Stains on your shirt pocket

My husband asked me how to remove ink stains from the pocket of one of his favorite shirts. After applying what I recommended once, he washed it. However, most of the ink still remained even though the shirt itself was clean! What he didn’t realize is that I would often pre-treat a stain many times before putting clothing in the wash and frequently would pre-treat and wash several times in order to get out a stubborn stain.

That’s a lot like the effects of sin and the old man evident in our lives after we’ve become a new creature in Christ Jesus. We’ve been made clean by the blood of Jesus, but we need repeated treatments to reduce the outward visible signs of who we once were.

Eph 5:26 (ASV) that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,

We cannot be satisfied with that initial washing in our lives. We must continually and repeatedly apply God’s Word to our lives so that He has the material necessary to reproduce His image in our daily walk. It is important to bring our bodies into subjection and our thoughts into captivity by consistently reading the Bible and meditating on what we have read.

Ro 12:2 (ASV) And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

While we are feeding our inner man (spirit), our way of thinking and doing comes in line with the Scriptures and we look less and less like the world around us.

De 8:3 (ASV) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by everything that proceedeth out of the mouth of Jehovah doth man live (emphasis mine). Jesus was quoting this Old Testament verse in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4.



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