When Not to Pray; but to Act
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:22-24
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. (ESV)
Put off the old man: a definite command; the need to think and to apply doctrine; sanctification is not by faith only; the first essential for the believer is to remind himself who he is; a prayer of belief and not unbelief; the importance of a consistent life; obedience to the Gospel; do not feed the old man; but mortify the flesh.