Christian Walk (Old Man – New Man)

Christian Walk (Old Man – New Man)

 

Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV) ~ But that is not the way you learned Christ! – assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

As a believer, as a Christian, as a Child of God, as an heir/join heir with Christ, we are to WALK IN CHRIST. We are not to walk as other men walk. The reason is clearly stated – believers do no learn a sinful life from Christ. Christ did not live a sinful life.

 

If we WALK IN CHRIST, LEARN FROM CHRIST, LIFE LIKE CHRIST, HEAR FROM CHRIST, then we WALK, LEARN, and HEAR the TRUTH!

 

Let’s look at this passage of scripture one more time. This time, we are going to look at other verses that tie into this one.

 

Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV) ~ But that is not the way you (1) learned Christ! – assuming that (2) you have heard about him and (3) were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to (4-7) put off (8) your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through (9) deceitful desires, and (10) to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, (11) created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

  1. Matthew 11:29 (ESV) ~ Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  2. Ephesians 1:13 (ESV) ~ In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
  3. Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV) ~ Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
  4. Colossians 3:8 (ESV) ~ But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
  5. Hebrews 12:1 (ESV) ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
  6. James 1:21 (ESV) ~ Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
  7. 1 Peter 2:1 (ESV) ~ So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
  8. Colossians 3:9 (ESV) ~ Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
  9. Hebrews 3:13 (ESV) ~ But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  10. Romans 12:2 (ESV) ~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  11. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) ~ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


The Greatness of God

The Greatness of God

       

Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV) ~ Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

God’s people are set free through the proclamation of His greatness. We see in verses 12-31, Isaiah declares that God is greater than anything on earth or anything scattered throughout the universe. Seven comparisons are made. Let’s take a brief look at them.

 

  • The Lord is greater than the universe.
    • All the waters of the earth are nothing more than a drop of water in the palm of God’s hand
    • All the heavens – the stars, sun, moon, planets – measure no more than the width of God’s hand
    • The weight of the earth – it’s dust, mountains, hills – is known by the Lord and the Lord only
  • The Lord is greater than any counselor or teacher.
    • God’s knowledge, understanding, and justice are infinite. Therefore, He has no need for a counselor or advisor, since there is no being anywhere in the entire universe who can add to His knowledge, understanding, or spirit of justice.
    • He needs no counselor to advise or instruct Him about what to do (v.13).
    • He needs no one to enlighten Him or to teach Him the path of justice or to show Him what to do (v.14).
    • He needs no one to impart knowledge or understanding to Him.
  • The Lord is greater than all the nations of the earth in all their power and glory.
    • The power and glory of all nations throughout history are nothing more than a drop of water in a bucket or a piece of dust on a set of scales (v.15).
    • Nothing among the nations could ever be offered to God that would be worthy of His glory.
  • The Lord is greater than all the images and false gods of this world.
    • No idol or false god can even be compared to the Lord. Comparisons are ridiculous.
    • Idols and false gods are nothing more than man-made objects, the creation of people’s imagination.
  • The Lord is greater than all the people of the earth.
    • When the Lord sits enthroned above the earth, looking down upon the people, they appear as nothing more than grasshoppers in His sight.
    • The Lord is so great that He can stretch out the heavens that He created and spread them out like a tent in which He lives and demonstrates His presence and glory.
    • In comparison to the rulers and judges of this earth God is far greater. He alone judges the great, the powerful of this earth. If their works have been evil, He erases and makes their works useless.
    • Blasting them with the fury of His breath, the Lord causes the great and powerful to wither away like a plant or to be swept away like chaff by a whirlwind (vv.23-24).
  • The Lord is greater than any being in the entire universe.
    • No one else is great enough nor has the power to create such a vast universe.
    • Note that the Lord Himself is speaking. He challenges the reader: “Lift up your eyes and look at the heavens above and ask yourself: ‘who created all these?’”
  • The Lord is greater than any trial or temptation.
    • The Jews felt as if God were far away, unconcerned about their welfare or else unaware of their hardships. But the Lord knew, and His heart reached out in compassion to His people. Stirring Isaiah to encourage them, the Lord gave four assurances to His people:
      • He is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth (v.28). Thus He oversees the earth and knows everything that is happening. Because He is everlasting—no beginning and no end—He is able to oversee and control all events of human history.
      • He never faints or becomes weary in overseeing the earth and His people. Again, being everlasting, God is always available to help those who truly trust and obey Him.
      • He strengthens both the weary and the weak who trust Him (v.29).
      • He will renew the strength of all who wait on the Lord (vv.30-31). No matter their chronological age, the Lord will strengthen them with more energy and vigor than even young men have. Note this fact: the word wait does not mean sitting around doing nothing. Rather it means to hope in the Lord, praying and trusting the Lord to meet one’s need (Isa. 26:3-4; 30:15). Also, the word renew means to exchange, such as exchanging old clothes for new. The believer who truly places his hope in the Lord will renew his strength, exchange his weaknesses for the Lord’s strength (2 Cor. 12:9). The Lord will build up the believer, empower his spirit to soar above the trials and temptations that afflict him, to soar just like an eagle above the earth. A believer who truly hopes in the Lord will be strengthened so that he can run through the problems, hardships, trials, and temptations of life. And he will not grow weary. He will walk victoriously, triumphantly, and not faint (v.31).

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV) ~ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV) ~ For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


In the Beginning …

In the Beginning …

 

John 1:1-5 (ESV) ~ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

The most powerful Spirit on our planet is the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. The spirit of Pharaoh, Goliath, Jazebel, Absolom, Herod, sickness, depression, anger, jealousy, doubt, confusion, and more trying to undo the Work of the Lord. HOWEVER…

  • For every Pharaoh, there must be a Moses
  • For every Goliath, there must be a David
  • For every Nebuchadnezzar, there must be a Daniel
  • For every Jazebel, there must be an Elijah
  • For every devil, for every spirit that rises up against YOU, there is one that is mightier who lives within YOU!!!

 

Let’s look back at verses 4 & 5 of John chapter 1:

 

John 1:4-5 (ESV) ~ In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

  • Christ is the source of light. From the very beginning man was to know that life, to know God personally and intimately. The knowledge of the life of Christ was to be the light of men, the beam that was to give real life to man, both abundant and eternal life; infuse energy and motivation into men so that he might walk and live as they should.
  • From the very beginning, the life (Christ) was to be the light of man’s …
    • Quality of being
    • Essence of being
    • Power of being
    • Force of being
    • Energy of being
    • Principle of being
  • The life (Christ) was to be the light of man’s purpose, meaning and significance upon earth.

 

John 10:10 (ESV) ~ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

John 11:25 (ESV) ~ Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

 

  • Christ is the answer to darkness
    • Christ showed man the way God intended him to live
    • Christ showed man the truth of life, that is, the truth about God and man and the truth about the world of man
    • Christ showed man the life and the things to avoid that would cause him to stumble

 

John 12:46 (ESV) ~ I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

 

1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV) ~ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert