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To be reborn is to give up the old life and old ways of doing things and dress yourself in the new gift of life and new righteous ways of living. Dressing yourself in the new life is true success because it is the harder way to live in this fallen world. Life can be called many things but to me it is a battle so I put on the armor of God everyday so that I become like a peaceful warrior unless called to be a little more rowdy.
” 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 (NIV)
There are three things that you should do:
- Believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it. “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” Philippians 1:6
- Keep a notebook of lessons learned. “It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.” Hebrews 2:1 (MSG) “Practice spiritual disciplines. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress.” 1 Timothy 4:15 (GWT)
- Be patient with God and with yourself. (This is the toughest one) “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed.” James 1:4 (MSG)“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow,[a] do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)
Dress for Success in a new life of Christ and you will be blessed.