Christianity is an Active Faith, Not a Passive Faith

Christianity is an Active Faith, Not a Passive Faith
I can put on a fake smile when I’m hurting, depressed, and afraid.

I can quote Scripture and even counsel someone Biblically when I’m bitter or angry.

But God wants something better for me.

Christian faith is not a pretense. It's a reality. 

It's "putting off" our old sin nature and "putting on" our new nature.

Please take a moment and read Ephesians 4:22-24.

This passage gives us the key to growing in Christ: put off, put on...it's active, not passive.

We don’t sit and wait for God to take away our addictions and sins. We actively participate in their destruction.*

We capture lies with truth (2 Corinthians 10:5).

We exchange discouragement for thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).

We replace excuses with confession (1 John 1:8-10).

We destroy bitterness with forgiveness (Ephesians 4:31-32).

We close the frig and grab our Bible (Matthew 4:4).

* We can't do this in our own power, but we must actively participate with God's work in us (Philippians 2:12-13).

If you have any unique ways of putting off your old man, please share them in a comment! 
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Christianity is an Active Faith, Not a Passive Faith

2 comments:

  1. Colossians 3:5-17 same concept. Put off old ways (actually says "Put to death")vs 5-9. Put on new ways (actually says "we must")vs 10-17. Very good instructions for all believers. Love these passages. Thanks

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  2. I often refer to faith as being a "participant sport". You can't sit on the sideline and expect to win the race.

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