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“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
James 1:25

When you see something in your life that is not consistent with God’s word, that is not the time to argue about the authenticity of the word. Instead, stay on the truth of God’s word until your experience is aligned with the word.

I want you to take a look at two bible verses, written by the same man – Apostle Paul. (Note that both letters were written to believers);

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”
Colossians 3:9-10

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;”
Ephesians 4:22

Look again at both verses, and see if you can find something that looks like a contradiction. In his letter to the church at Colosse, Paul says that we have put off the old man, but in his letter to the church at Ephesus, he asks us to put off the old man.

Did the Apostle contradict himself? Not at all!

In Colossians, Paul is talking about a legal provision i.e. what our lot is in the Spirit. In Ephesians, he is insisting that we make that legal position our vital reality.

Say, for example, you were put in prison, but by a judge’s order, you are set free. Legally, as soon as the judge signed that order, you were made free, even though you were still in prison.

However, for your freedom to become a vital, actual fact, you would need to be made aware of that order. So would your wardens and the prison authority.

It would be strange if anyone insists you’re still a prisoner because you’re still wearing prison clothes. If they do, you would be quick to point them to the document that says you’re free.

Same goes for living above sin: when you see any hint of the old man at work in you, you don’t accuse the word of not being true. No. Instead, you insist on the word until that legal provision becomes a vital reality!

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