This Post is For You: New Creation


 
Have you ever regretted a choice you made? I’m not talking the last decision you made about what to fix for dinner, I’m talking a life-altering choice. Think Robert Frost…two paths diverged and you choose one…the not so right one.

Ever made a list of the mistakes you’ve made? Tried to tally them up using a point system?

*5 points gossiping
*10 points gluttony
*3 kazillion points sexual sin
*23 points harboring ill thoughts toward another Christian
(NOTE: God does not operate on any type of a point system. As a matter of fact, the example above is, in a way, sin itself. God sees all sin exactly the same. No sin is any worse than another. NO SIN.)

What about those problems in life we create all on our own? You know, not the situations in life that we happen to come upon, like the paths mentioned above, but the problems we straight up create. What if I lose my job and can’t pay my bills? Well, I better work all this overtime now. So what if I have to miss all my kids activities, skip all church activities for over a year, and forget that I even have a spouse. Our future will be secure.

Sometimes we focus so much on the things that look like failures that we forget who we really are. If you’ve been bogged down by your past, by your sin, by your failure, then this reminder is for you.

Take a minute and listen to
You Are More by Tenth Avenue North.



Want to know more about the song from them? You can read about it here.

Yesterday I wrote about laying things at the foot of the cross that we’re carrying around that we don’t need to be.

Did you identify anything you needed to lay down?

I received several messages from individuals who have laid things down and left them! Praise the Lord!

Some of us need to join them and lay some burdens down.

Why?

Let me help you identify why.

Someone reading this is allowing their past to define them right now.

You think you are your bad choices. Committed murder? So you’re defining yourself as a murderer.

You think you are your mistakes. I’m bad. I sin. I can’t overcome that. I do the same stupid things over and over. I’ll never amount to anything more than stupid mistakes.

You think you are the problems. I can’t stop worrying. I can’t give up control. I can’t stop stirring the pot.

There’s a stanza in “You Are More” that speaks to me when I start remembering all the bad things about me.

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to


It isn’t about you, but about what’s been done FOR you.


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Christian sisters and brothers, you are not defined by your past mistakes! You are defined by your reconciliation through the blood of Christ Jesus! You are a daughter or a son, not a mistake!

Shake it off! The old things have passed away and YOU ARE NEW!!!

This Easter season REJOICE! Lay those burdens down once and for all and DON’T go back to pick them up. Leave them at the foot of the cross and walk away a renewed creation in Christ!!!!

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