The Holy Spirit works awesomely! 

The Holy Spirit is the best guide ever! We just have to be attuned to the still small voice of God (1 Kings 19:12). When we connect with God at this level He is using us in special ways. In this Teaching Letter I will share another powerful experience that happened while my wife and I were in Mexico at the beginning of 2018. 

After I gave the “Therefore” speech to the Spanish church on Friday some people invited me to come and speak again on Sunday. The next day the pastors of the church officially invited me. As soon as I knew that I will speak again the phrase: “Put On”, from Ephesians, resonated into my heart. I picked up the New Testament and I started looking for all the main verses where Paul exhorts us using the words – put on. I wrote down all references and I connected them with other occurrences in Paul’s letters. As in the case of “Therefore” message, I preached on Friday, this became ‘the sketch’ for my “Put On” message I preached on Sunday. For details about  “Therefore” please visit www.urfm.org. It was delighted to deliver what God inspired.

Let me share with you, the thoughts Holy Spirit gave me from the Scripture.


(1) Put on the new self,
(2) Put on the new heart,
(3) Put on Love,
(4) Put on the full armor of God,
(5) Put on the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation,
(6) Take up the sword of the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit,
(7) Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.















​(1) Put on the new self, 


In Ephesians 4:24, Paul writes, “and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” In Colossians we read, “and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” (Colossians 3:10).

I like to sleep in my pajama, but I don’t go to church in my pajamas. As a matter of fact Sunday morning I made a conscientious decision to put off my pajamas, go about my morning routine, (showering, shaving, brushing teeth), and finally put on different clothes. Guess what? None of my clothes fall on me. That would have been nice. I made the decision what to wear, and, piece by piece I put on my particular outfit for the day.


Similarly in the spiritual realm. When we are born again, in an instant, we become brand new beings (2 Corinthians 5:18). Our spirit is miraculously changed. But ‘stuff’’ from our “former manner of living” (Ephesians 4:22a), we call it the ‘flesh’, still there. The human soul of a saved person does not change instantly, it has to enter into a process of progressive sanctification. This is not an automatic thing. We have to decide to surrender our bodies (Romans 12:1), and to invite the Holy Spirit to transform our soul. Paul gives us specific teaching on this. He asserts that before we can put on the new self we have to put off the old self. 

The Bible teaches us, “in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, … and put on the new self” (Ephesians 4:22, 23). Let’s also read Colossians 3:8, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” What is Paul talking about? He spells some of the things of the old self: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. We can just cover up these aspects with religion, performance, trying harder, self-improvement, self-discipline, or any other ‘do-it-yourself’ products sold on the ‘Religion Market.’ We have to intentionally lay aside all of these. Put off is a process. There are no other possibilities for dealing with the flesh with all of its nuances, other than bringing it to the cross of Jesus. Put on is process too. “And have put on the new self who is being (present continue) renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.” (Colossians 3:10). This should not be complicated. We have to acknowledge that we cannot transform ourselves. We continue to need the work of God in our lives (Philippians 2:13). We have to exercise our free will and, every day, decide to let the resurrected life of Jesus, (which is already planted into our spirit), to manifest itself, little by little, in all areas of our soul, (will, mind, and emotions). As we decide to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12, Romans 8:12-13), God works in us, and the Holy Spirit transforms us (2 Corinthians 3:18), more and more, into the image of our Lord. Philippians 2:13, states, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure”. Isn’t this good news? Yes it is! Praise the Lord! 

I like the way the author of Hebrews explains it, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1). This is exactly what Paul admonishes us in Ephesians and Colossians. (See above references.) 

Are you with me on this? Yes! Great, thanks! Let’s go on with other ‘put on’ instructions.


​Similarly in the spiritual realm. When we are born again, in an instant, we become brand new beings (2 Corinthians 5:18). Our spirit is miraculously changed. But ‘stuff’’ from our “former manner of living” (Ephesians 4:22a), we call it the ‘flesh’, still there. The human soul of a saved person does not change instantly, it has to enter into a process of progressive sanctification.   

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  • Start writing the next book the Holy Spirit is impressing upon my heart, called The Journey of Spiritual Transformation.
  • Coordinate the translation of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality from English to Romanian.
  • Develop the Platforms for Transformation. These platforms will facilitate the process of equipping Christ’s disciples in the areas of Spiritual Mentorship and Discipleship Counseling. These platforms will be available to all God’s children, especially those who desire to make a deeper impact in the lives of others.
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With much appreciation and deep respect,


Valy Vaduva

Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach

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This is not an automatic thing. We have to decide to surrender our bodies (Romans 12:1), and to invite the Holy Spirit to transform our soul. Paul gives us specific teaching on this. He asserts that before we can put on the new self we have to put off the old self. 

