Ephesians 4:22-24 ” Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

On this first day of 2022 let us all resolve to put off the old and put on the new…striving to become more like our Savior. Here are what I call the five foundations for doing this.

Forgive The kindest thing you’ll ever do for yourself is to forgive the other person that has wronged you. You will never be able to change the past, but you can change how you live today, and holding on to resentment, hatred and bitterness is only hurting yourself. Forgive others.

Forego In Luke 9:62 Jesus said, ” No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” When we forego, we surrender and relinquish the past and everything that goes with it to the Lord…while refusing to allow guilt and shame to drag us back. Forego what is behind.

Forget The past is the past…let it remain there. Philippians 3:13 tells us, “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead…” That means taking off the lies of hopelessness, powerlessness, and invalidation and putting on the truth of God’s love, grace, mercy, and hope.

Forsake Leave behind unhealthy habits…cast off secret sins…put aside all things that rob time away from being in God’s Word. Get rid of any cunning intentions that linger in your life.

Follow We can’t follow the Leader if we don’t know who He is. Matthew 16:24 tells us plainly, ” If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” You also can’t follow the Leader if you don’t have a trusting relationship with Him, and that will never happen until you get into the Bible and experience Him for yourself.

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