Well spring is here and as Jessica and I were driving down the road the other morning, what do you think we saw? Well you may have guessed it, a mosquito inside the van. I turned to her and said “It won't be long and we will have to get out the OFF!”
What reasons do you use “Off”? Answer, to repel mosquitoes, and other biting insects.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases, mosquitoes are irritating. Mosquitoes keep you from enjoying an outing and bother you while working. Mosquitoes use you to feed on.
The best mosquito repellent includes enough active ingredient to repel mosquitoes for multiple hours. The key term is “active ingredient” — only a small number of ingredients are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The word off, means: away from the place in question; to or at a distance so as to be removed or separated.
Just as the insect spray OFF we can also look into the scriptures and find that the Lord wants us to put OFF from us many things that are just like the mosquitoes we have mentioned. There are things in this life, this flesh and this world that keep us bound and chained. Things that irritate our Christian walk, keeps us from having joy, uses us to go on a feeding frenzy and traps us in a diseased state of spiritual sickness. We as Christians call this sin.
We need to check our spiritual “active ingredients.” Let us read our active ingredients.
I Peter 1:2-5
2: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5: Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [KJV]
Our active ingredient is the Grace of Jesus through the blood of Calvary. Jesus is the light of the world, if we are a born again believer then we are to bear that light. It is time to walk in that light and put OFF the darknesss. It is time to be about the business of the King, our Lord and Saviour.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. [KJV]
The old manner of life is to be PUT OFF by the child of God.
22: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; ([KJV])
If we have the right spiritual “active ingredient” we can put off the things in our life that keeps us out of fellowship with God and causes us to become lame in our Christian walk.