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Verses 9-10: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”

Back in this current study, I used a story for the analogy I shared on Galatians 3:26-29 (you can look it up on the blog http://www.combingtheword.com ). It was the story of where I had to don old dirty clothes after taking a refreshing, cleansing shower (because, although I grabbed a clean towel, washrag, and underclothes, I forgot to grab a clean shirt and pants). You can re-read the whole story again at the blog link; just search for Galatians 3:26-29.

Regarding the verses above, think about it for a minute. You have put off the old man (your sinful ways) and put on the new man (life in Christ). Why would you want to go back? Growing up on the farm, we raised show hogs for 4-H one year. We’d wash them up, make them look real nice, take them to shows, and compete against other hog owners. Once we were done, and transported the hogs back home, where is the first place these nicely-cleaned, good-looking hogs want to go? You guessed it…right back in the mud hole of their pen. Why? Because they are still hogs.

Even though it is easy at times to slip into old habits, we are not the same when Christ enters our lives; we are changed. We should relish and truly enjoy our freedom in Christ to the point that we never want to crawl back in the mud hole of sin again.

Something to think about.

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Verse 27: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

On one of our Carpenters for Christ missions not too many years ago, we had some trouble with the showers where we were staying. Our host allowed some of us to use the local showers at the high school that day. After a hot day working, sweating all day long, we all eagerly and quickly grabbed shower stuff to hitch a ride on the truck going to the high school. Man, that hot shower felt good! (the problem with our showers where we were staying? Well, they had two temperatures: Arctic and Antarctic…oh, they were cold!)

Well, after the shower, I made a sad realization; although I took enough time to grab clean towels, clean washrag, and clean underwear, I forgot to grab a clean t-shirt and shorts! So, after the shower, I had to ride back to where we were staying in the same sweaty, stinky jeans and shirt I had peeled off earlier! Ugh, you can imagine how it felt to be clean and put on dirty clothes!

Yet, that’s what we do spiritually when we accept Christ and try to live in our old sinful ways. It’s akin to being baptized in Christ (the shower and His robes) and trying to put on our old self (the dirty clothes). The more we live for Christ and die to self, the more we reject trying to put on those old dirty clothes.

Make sure each day, you pray and ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and to try to live for Him and die to self. Best shower you’ll ever take!

Have a blessed day in Him!

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