Before You Knew Him - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Before You Knew Him


February 10


Read Ephesians 4:20-24

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



What were you like before you knew Jesus?


We all have a past. Even if our testimony was growing up in a Christian home and accepting Jesus as Lord when we were young, we still have a past. A time when we didn’t know Him and did things our own way.


In yesterday’s passage, Paul said the Gentiles were darkened in their understanding, futile in their thinking, and immoral in their behavior (Ephesians 4:17-19). Today he says, “But that is not the way you learned in Christ!” If you are in Christ, you know better now because you know Him. It’s not just that you’ve heard His teachings or you’ve heard about Him. If you are truly in Christ, you know Him personally. You have a relationship. And that means He’s changing you.


In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul told the Corinthians that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” In Christ, you are a new creation. You are not the old you. You have changed. 


You can continue to change too, but you must take off your old self and stop putting it back on. Your old self is like a disgusting, dirty old outfit. It’s filthy! You’ve been given fresh, clean new clothes. Don’t put that old gross stuff back on! Throw it away! Bury it in the backyard! Burn it! Get rid of the old self. You don’t want it anymore, trust me.


Don’t return to your former way of life. How? Paul says to be “renewed in the spirit of your minds.” Renew your mind with God’s Word. Let the Holy Spirit work through you as you read the Bible and pray each day. Let Him change your thinking and it will change you.


Friends, Paul says your new self is created after the likeness of God. You can become more and more like Him in true righteousness and true holiness. Put on prayer, put on the Word, put on fellowship with other believers. Every day. But don’t return to the way you were before you knew Him.



Jesus, thank You for making me a new creation. Help me to take off my old self and stay in my new self. I want to daily be changed by You. I want to become like you. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford




