100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 35
You Are Clothed With Christ (Romans 13:14)
“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness… Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealously” (Romans 13:12-13).
And what exactly do you put on? The armor of light.
Your walking out faith requires you to put off the old and put on the new. The old self, according to Ephesians 4, “is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.” So Paul writes that there should be no more lying, acting out in anger, stealing, crude joking, ignoring the Holy Spirit, bitterness, rage, brawling and slander (See Ephesians 4:22- 31).
When you choose to depart from the old, God begins a work that involves the renewing of your mind. Understanding you are not who you used to be, you realize “the clothes” you once wore are no longer a suitable fit. You “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).
Child of God, because you are clothed with Christ, you are gloriously arrayed! You “have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator… Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:10, 12-14).
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Say to yourself, “I have been given fullness in Christ (Colossians 2:10), and I am clothed with Christ.” Identify an attitude or behavior that you put off but continue to struggle with weakness in that area. For ten days, keep a written record of progress you make as you face each day with the knowledge that you are clothed with Christ.