The New Me
By Norma Miller
November 1, 2011
2 Cor. 5:17 Says: If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things have become new.
When you realized you were a sinner and had no hope of a relationship with God without accepting the fact that His Son Jesus had to suffer and die to pay the price for your sin, you surrendered your life to His control, confessed your sins and repented-did you have a hard time believing you really are a new creation? Or did you feel like the same old person, especially when temptations came along and you succumbed to them?
From my own experience and from what I've heard from others, it is quite common for us to struggle with this. It is very hard to wrap our minds around the fact that things truly have changed and we are a new person with a new identity.
When a caterpillar goes through its metamorphosis and becomes a butterfly, does it still believe it is a caterpillar and continue to crawl around? No, it realizes something is different, and tries out its new wings.
So must we when we have truly seen our sin, our helplessness before God, received the gift of His dear Son, and repented, and turned our lives over to Him.
We must look at ourselves, at our 'new wings' and realize, "I am not the same person I was!
I am a new creature because Jesus saved me!
I can now walk in the newness of life Jesus gave me!
I have a new identity. My old identity, who I thought I was, is left back at the cross, and the new me, the person God created me to be is what is left.
I found it helpful to actually pray, and tell God, "I bring myself to Your altar; put to death the Lynn that I know, and raise to life only the Lynn that You created me to be." He knows how to do this, and we are safe in His hands.
He is our Creator, and since He started a good work in us, we can know He will be faithful to complete it.
Philippians 1:6 says: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
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