What Are or Aren’t You Putting on Daily as a Follower of Christ?

Walking in the Spirit and putting on the Lord are action words.  They mean that we have something to do as followers of Christ.  We cannot sit around doing nothing and expect to see things change.  In Galatians it instructs us to, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).  And in Romans it says “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 13:14).

When we “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11), we can stand against the enemy.  Spiritual warfare attacks come at us often, and, as we put on the things necessary to walk in our Kingdom inheritance, we can combat such attacks.

Putting on the characteristics of Christ is putting on our new man, and being renewed according to Him.

“That you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24).

“Have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him, who created him” (Col. 3:10).

Putting on the new man means renewing our mind to that of Christ Jesus (Eph. 4:23), and internalizing the fact that we are made in His image (Gen. 9:6).  Again, renewing our inner man is an action.  It is something we have to do, or, more accurately it is something we get to do.  We don’t have to remain the same.  We choose to be the same when we don’t desire to put our faith into action.

We don’t always walk in all of these characteristics. Otherwise, the Bible would not instruct us to put them on.  Our walk with God is continually changing.  We should be striving (in a good way) to walk in all of the characteristics the Bible speaks of.

In Colossians, Paul further instructs us to put on additional characteristics.  “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Col. 3:12).We haven’t been perfected yet, but the good news is that we can continually work toward and aim to walk in humility, longsufferingand kindness.

I love what verse 14 says, “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Col. 3:14).  Put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  Put on love.  Think about that for a moment.  Why should we have to put on love?  The truth of the matter is that we don’t always display and exude love.  Ask yourself if you always put the other person first.  Are you all about them or all about you?  Is everything you say and do in love and service to God and people?  Putting on love is the bond of perfection.  If we all put it on daily, the world truly would be a better place.  What can you do to impact your corner of the world by putting on love?

Putting on Christ’s characteristics and the things mentioned above are like putting on our clothes.  We shouldn’t want to leave home without them.  When we clothe ourselves in the spiritual realm by putting on love, Christ, humility, meekness, longsuffering, and the armor of God, we are dressing ourselves against attacks from the spiritual realm.  When we are dressed and armed, fully clothed, and have put on the characteristics of Christ, we just cloaked ourselves in Jesus’ love and Jesus’characteristics.  And the devil can’t touch what belongs to Jesus.

~ by Kathy DeGraw on November 10, 2016.

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