But still holding on to the old...
BLOG POST #33
In our Christian walk we’ll come to know that there is a new life of God’s abundance that awaits us. Hearing scriptures that talk about the old life is gone, now a new life starts "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. But while this new life is great, I’m sure you can agree with me that at times you don’t feel new. In fact there are time that our past actions haunts us. There have been times where I looked at my brothers and sister in Christ and I would think that they have this life together. Subsequently I would question myself “what is wrong with me?”
All that I mentioned above describes an inner battle we all go through. It may not be the exact same questions but there are part of us that feel as though we can never meet the standards that God placed. It’s true in our own strength we will never meet that standard. As we’ve entered this world we’ve come into it with sin (not meeting God’s standard of righteousness) within us and around us. Adding to that we have an enemy that doesn't want us to know God’s truth, that we have been set free from sin by Christ. Romans 6 gives us a picture of sin and how choosing it can lead to death (not an instant death but a spiritual death of being separated from God).
How can we ever meet God standard? I don’t know if you can agree with me but there have been times when I’ve done actions that I knew in my heart was wrong but I did it anyway. I know God (or someone who has authority over me) desires that I make better choices but what’s in my heart at times seems so much stronger. It’s similar to someone telling you not to do something but then that’s all you could think of doing. Paul continues to illustrate this inner battle in Romans 7 he ends that our victory over this battle is through Jesus Christ.
Knowing we are victorious and experiencing victory are two different things. In Romans 8 we are led into the path of victory over sin. It’s by choosing life by the Spirit of God, and denying sin. We can be at rest because God has forgiven us for all of shortcomings. We don’t have to let falling short lead us to shame and guilt. We can acknowledge our shortcomings to God by confessing it, then choosing not to do those things anymore, and receiving his forgiveness. Just remember that “what you don’t feed eventually will die.” When you start choosing honoring God it be easier to identify the things that dishonors Him.
The key to feeling new is to renew your mind "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2. Our thoughts, feelings, and habits are controlled by our old life. What a person thinks, that they will become. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7. It’s better when you surround yourself with people on the same mission. Though there may be times that it’s really hard know that you’re not alone. Between God, Jesus's authority, the Spirit of truth, and our family of believers all around the world... we’re covered.