The Bible teaches us, “in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, … and put on the new self” (Ephesians 4:22, 23). Let’s also read Colossians 3:8, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” What is Paul talking about? He spells some of the things of the old self: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. We can just cover up these aspects with religion, performance, trying harder, self-improvement, self-discipline, or any other ‘do-it-yourself’ products sold on the ‘Religion Market.’ We have to intentionally lay aside all of these. Put off is a process. There are no other possibilities for dealing with the flesh with all of its nuances, other than bringing it to the cross of Jesus. Put on is process too. “And have put on the new self who is being (present continue) renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.” (Colossians 3:10). This should not be complicated. We have to acknowledge that we cannot transform ourselves. We continue to need the work of God in our lives (Philippians 2:13). We have to exercise our free will and, every day, decide to let the resurrected life of Jesus, (which is already planted into our spirit), to manifest itself, little by little, in all areas of our soul, (will, mind, and emotions). As we decide to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12, Romans 8:12-13), God works in us, and the Holy Spirit transforms us (2 Corinthians 3:18), more and more, into the image of our Lord. Philippians 2:13, states, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure”. Isn’t this good news? Yes it is! Praise the Lord! 

I like the way the author of Hebrews explains it, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1). This is exactly what Paul admonishes us in Ephesians and Colossians. (See above references.) 

Are you with me on this? Yes! Great, thanks! Let’s go on with other ‘put on’ instructions. 

2. Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience: 

After Paul instructs us to put on the new self, he continues with the exhortation to put on a new heart. In Colossians he writes, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12). What is he talking about in this verse? Paul is inviting us to live from the center of our new life with have in Him and put on the new heart Jesus gave us. What are some to those adjectives, ‘compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’, mentioned above represent? The fruits of the Spirit. Can the old heart produce such things? No. Therefore we have to depend on the Holy Spirit who enables us to express more of the Nature of our Father in a fruit form, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). All of this is made possible as we continue with the process of laying aside ‘the deeds of the flesh’ (Galatians 5:19-21). 

3. Put on love: 















The Bible teaches, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” (Colossians 3:14). I see a progression here. Our new self was created by God. This is what we experienced when we were born again. Since then, we are encouraged to engage ourselves in the process of sanctification. As we do that, God is working in us. “God is love” (1 John 4:8b). The Holy Spirit is transforming us, and enables us to expressing more and more the nature of our Father – love. In other words, who puts on the new self, in effect puts on love. In the context of Scripture, especially 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, love is not what one feels, love is what one IS and out of it, he or she does. Love, then, is the true indicator of spiritual formation into Christ’s image.

  • Love is patient,
  • Love is kind,
  • Love is not jealous,
  • Love does not brag,
  • Love is not arrogant,
  • Love does not act unbecomingly,
  • Love does not seek its own,
  • Love is not provoked,
  • Love does not take into account a wrong suffered,
  • Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness,
  • Love rejoices with the truth,
  • Love bears all things,
  • Love believes all things,
  • Love hopes all things,
  • Love endures all things,
  • Love never fails.


 To be continued...


​With love in Christ,


Valy Vaduva​​​​


Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach


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Dear Prospective Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT) Students, 


The aspect of believer’s identity is just as important in the life of a Christian as the issue of spiritual victory. Knowing who we are in Christ is tremendously important in the life and walk with God of any disciple. The spiritual identity of the believer is particularly important because throughout the church history Christians have understood that they are just ‘sinners saved by grace’ who have developed their personal image in the same way as the world. But we must recognize that the believer's self-image must be based on a very solid biblical foundation. If not, Satan will tempt the believer in this crucial area.


My deepest desire and fervent prayer is that every child of God will know by spiritual revelation WHO he or she is in Christ. (See Ephesians 1:15-23).


​Come in! Enroll! Partake in this amazing and life-transforming discipleship platform. Welcome aboard! I am looking forward to ministering to you! God bless your decision!


With love in Christ,​


Valy Vaduva​​

​​Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach

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Put On 


April 2018

Motto:
“Put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.”

(Colossians 3:10)

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for partnering with us in 2018 !