On Christmas Day, many of us received gifts—new clothes, new body lotions, and new make-up. Yeeeahhh. We’re excited about them and have probably already put them on once or twice. The fabric is fresh; the scents are strong; the makeup is vibrant.
The Bible says that above every gift we received on Christmas Day, He gave us His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The life we have in Him is eternal life—NEW LIFE.
Many of us have yet to receive this gift. Some of us have received Him but do not yet know what we have in Him. We have not experienced Him, put Him on, or walked in Him. We do not know the Living Water that is always fresh, the Holy Spirit who is always strong, the Word of God who is always vibrant. We do not know that we can fill ourselves with new wine, oil every single moment we decide to live and move and have our being in Him.
We do know that 2018 is already gone. It’s old. It has died. We are appreciative for the lessons we’ve learned and the struggles we’ve gone through last year. Let us thank God that we are still here today.
2019 is here. It is new. It is living. We are grateful for the opportunities of growth the Lord is giving us in all areas of our lives. Let us thank God for His provision of this day.
So, now that we are in 2019, let us put off any old ways of living and put on the new self which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
Literally, put off all of these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. These sins come from the insides of our hearts. So if we want to put them off, we must submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He can be Lord over our hearts. He can rule and reign over us. By His Spirit through His Word, He can sanctify us; cleanse us and make us new in Him! If you struggle to put these off, be honest with God and cry out to Him. He is faithful to help you in your time of need.
Now, put on the new by clothing yourselves with tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering (Colossians 3:12). This good fruit also comes from within, the inside of our hearts. For those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and our Savior, we can put on the new person God is making us to be in Him. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can embrace His call to be set apart and produce good fruit here.
Fresh, strong, and vibrant is the Spirit of God. He refreshes us and washes us with Living Water by His Word. So when we put on the new clothes, new body lotions, and new make-up we got for Christmas last year, we can remember to embrace the new life that we have in Jesus Christ. It is eternal, hopeful, faithful, pure, and generous. He pours into us over and over again, as we decide to breathe in and taste that He is GOOD!
So, let’s decide to intentionally put off our sinful life. Ask God to help you to be an overcomer in Jesus Christ this year, walking in the victory He gives us through the blood of His Son, shed on the cross. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). We are new women—women of God—women of holiness—women of forgiveness—women of faith—women of hope—women of love, only by God’s grace. We are NOT perfect. Actually, we are weak but, in our weakness, His power is made strong.
He is sufficient.
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Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:10-14).
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3).
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection (Colossians 3:14).
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).