Devotional 2/21

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature;  the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2  Corinthians 5:17

Have you left your “old self” behind for good?

Do habits and impulses from that “old self” still tempt you—and if so, how do you respond when they do? Do you go to prayer or scripture immediately? At first, I I would say AMEN! And clap when it was declared that we were new creatures in Christ, now I understand that we are transformed, we will be and will continue to be transformed.

 Sometimes I sit and wonder why doesn’t anyone talk about their struggles? Why is it such a taboo to speak on sin? And then I realized that fear of judgement keeps people from speaking on sin, and it binds them all the more. Some people do not understand that we are human and will fall short of God’s glory. Others cannot believe that even though we have the holy spirit inside of us, we still continue to operate through this human body suit which has it’s own mind. And is completely against God.
And this is why many people call Christians hypocrites, because they have expectation, and may I add UNREALISTIC expectations, of what a christian person is. Some people wonder why some leave church, and even live secret lives outside of church and it all has to do with this one sided teaching of being like Jesus, or being a new creation in Christ. After a few sins, most people give up on God, give up on their calling and even in ministry. And it’s not even their fault, especially because some do not read their bibles- only do so at church for example, and others have not experienced the infilling of God’s holy spirit and only follow the rules. They live religion and not relationship.
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We only need to take a second look at our soul and our old man’s issues. 

The scripture states that when we come to Christ we become a New Creation in Christ, and it happens immediately, except that our minds and bodies are not transformed at the same time. Most of the changing in us, comes from the inside out. The bible says that God’s divine nature, inside of us (Holy spirit; and He is the one who changes us. Now, there is always our part of the relationship: we must work together with God in the process by choosing to meditate and give those parts of ourselves to God through fasting and prayer! And no, it doesn’t happen from one day to the next.

 

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And if you’re anything like me, you want to be holy in your heart AND your actions. It is not the devil, we only need to take a second look at our soul and our old man’s issues. 

For a brief example, we all have imaginations and some of us lay in bed thinking about our past, our present and our futures: we should have, and next time I see her, or when they ask me etc… You know we all have imaginations, God gave some of very active imaginations… hint, hint. My imagination would go so far I would be partying in my living room, dancing for my husband, having sex in interesting places, I would be punching somebody in the face as pay back, etc. These things give us hints about what issues are still hiding in us. And these are the things we need to take authority over, and not by quoting scripture but by replacing those thoughts and imaginations with things that are good, honorable and praiseworthy, including biblical scriptures. (2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ)
Let’s Pray:
Thank you my God for our power to control our minds, and the ability to exercise authority over our minds and self control over our flesh. I pray for a change of heart for those of us who battle with thoughts and strongholds from our youth. I pray that all the things we have seen and believed because of music, movies or relationships come to surface and be regenerated by your love and your word. I pray for increased Grace to be strengthened daily to deal with these old issues, in Jesus name, Amen. 
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