A New Year!! New Beginnings…who are we in Christ?
I remember as a little girl only imagining the year 2000…and now we are at 2014! As I have aged, time has decided to go faster. Interesting how that works, isn’t it?
How exciting to think that the New Year brings new beginnings. And to know that the Father is the author of new beginnings does my heart good. Starting a new year reminds me that I was made new in Christ when I trusted him at 12 years old. I need to be reminded of that daily. One way is for me to keep my thoughts on Him in the midst of life and it’s swirling circumstances.
Psalm 119:105 says “They word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” How? Worship can lead us into His presence, as well as the word of God. The Bible illuminates our path and helps us to see truth and the “new” of who we are in Christ. Remember our “lighthouse” entry previous to this one? He is our light, He is our Word.
As we enter into this new year, I wanted to remind myself of the truths that I often lose sight of. I had many misconceptions of myself for many years. Even though I was “new” in Christ, I never really grasped it. I was not into the Bible, nor was I encouraged in that way by other believers. I believed lies and that was disasterous for me. I lived my life trying to perform for others, perform for the Father thinking I could gain His love. What a lie that was!!
I am loved unconditionally because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. You are loved unconditionally!! Let me identify some of those “untruths” and give you scripture to prove it wrong. Read and hear the truth…may it speak to your heart.
1.I cannot resist sin….. “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:7…..SO, Christ freed me from sin’s control.
2. I feel like God has given up on me….”Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1…..SO, I am not condemned either now or in the future.
3.I feel like no one loves me….“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7…….SO, I am fully accepted in Christ.
4.I am not a saint you know….“To the church in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ-their Lord and ours.” 1 Corinthians 1:2…SO, All those who are in Christ are saints.
5. I am so inferior….“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say ‘Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body.’ And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body…As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” I Corinthians 12:14-16, 20 SO, I am a part of Christ’s body equal to all.
Isn’t is wonderful to realize who we really are IN CHRIST? We have to know this, commit this to our heart and remind ourselves these truths over and over. The enemy would prefer that we did not know these truths, thus rendering us “unusable”. When we have this confidence, we choose life and we choose love. We cannot help it, it is a natural by-product.
I will continue to share these truths from the Word through these next few entries. I believe that I need to review it again, and someone else needs to be reminded as well.
Be blessed dear ones!
IN CHRIST ALONE