Well. it is June again and while weddings, graduations and Father’s Day are upon us I decided to use, Something for each, to offer you a little something each day. You know the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and don’t forget the sixpence in her shoe. It is an old Victorian wedding poem, the bride leaves her old life for a new one, and is wished blessings and prosperity. We will cover all these and more.
As believers, we are to leave our old lives for a new one in Jesus, the bride is figurative and Jesus is the bridegroom. God has fatherly strength and motherly love, why He created men and women, and instituted marriage. We know the church includes men and women, and is an illustration or His love for both, He does not approve of just any lifestyle.
So, let’s read about our old selves and see what the Word says.
Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him—in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus, to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires ,to be renewed in the spirit of your minds. Ephesians 4:21-23
How often have we heard this but have we actually put off all the old self? If you are like me, there are times when something old creeps back up. My desires were not so much a problem, but there were the attacks of fear, I overcame knowing it was not God. Jesus took that too, I believe on the cross, so excessive fear, not normal precaution, is a lie from the enemy.
There were the over run and overwrought days. That was certainly not resting and putting off the old. There are some things that we like to keep, such as old jewelry, family photographs and sentimental items, but these are not the old we are talking about here. Not antiques or heirlooms, Jesus also breaks generational curses.
Were you always angry or bitter? Given to telling lies, even a white one? Gossip? What ever the old ways were, they have to be pruned and purged by the Spirit as we become believers and grow in grace. And while we are at we can put away childish things too, and become mature. Lose the ” me too ” or ” all mine ” and ” I, I , I ” attitudes, though some gifts from God are probably yours alone, He gets the glory, always.
Here are some other verses on the old self.
We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:6
The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices. Colossians 3:9
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 1 Peter 1:14
And something new?