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No one knows me as intimately as You do, Lord Jesus. It was You who took me out of the world and changed my walk to a new and living way. Help me not to look back or walk away from this straight and narrow path that I am on.
Dear Lord, help me to take off my old self and stay in my new, then you can use me.
Heavenly Father it is because of You First Loving and choosing us that we live. From the moment I called out to You; You heard me came and filled my heart a New with You OH Lord! Father in times when the old me tries to come back I know the devil trying to pull me back. It is then even in that storm I cry out to You and Jesus You remind me I'm already taken! I belong to You, You belong to me I am Yours and You are mine. It is then again I Smile and say No not today devil for I am a child of The Living God who lives within me, who gave me life new for my Savior Jesus is right here and you can't have me. I am spoken for and God has and will always destroy you over and over for His wrath will tear you down, while lifting me up into His Amazing Grace at His right side hand and hand I will not be defeated I will Rise and overcome all that comes my way. For I am a child of The Lord Jesus Christ, who lives within me who is The Light that shines through me to never turn back but to live in the moment for Him. Trusting Hoping, Believing, holding tight to His Truth, Faithfulness, Promises that I now am never alone. Lord You are alive I Thank You and Praise You for Your Mercy's New each morning. To know You are still working on me always fighting for me I can not loose. For You OH Lord have already Won! Though Father we do stumble I'm so Grateful You are there to catch me/us lift right back up into Your Amazing Grace to I am forgiven even though I don't deserve it. I say goodbye by to the old me I have been forgiven. Oh how I wait for the day when I am at Your right in The Kingdom of Heaven for I have been made in the image of God. In Jesus name Amen “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (KJV)
Senita you have already changed, when you feel the old you it's because the devil is trying to hold you back. Only he can not, because you are a Child of God! Remember start each new day with Good Morning Jesus I am yours You are mine nothing can take me away from You for I let go surrendering all to You and Let God! Then look up and say Thank You Jesus I know You are in control because I surrender all to You, For Father You already won the battle and I Believe and Trust Your every Word as Truth I accept You Father Thank You for being The Light that lives within me for I know You will never let me go. Blessings Senita in Jesus name Amen
Our bodies are being renew every day.
Clyde no matter when you came to Jesus you did. From that moment you began to change because Jesus is alive in You! The old self is the evil one trying to break you. When that happens look up and so not today devil I am a child of God! Then you will find that old self melting further and further away, for You are a child of God now. Jesus will not forsake nor leave you remember He is always at your left side hand in hand with His Right hand in your leading the way. If the devil comes knocking tell him I Am taken by The Only "One" True King, The Lord Jesus Christ I will not be defeated! Blessings Clyde you've already won. In Jesus name Amen
Amen Tim no daily we must stay in "His" word", not 1 hour a week. To do that is being a part time follower of Christ. Amen again Tim I'm Thankful to hear your old self is melting away. For each new day begin with saying Good Morning Jesus Thank You Father for a new day to Praise You Glorify You in all I do. That day will be filled with God's Will. With God's Will nothing can turn you back. May God keep changing you and keep you in His word. Remember"He" is alive in You. Blessings in Jesus name Amen.
There is a strife that goes on in me ! My old self and new self ! Some times it can get overwhelming because of all the darkness in the times we live in ! It’s a true test of faith! But deep down I have a good foundation in Christ Jesus because he is my fortress who will never leave me ! Thank you for these devotions! They are very helpful in my walk with Christ ! Keep up the good work! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thank you Pastor for a great word it bless my heart please keep it up and God bless you all amen
Thank you; I really enjoyed this.
Thank you Pastor Nat! Wanted to share a testimony to God's Glory and honor! Lately I have been asking the Holy Spirit what book of the bible I should read to my wife for our devotional before bedtime. We had just finished 2 Peter the night before and I heard in my heart - the "Songs of Solomon" Then it hit me, this is amazing (but not surprising) with Valentines Day this Sunday! But the truly amazing part is coming. Had a tiff with my wife this morning and while reading your devotion, remembered what I read last night to my wife and how Solomon felt for His lover and the hurt melted away. Still amazed that Jesus looks at us that way! When you are in the Word, the Word is more in you. Blessings J
The Bible text, Pastor Nat’s words, AND all the posted comments herein all make me smile on the inside . The Bible teaches us that at the end of this fallen age, the Father makes all things new to usher in the restoration of Man’s relationship with Himself. In this context, by accepting Christ now, we are indeed following the Father’s lead to ultimately be fully restored to being “made in His image” and reunited with Him!!. Yes, it all makes me smile... Praise God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Spirit)...Amen!
It does feel like I am changing. Since I am reading and focusing on God's word, and listening to Him. My old self is melting. Used to belief church stuff like traditions, and one hour per week would save me. No, only trusting in Jesus, and repentance will change. Thank you Lord.
Every day God uses BTB to teach us what we need from the His Word. Praise God for His faithfulness. We share these with others.
Amen! Create in me a new heart.
Thank You Lord Jesus for making a way for us to be with You.
The word is powerful and encouraging..
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
Praise the LORD!!!
My mind is very visually oriented, as I am hearing impaired. So this analogy of old, filthy clothes is a perfect one for helping me understand and visualize the newness that Jesus has given me. Thank you!
And I pray. Amen.
Amen hallelujah seeing Jesus it will be worth it all
Even though the Holy Spirit lives in me, I still sometimes revert back to the old self. It deflates me because, honestly I do not like the old self. But coming to the Lord at an older age, hard to change after years of being one way. But I pray every day that the Lord will help me get to where I need to be. Thank you Lord!
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord, the old me is and was a hot mess. I recall and do not like what I did or remember feeling. Lord I wantto change, but I continue to slide back in that filthy old disgusting outfit and I do not want that life or the back and forth. Lord You are my refuge and salvation. I can not get rid of the old self without You. I want to be holy and righteous. I want to be more and more like You with each passing day. Lord, help me. I do not want to put on the old me anymore. I want the clean new self You have for me. Thank You Lord. In Your Son Jesus name I pray, Amen.
What a time to embrace the spirit filled life. Chaos is in every news cast, its talked about by friends who are drifting and looking for hope. Thank you Lord that you are our hope. In you we can trust and be in the calm of the storms. Lord fill us today with your Peace, Joy and Love. It is what this world needs so desperately. Thank you Father for your Word which never changes, and the Holy Spirit who interprets and apply it to our hearts. We love you and praise you! In Christ, Amen
When my heart was stone I always desired my way. What I thought was right was the highest priority I wanted. To be right in my thinking and acting the way I wanted was the desire of my heart of stone. Then when my eyes were open to Jesus’s love for me He planted a new heart in my soul that allowed me to love Him and the process of sanctification began with the Holy Spirit living in me. The thought of pleasing God more than myself begun. Thinking of others and pleasing them and Jesus began. The joy and delight of serving God and others thrilled me. The struggle occurred when my selfish desires creeped up and took me by surprise. The 50 year struggle of dying to myself began and by God’s grace He keeps me humble, repentant and desiring Him each day. The joy of seeing Him face to face gets sweeter everyday. All glory to you Jesus. Amen
Amen I want and need change I want to be like you I really need your help and guidance. I love you Lord PLEASE CHANGE ME in your name Jesus Christ Amen.