Put Off Your Old Self

Ephesians 4:20-24 – But that is not the way you learned Christ!–21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

2013-12-31 - Put Off Your Old Self (IMG_1594)Looking off our back deck at the final sunset of 2013.  Morrow, Ohio.

I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions and I don’t think I am going to start now.  In our Christian walk this should be a daily exercise, not something we resolve to do just once a year as we make the celebrated transition from December 31st to January 1st.

Thanks be to God!  We have been given the truth in Jesus!  It is only through the power of his blood shed on the cross that we are able to put off our old self and “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Be safe, God bless, and have a Happy New Year!

Yours in Christ,
Todd the Hiker

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

Hear, My Son, Your Father’s Instruction

Happy Birthday Dad!  Seventy years young today!

Proverbs 1:7-9 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

2013-12-18 - Hear, My Son, Your Father's Instruction (IMG_0114)Grouse hunting with my dad and son (many years ago) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the town of Ralph.

Being raised learning to love the outdoors was a true blessing and something I have carried with me throughout the years.  Hunting and fishing with dad are some of my fondest memories from childhood.  But the greatest blessing of all was having parents who brought me up in the knowledge and fear of the Lord!

Fathers, the single most important thing you can do for your children is to raise them knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Read to them from the Bible.  Teach them to bring everything to God in prayer.  Set the example by being the spiritual leader of your family as God intended.  Do not shirk that responsibility.  Listen to Paul’s advice from Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

And children, as the fifth commandment, in Exodus 20:12, says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”  This commandment, unlike the others actually carries with it a specific promise for being obedient.  Not that we deserve a reward for obedience, nor are the other commandments are any less important; but, this is the only one that makes such a promise, making it noteworthy.  Even Paul highlights this distinction in Ephesians 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Thank you for all you have done for me throughout my life Dad!  May God bless and keep you today and always!

Love,
Todd

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