Daily Archives: March 9, 2019

March 9 – Lenten Study Day 4

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with your life-giving Spirit…

Ephesians 4:17-24

Instructions for Christian Living

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 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.

SOAP Note

Change Your Clothes! | Kathy Page

Scripture

Ephesians 4:22-24

Observation

Putting on different clothes will change the way we think about ourselves, and putting on a different conduct will begin to change our very attitudes.  Paul tells us to put off, or strip away, our old filthy, sinful clothing (our old self). This describes repentance from sin and submission to God.  And then He tells us to put on the new clothes (our new self).  Jesus isn’t just added to our old life; that old life has died; Jesus has become our new life.  In Jesus the old self no longer exists as it had in the past; the new self is created in the very likeness of God, in true righteousness and  holiness.  Righteousness relates to our moral responsibility to our fellow man, while holiness refers to our responsibilities to God.

Application

I must remind myself daily that my very self is in the  likeness of God, it is the life of God, it is the very image of Jesus, it is His life in me.  I need to remember that my clothes have been changed by Jesus; His death on the cross and His resurrection have taken off from me the spotted garment of the flesh, and I am now clothed in His righteousness.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to remember everyday that I have put off the old self.  Help me to remember as I dress that I have died to sin, that spotted garment of the flesh has been removed from me by the blood of Jesus, and now, having died to sin, I live unto righteousness, my new clothes!  In Jesus’ Name.

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