I am…a New Creature

“I am a new creature” TW 125

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor 5:17

In the last few days I have been shown time and again that my mindset matters. I received a faxed copy of a magazine article from a coworker, my Mom shared inspiration from a Book Club book she’s reading, one of the blogs I keep up with, and the Beth Moore book that I’m currently reading are all pointing to the fact that I have the ability to choose what I tell myself. I have the ability to choose to have a positive attitude, or I can have a negative one.

I had started writing a post about this verse a couple of days ago, but re-reading it again this evening, I can see a different message in it than I did before.

If I belong to Christ, meaning, if I have given my life to Jesus, and confessed my belief in him, then the rest is a done deal! I don’t mean I am perfect, or that I’m complete, but this verse says I have already become a new person. Now, if I’m not acting like it, then it is most likely because I have allowed myself to be deceived.

If I believe that what the Bible says is true, then my old life is gone. Really gone. And the new has come! It has already come. It is here. Now. Not someday. Not eventually. Not when I have more time. Now.

That being the case, what is stopping me from living that new life? Right now. This very minute? Nothing. Nothing and no one has the ability to revert my life back to the old. Nothing will separate me from the Love of God, and nothing can take away this New Life of mine!

Abba Father. You are mind-blowingly amazing. I find so much hope and life and peace in this verse tonight. It is a gift from you — this truth. I already AM changed. I am living the New Life from you right this very minute. I don’t want to waste another moment feeling beaten down, tired, exhausted, weary and discouraged. Please clear away the lies I have been believing and replace it with your healing truth. Guide me in eliminating the attitudes and behaviors that contradict the truth that is “alive and active in me”. Thank you, Father.

I am…forgiven

“I am forgiven all my sins and washed in the blood” TW 125

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Ephesians 1:7

I am forgiven. If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you’ll see that I have been struggling with this concept. Forgiveness.

Since this (Christ’s crucifixion) happened in the past, it was for all my sins. Ever. Not only the ones that I committed before I realized that he forgave me, and then none after. It actually means ALL my sins, past, present and future are forgiven. Am I getting this right?

I think my struggles with forgiving others really requires me to focus more on the practice of accepting God’s forgiveness than it does working to let go of hurt from others. I think I have kept my self “on the hook” for all of my missteps, and therefore feel the need to make sure that no one else is let “off the hook” prematurely. And that is wrong. In fact, I think it ends up making it a never ending cycle. I don’t feel or acknowledge my forgiveness, so I don’t forgive others, so God can’t forgive me. (Matt. 6:14-15).

So, I guess it doesn’t matter what comes first. I’m here now. I am choosing to forgive (and therefore not “refusing to forgive”) those whom I have “kept record of wrongs” on. And that choice enables God to forgive me. And with that, I am forgiven. I may not feel super fresh or clean, but I am going to remind myself of the fact of my forgiven state as often as possible.

Also, there is a difference between feeling hurt again from something someone has done, and refusing to forgive. One is a unfortunate side effect of being human and being vulnerable, and the other is a choice. I am going to err on the side of sensitive today. And let God do the protecting and healing.

I am…God’s child

“I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” TW p125

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
1 Peter 1:23

Well, to be honest, this one is starting out a little dry for me. I think I need to read some of the context.

Verse 21 says, “Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.”

Christ is the connect to God. It is my acceptance of the gift of Christ’s death that puts this all in to action. It’s honestly hard for me to read and truly *feel* anything about being born again, as I was raised “in the church” and so I don’t have a powerful conversion experience, or any one event or timeline that shows the “before Christ” and “after Christ” Lundie.

That doesn’t mean I am excluded. It does not mean I am not born again. It just means I will need to study and understand and contemplate it more, I think. I do believe in Christ and what he did to save me. I have been given a new life. I want to be converted to this new being. I know that I already *am* this new being, but I want my outsides to reflect it as well.

My new life has its source in the Word of God, so the more I am in it, the more my new being will be fed.

I am…

In the book Thin Within there is a list of scripture that tells Who I am In Christ. I am not sure where this list initially came from as it’s just a list based on scripture, but I wanted to give credit for it now as I plan to post a scripture a day from this list and really think about what these identities mean, should mean, don’t mean to me.

They are on pages 125-127 of Thin Within. I will probably be using a variety of versions of the Bible to understand what the verses mean to me. I will definitely be using the Bible Gateway to do this research.

[ETA this list so BK can preview 🙂 And will link to each of the discussions…of course]
I am…

  • God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God which lives and abides forever – 1 Peter 1:23
  • forgiven of all my sins and washed in the blood – Eph. 1:7
  • …a new creature – 2 Cor 5:17
  • …a temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor. 6:19
  • …delivered from the power of darkness and transformed into God’s kingdom – Col. 1:13
  • …redeemed from the curse of the law – Gal 3:13
  • …strong in the Lord – Eph 6:10
  • …holy and without blame before Him – Eph 1:4
  • …accepted in Christ – Eph 1:6
  • …blessed – Deut 28:1-14
  • …a saint – Rom 1:17
  • …qualified to share in His inheritance – Col 1:12
  • …the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath – Deut 28:13
  • …victorious – Rev 21:7
  • …dead to sin – Rom 5:2, 11
  • …elect – Col 3:12
  • …loved with an everlasting love – Jer 31:3
  • …established to the end – 1 Cor 18:8
  • …set free – John 8:31-33
  • …circumcised with the circumcision made without hands – Col 2:11
  • …alive with Christ – Eph 2:5
  • …raised up with Christ an seated in heavenly places – Col 2:12
  • …His faithful follower – Eph 5:1
  • …the light of the world – Matt 5:14
  • …the salt of the earth – Matt 5:13
  • …called of God – 2 Tim 1:9
  • …brought near by the blood of Christ – Eph 2:13
  • …more than a conqueror – Rom 8:37
  • …in Christ Jesus by His doing – 1 Cor 1:30