"Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the SPIRIT renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God - truly righteous and holy." Ephesians 4:22-24
I would love to focus on the keyword - deception.
We can be deceived into believing something that is not actually happening. For examples, I found myself sometimes misunderstood others...thinking others would have criticized, or disliked me but in fact, the truth is..others did not feel or even think that way at all....finally I came to realize I have been deceived by Satan's lie whispering in my ears...It could be from Satan or from my low self-esteem, bad self-image.
I have read several books on inner healing - helping us to discover the roots of all problems like depression, lacking sense of security, some specific cravings like lust and sex, etc....those can be found by our inner hurts and wounds....that view wasn't just mine but many professionals can identify and proven that it is true.
For me, deception is a dangerous thing.....it caused you to believe in some lies....and if you believed those things as the truth....it can cause you lots of disbelief, damage your relationship with others, increase of insecurity around you....that you can't even trust people around you...I have that experiences..and so...I wanted to focus on deception in that scripture....to see how IMPORTANT for us to RENEW our (thoughts) and (attitudes) with the WORDS OF GOD, we can renew our minds only by the words of God because His words are ALL TRUTH for us to go against the lies from Satan. Our minds, our thoughts might fill with lots of lies from Satan that has blinded us from the truth.....we need to come to the Words of God to get our clarification...to see if what we think, what we believe, what we feel is indeed from God. Or if we are really on the right track with God's words.....if we carefully observe the way we think and feel...we might have found many times we acted, we thought very differently from what God is actually seeing and thinking....
For example...my self-image...I used to dislike my appearance a lot, didn't think I could have looked myself into the mirror....oh why? Because I had a wrong perception of my own self.....I thought, I thought that God would have felt the same, that I was ugly, I could not find any reasons, but just that was how I felt God might think of me....I believed in that lies for many years......well many years...I could not face up to my true appearance, I avoided the mirror....just went into the toilet and come out super quick...and that's it....don't ask me why...I would not have a proper answer to tell you....I would have said....that's true I was ugly ....
And God has helped me to see clearly about how He sees me....that has to be the holy spirit moment that has touched my heart and from my unbelief of God's unconditional love to finally believe that I am loved by God, and He loves me unconditionally. That of course has been a long journey for me......God has been patiently with my self-hatred....and come to this point of my life...that I can say...I am loved by God, I am His daughter and He does loves me dearly.
After realizing that we have been deceived....we as the scripture suggested....we need to let the SPIRIT to renew our thoughts pattern....and attitudes....let the spirit to do its work of correction in us....then another action we need to take is that....we need to PUT ON the new nature that has already belonged to us...WE HAVE NEW NATURE IN US...for Christ lives in us...we are His temple......He lives in us......His good, righteous new nature is IN US......but if we do not PUT THAT ON....it will not take any effect on us....unless WE PUT THE NEW NATURE ON, just like we are putting on clothes each morning before work.....your clothes will NOT jump on you and get you prepared for work...it is US that we need to put that on ourselves.....know for sure we have His nature in us.....PUT THAT ON shall we?
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