(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 God in true righteousness and holiness.
This morning was like most other mornings. I got up, ate breakfast, read the Bible, got dressed and drove to work. There was, however, something in the passage I read this morning that caused me to rethink the idea of getting dressed.
There is more to getting dressed than putting on the clothes we plan to wear for the day. There is a spiritual aspect to being well-dressed for the day as well. Every morning when we wake up, we are clothed with our old nature. We don’t want to go out into world clothed with the old nature, because of all of its sinful desires and motivations. So just as we wouldn’t go to work or school dressed in what we wear to bed, we mustn’t start our day until we change out of the old nature.
The first step in changing spiritual clothes is to renew our attitude. A good start is to spend a couple of minutes realigning ourselves with our Heavenly Father before ever getting out of bed. And then, before we begin working on the agenda for the day, spend some time reading and meditating on his written Word and letting it sink into our hearts and minds. Finally, it’s clear from this passage that putting on the new self is an act as deliberate as changing clothes in the morning. How do we do that? I think it’s as simple as a short prayer:
Lord, as a deliberate act of my will, I set aside my old nature with all of its sinfulness and ask you to clothe me in your righteousness and holiness. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to walk in step with Him today. Amen.
If we make it a habit to deliberately change our spiritual clothes in the morning, we’ll always leave the house dressed for success.
(Ephesians 1:19–20 NLT)
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
A black hole is an area of space that has such a high mass that even light can’t escape its gravitational pull. Some would say that there is no greater power in the universe than that displayed by a black hole. But what about the power required to bring the dead back to life?
If you’ve been to a funeral, it’s possible that you’ve seen what death is like. The body lying in the coffin had no pulse and no respiration. The person the body represented would never walk or talk again. No more feelings of joy or sadness; no more sensations of pleasure or pain. The body was totally, completely devoid of life and there was nothing anyone could do to change the state of the person laying there.
That’s the state Jesus was in when they took Him down from the cross and put Him in the tomb. He wasn’t in a swoon or a coma; He was dead. Yet three days later He walked out of there. God the Father allowed His Son to die so that he could bring Him back from the dead, and He makes the same power that He exerted to bring Jesus out of the tomb available to all who believe on His name.
So, what does this resurrection power mean for us? Think about your greatest fear. That which you fear is not stronger than the One who can raise the dead. What’s the biggest problem in your life at the present time? No problem is bigger than the One who can raise the dead. Are you in bondage to an addiction? The chains of addiction are no match for the One who can raise the dead. Has God given you an assignment that you feel you cannot accomplish? You don’t have to be able; He who can raise the dead can enable you. Whatever your situation, trust God to unleash His resurrection power in your life today.
Almighty Father God, we come to you today in our weakness asking you to release within us your resurrection power. Fill us, free us, enable us and embolden us, we pray in Jesus’ name.