Day 9 – January 16, 2018
My dad had a nickname for me. He didn’t use it often, but when he did, I knew exactly what he meant. “You knot-head” was reserved for those special moments in life when I kept doing dumb things over and over and would not listen to instruction. He would have a grin/smile on his face when he called me by this endearing term, but what he was really saying was, “Are you ever going to get it right?”
Yesterday I introduced you to a project the Apostle Paul assigned to us. “So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy” (Ephesians 4:22-24 TEV)
When you read this, your response might be, “OK, I will do that.” Then your response on Day Two is, “OK, I will do that.” In other words, we are slow learners…perhaps knot-heads when it comes to change. The reality is that getting rid of our old self is a project made up of many steps. And guess what…God knows that.
At Destiny we talk about the process of spiritual growth. It starts with Knowing God…having a personal relationship with Him. The second step is Finding Freedom. This is where we get rid of the old self, the slavery to sin that we have experienced in our lives. And that is a project, not a single step that happens instantly. Deuteronomy 7:22 gives us great insight into this principle. “The Lord your God will drive out those nations (enemies) before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.”
In other words, this is a process, and God allows problems and tough times to help us deal with the enemies in our life until a defense is built over time. Without this process, we will be easy prey for future failure. We need repeated exposure to our old self until it no longer has power over us.
This is called practice. And practice takes time. So the question is not, “Have you taken off the old self?” The real question is, “Are you practicing?” It’s a requirement for knot-heads!