Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], they are a new creation [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Do you ever wake up at night feeling extremely anxious? There you lay in bed, eyes wide open, thoughts racing. It’s in moments like this we find it hard to find peace. Halfway between asleep and awake, we start playing out yesterday’s happenings. Thoughts like, Why did I do that? or, What did they mean by that? Or thinking unhelpful things about ourselves. Those thoughts paralyze us.
We can make ourselves utterly miserable. Those nighttime thoughts can keep us over-processing, believing we might be able to think our way out of this. Or we feel defeated. We need to learn the truth about our struggle.
It is good to ask ourselves, Where is this battle coming from – and is it coming from God, me or the devil? Knowing its origin always gives us a better battle plan.
As soon as we receive Jesus, we become entirely new people. The Bible says our spirit suddenly becomes alive for the first time, and the Holy Spirit lives inside us, able to affirm what God says to us through His Word. We are reborn – born again! Today’s key verse confirms this: We are a new
creation [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
But even with the Holy Spirit residing inside, the Christian life is not always easy.
Ever felt like life isn’t entirely working for you the way it’s supposed to? It’s because our minds, thoughts, attitudes and beliefs must also be renewed. Our spirit wants to agree with God, but our old self, thought patterns, and sinful habits can trick us into believing we’re not yet free. They lie.
The most potent weapon, then, is to agree with truth. It’s that simple. We need to ask ourselves, What does God say about me? And pray, meditate on the truth; pressing into it: I am a new creation, the old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come! If you know what God says about you, then you’ll know how to do battle with what’s coming out of the “old you”. It’s no wonder Scripture says in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.
Have a Blessed Day, Pastor Tim