Leaving the Old Man Behind: A Path to Spiritual Renewal
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Devotional by J.Pierce
"Heavenly Yahweh, as we explore the depths of transformation in You, guide us to understand and embrace the renewal You offer. Help us to leave behind our old ways and step into the new life You have prepared for us in Yeshua. Amen."
In our journey with Yeshua, one of the most profound changes we encounter is the shedding of our old self – the 'old man' marked by sin and separation from Yahweh. This devotional delves into what it means to leave behind the old man and walk a path of spiritual renewal.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV): "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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like Yahweh in true righteousness and holiness."
Imagine a person who once lived a life driven by selfish desires and harmful habits. Despite achieving worldly success, they feel a deep sense of emptiness. One day, they encounter the transformative love of Yeshua, leading them to question their old way of life. As they begin to embrace Yahweh’s teachings, they notice a change – not just in their actions, but in their thoughts and heart's desires. This is the journey of shedding the old man, a path filled with challenges but also profound peace and fulfillment in Yeshua.
Reflection & Application:
The transformation from the old self to the new self is not merely a change in behavior but a deep, internal renewal. It begins in the mind and heart, driven by a relationship with Yeshua. As we align our thoughts and desires with His, we start to reflect His righteousness and holiness in our actions.
Practical Steps or Challenge:
Daily Reflection: Each day, spend time reflecting on areas of your life where the old self still has a hold. Pray for Yahweh's guidance to overcome these areas.
Scripture Meditation: Meditate on Ephesians 4:22-24. Allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and transform your thinking.
Accountability and Fellowship: Share your journey with a trusted frien
"Lord Yahweh, thank You for the gift of transformation in Yeshua. Empower us to leave behind our old selves and embrace the new life You offer, one filled with Your righteousness and holiness. In Yeshua's name, Amen."
Consider studying Romans 6 and Colossians 3 for a deeper understanding of the Christian's transformation from the old self to the new self in Yeshua.
Leaving the old man behind is a journey of ongoing transformation. As we daily surrender to Yeshua and allow His Spirit to work within us, we find ourselves walking a path of spiritual renewal, growing ever closer to the image of our Creator.