time we have a thought, our brains release chemicals. 
When we have a sad, angry, anxious, hopeless, or helpless thought, 
our brains release chemicals that make us feel awful. Dr. Daniel 
Amen says negative thoughts make our hands colder, our muscle more 
tense, our breathing shallower, and our brainwaves disorganized.  
   When we have a happy, hopeful, encouraging, loving, or 
connected thought, our brains release a completely different set of 
chemicals. Our hands get warmer and drier, our muscles become more relaxed, 
and our breathing becomes slower and deeper.  
   Suppressing automatic negative thoughts doesn't work. 
Instead, we need to notice them, put words to them, and replace them with 
God's truth, such as a verse like Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I 
am with you... I will strengthen you and help you."  
   Pay attention to the thoughts that go through your mind. Are 
negative or positive ones common? How do they affect you?  
Refocusing your thoughts with truth will refresh your body and 
your soul. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 

   Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must 
learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change 
the way we think. 
   Weve talked about this before: The battle for sin starts 
in your mind, not in your behavior. The way you think determines 
the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. 
If you want to change the way you act, you start by changing the 
way you think. In addition, if you want to change the way you feel, 
you must start with the way you think. 
   Think " Feel " Act
   For instance, I could say, I need to love my kids more, 
but that isnt going to work. Or someone could say, I need to 
love my spouse more, but that isnt going to work. You cant 
fight your way into a feeling. You must change the way you think about 
your kids, about your husband, about your wife, and that will change 
the way you feel, which will then change the way you act. The Bible 
says, Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes 
(Ephesians 4:23 NLT). 
   Let me sum it up this way: You are not what you think you 
are; rather, what you think, you are (Proverbs 23:7). The battle for 
sin, the battle to deal with those defects in your life that you 
dont like, starts in your mind. If you want to change anything in 
your behavior or anything in your emotions, you start with your 
thoughts and your attitude. 
   The renewal of your mind is related to the word repentance. I 
know repentance is a dirty word for a lot of people. They think it 
means something bad, something you dont really want to do, 
something painful. They think of a guy standing on a street corner with a 
sign that says, Repent! The worlds about to end! 
   Repentance has nothing to do with your behavior. It is about 
changing your mind, learning to think differently. Repent simply 
means to make a mental U-turn. Its something you do in your mind, 
not with your behavior. Changing the way you think will then affect 
your emotions and your behavior. 
   When I repent, I make a mental U-turn. I turn from guilt to 
forgiveness. I turn from purposelessness to purpose in life. I turn from no 
hope to new hope. I turn from frustration to freedom. I turn from 
darkness to light. I turn from hell to heaven. I turn from hatred to 
   I also change the way that I think about God. Hes not mad 
at me. Im deeply flawed, but Im deeply loved. 
   I change the way I think about others, I change the way I 
think about my kids, and I change the way I think about my wife. I 
change the way I think about the world, I change the way I think about 
the economy, and I change the way I think about my past, my present, 
and my future. 
   So being renewed in your mind means more than changing the 
way you think about God and Jesus; it also means you change the way 
you think about your own defects. The Bible tells us, You must 
have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:5). 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   I am making you new in the attitude of your mind. Living 
close to Me is all about newness and change. I am transforming you by 
the entire renewal of your mind. This is a massive undertaking; you 
will be under construction till the day you die. However, unlike the 
inanimate materials that builders use to construct houses, you are living, 
breathing "material." I have given you the amazing ability to think things 
out and make important choices. I want you to use this godlike 
ability to cooperate with Me as I transform you. This involves putting 
off your old self - your old way of thinking and doing things - and 
putting on the new self.  
   To make good, godly choices, you need to know Me as I truly 
am. Search for Me in My Word; ask My Spirit to illuminate it - 
shining His Light so that Scripture comes alive to you. The more you 
choose to live according to My will, the more you will become like Me, 
and the more you can enjoy walking in the Light of My Presence. 
(Eph. 4:22-24; 2Co. 5:17; Rom. 12:2; Psa. 89:15) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 





Most Important Decision in Life: 

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Importance of Choice: 
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Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE

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