NEW YEAR 2017!
"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved." (Matthew 9:16-17)
"Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthians 5:6-8)
Many people in the church struggle with this. It is as if they are trying to patch themselves with a little Jesus here and a little Holy Spirit there, and they find themselves getting pulled too many different ways until they become undone. You cannot try to hold onto your flesh nature and worldly ways while following after Jesus. You will only be tormented in your mind and, eventually, demonized. Go all in with Christ, and do not be lukewarm. Clothe yourself in an entirely new garment of holiness, godliness, and righteousness. Be a new lump!
"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him..." (Colossians 3:9-10)
"...He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:15-17)
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Romans 6:6)
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:38)
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11)
"...Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man; which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." (Ephesians 4:22-24)
"...Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent..." (Matthew 27:51)
Many people also struggle with this. They do not behave as if that veil between God and man was rent. It is as if they hold the torn veil together before their faces in a sense of shame and unworthiness. They fear to ask the Father for anything and will often go to others to pray for them. They do not recognize the reconciliation of Christ for themselves and that it is the same Holy Spirit that dwells in each of us who has received Him. They do not comprehend the privilege of authority and power that the Lord has bestowed upon us. Each of us were unworthy sinners, but the blood of Jesus has cleansed and renewed us. This is why we can go boldly into the throne room and still bow humbly before Him, confident in His goodness. It is never our own goodness, but His goodness...and His goodness within us.