Sunday, February 3, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
FATAL DISTRACTIONS: Off with the Old, On with the New
FOCAL PASSAGE: Ephesians 4:22-24
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.
WHEN THE BATTLE BEGINS
1. LIFE CHANGING SALVATION… II Corinthians 5:17
2. THE CONTINUOUS BATTLE… Romans 12:2
3. GOOD NEWS
Our goal is to become more like Jesus Christ. Understand this is an ongoing process.
OUR SPIRITUAL DISEASE
Our lives are lot like those lepers’ lives. We are diseased spiritually.
OFF WITH THE OLD
We must destroy the remnants of the old nature.
Paul doesn’t say, “Back off from this behavior.” He says, “Kill it. Destroy it. There is no room for this in our lives.”
ON WITH THE NEW
Jesus taught His disciples (and us) a very important lesson.
An empty house or life will not stay empty long. If not filled by the Spirit of God, it will be filled with something else.
LIVE IT OUT
Romans 13:14 says, “Rather, clothe yourselves
with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about
how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
>What old clothes do you need to take off today?
> Have you put on the clothes of salvation?
> You must do you part. Don’t just stand there and act like you have it all together! That’s pride, one of the seven deadly sins.