Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I sometimes struggle with feelings of guilt and shame, past hurts rear their ugly heads and cause great distress. When I allow myself dwell on these things, they can take over and my judgement gets clouded. When this happens I need to do a reality check. Who am I? Really? Well, Gods word puts it quite plainly for me and for all who have accepted Christ in (Romans 8: 1-2 )1"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.") I've been set free. When we accept Christ the Word says: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) That means our old self, the one that is filled with fear, shame and guilt is gone and in its place is a new person, this new creation is one filled with the presence of Christ and desire to Live for Him. God absorbs ALL of our sin through the work Jesus did on the cross. He made this way for us. When I invited Jesus into my heart...He came, He lives in all who have asked Him to come. so who am I? I am the living body of Christ, His dwelling place, His temple. Sure I'm still a sinner, we all are, but in Christ I know my sins are forgiven, and knowing that this is possible only because God loves us so much that He sent His son to pay the debt of sin for us. God's word tells us so in (Romans 5: 8) "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." When we understand just what a gift this is, it helps us see who we really are, New creatures in Christ, alive in Him, loved by Him, and precious to Him. So when negativity tries to take over...I do this reality check, I am no longer a prisoner of my past, but a new creature in Christ. Thank You Jesus!