So many times, you always hear folks say that they are afraid that if they accept Jesus they will lose their life or He will ruin or destroy their life. However, it is really quite the opposite. Of course, the old man will have to be destroyed to build a new man in Christ that is a fact. In one sense, they are right their life that they knew will have to be destroyed to save them; they will lose that life that leads to death. Nevertheless, gain that new life in Christ that leads to eternal life.
Moreover, just as a vessel cannot contain salt water and fresh water and be pure water for sustainability in your life. In other words, you cannot mix salt water and fresh water and sustain your life. We cannot be double minded or live with one foot in the church and one outside of the church. Eventually we will be doing the splits and get broken like a wishbone; one side is going to end up being longer or shorter. You can guess who will receive the short end of the wishbone…
Therefore, you have to be rid of one so the other can sustain your life, in the same way the old man must die. He is a killer and will continually keep trying to destroy what God wants to do in your life. I know he can keep trying to come back to life but he cannot he is dead and buried and will never produce life only the pathway to death. You cannot be a dead man walking when you are walking in Christ- He is alive! Our God is a builder; he builds us according to His specs and He saves us according to His Grace. Therefore, whatever was existing (old man) is man made and will not last (dead man walking), that is why we need to be God made (new creation). A new creation in Christ and a new man in Christ old things have passed away…
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Notice “old” things “the old Man is an old thing”…
Resurrected from the dead old man by Him (beauty from ashes); made alive in Him, saved by Him, built by Him, trained by Him, equipped by Him, armed with the sword of the Spirit and the whole armor by Him and sent out by Him.
Remember we had to be destroyed for us to be saved by our builder Jesus Christ. You see He destroyed our earthly fleshly life when we invited Him into our hearts and lives, that one life that is without Him on a path that leads to a destiny of destruction for eternity. The life He gives us here on earth is approximately 70- 80 years give or take a few years either way. If we were to keep living on in the flesh, that would be it for us a few decades. However, He gave us life more abundantly, eternal life with Him. Therefore, why would we not want Him to take out the old man, he is a loser anyway and he is headed straight for hell. What kind of deal is this, where the One who is called Savior is also the destroyer of an old man who use to be a part of us so very near and dear to us so we thought. However, that old man was always a back stabbing, double-talking, lying, cheating stealing, conniving self-seeking hypocritical maniac who was so in love with him self it was sickening and even frightening. Well I will tell you what kind of a deal it is, it is the once in a lifetime greatest deal in the whole universe to have the grace of God descend upon our lives through the life changing power and blood of Jesus Christ.
I guess you could say it is better to have Him destroy the old man put him out of his misery before it becomes an on going eternal thing… I say get it over with the old man is a nuisance always trying to get his foot in every door. All he needs is a crack to get his toe in and pry the door open, just a little vulnerability on our part and bam he is back into our lives in a major way practicing his destruction front row and center stage he goes mainstream so he can make you scream.
Poking his nose into Christ’s business, always trying to grieve your heart and the Holy Spirits by trying to get you to come back to him for a few more times of pleasure that he says are fun. Never giving in or giving up but lurking around every work of God in your life. You can hear him breathing right now outside the door, waiting, just waiting for the opportunity when the time is right and the guard is down.
When you have missed a few bible studies or prayer meetings, fellowshipping or breaking bread with the bros or just been to busy to get in the Word or get on your knees to seek our mighty God.
He sees God wanting to do something with you in your life and he wants some of the glory for himself, he is shameless, guiltless and utterly despicable. Who likes the old man? I will tell you who, the devil likes the old man, in fact the devil loves the old man; they are old friends and the cream of his crop. Do not let him have any time to practice his destruction with you.
1John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The devil has sinned from the beginning, God sent His Son to make us new men, new creations in Christ, to put away the old man that is a puppet of the devil and for Christ the purpose given by God was this; to be a destroyer of the devils works. God sent in His destroyer Jesus Christ. Therefore, our Mighty God is both a Builder and Destroyer… A builder of those who call on the name above all names Jesus Christ and receive His eternal life and a destroyer of those works of the devil that lead to eternal death. Jesus came to destroy the enemy, the enemy came to destroy us “our Lords work”
Hebrews 3:3-4 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.
Who is building your house? Are you letting God build your house? Do you give God the glory more than yourself? Is He the God of your house? He has to be the God of the house. He is a Master Builder, Who builds with His truth and light and He will not use the old man in His building, which will cause it to burn up. God hates bad building materials; self centeredness, self-absorbed, prideful, arrogant, high self-esteem builder of oneself, self-seeking worldly lover & flesh serving mentality, inferior and faulty motives, promoters of self, strong willed, defiant for things to be done your way- none of these flesh materials will meet His specifications or standards. He wants the humble new man a new creation in Christ to build on and build up, so He can see His reflection in the finish product with His love and mercy and grace looking back at Him with gratitude and humbleness of heart and prayers of thanksgiving. He builds from the heart out, not from the flesh; He is not a flesh builder….
Hebrews 11:10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
He will build you if you let Him… remember He is the Master Builder and Creator of everything! We have a solid foundation in Him.
I do not know about you but I want to follow in my Fathers footsteps to be a builder.
Build up in Him, by Him and for Him and remember Jesus is the One who said if you destroy this temple I will rebuild it in three days… They said it could not be done! He is the Master Builder; no one can give a guaranty like that and then fulfill it that is except our mighty God. So why not trust Him to completely and fully build your house… Your foundation will be on the Solid Rock Jesus Christ.
Are you a builder of others sharing the things of God with them, building them up in Him, exhorting others in Him, pointing them to Him, letting them see Jesus in your walk, talk and all your ways? Are you more like the Builder Jesus Christ today or the old man who tries to make a come back to destroy what Jesus is building…
We are either Builders or Destroyers….What are you today? You can be a new creation in Christ today if you let go and let Jesus build you, invite Him in to do the work, He will kick the old man out and bury him, He is the Master Builder…
Romans 6:4-11 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.