“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since
you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is
renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”
(Colossians 3:8-10, NKJV)
Yesterday I admonished you from the words of my mother, “DON’T GO OUT
HALF DRESSED.” I encouraged from the words of Paul to “Put on the Whole
armor of God.” Today I want to go in the opposite direction and tell you to TAKE
Paul tells us in these verses that we who are children of God, through Jesus the
Christ, are to take off those things that are from our old life before accepting Jesus
as Lord. Those things that are not of the character of Christ we are to take off and
put on the “new man” that identifies us as disciples of Jesus.
1. Have you ever prayed the prayer, “Lord, make me do right”? Or, “Make me
not sin”? I have. And if you have let me inform you, the Lord does not “make us
do right.” The Holy Spirit simply leads us the right way and convicts us when you
2. The key to “doing right” is to “take off” what is wrong in our lives.
3. What are the things in your life that you need to take off in order to live the
life you were born to live?
4. Everything that is not like Christ in our lives must be dealt with by us
There are things in all of our lives that we have to “take off.” These things are not
going to fall off and God is not going to “make us” stop doing them. We all simply
must search our lives and if there is anything in our lives that is not like Christ we
must TAKE IT OFF!