"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; all things have passed away; behold all things have become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17
HAPPY NEW YEAR! (I know I am a few days late, but let's just roll with it. Y'all know how I get down!). I thought this post would be fitting for the new year! We all think of the new year as a new start, a new beginning. We are going to get rid of all of our bad habits and the things that hindered our growth. But the good news is that we don't have to wait until the new year. The bible tells us that if ANYONE is in CHRIST, he is a NEW creation! That is powerful!
All of us have strongholds or weak areas in which the devil tries to keep us bound. We try to overcome a thing, but it manifest itself bigger and uglier than the time before. I struggle in certain areas of my life with this. The revelation that the Lord gave me today was that if we just focus on the Lord, he will put those old things behind us and we never have to worry about them again. A lot of the times we will put them behind us, but we go back and get them! Leave that mess where it is. It does not mean us any good and we give the devil too much room to work when we look back.
As I have stated soooo many times before, God is not here to punish us. He is here so that we may live a peaceful and joyous life! He wants to bring us no harm. We have to let go of the past and look forward. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us to be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
I will leave you with this: The next time you want to look back to the "old" you, 1)Stop, 2)Pray, 3) Stay emotionally stable, 4)TRUST GOD and tell the devil to flee! Let's be new creatures in Christ. Let's clean out all of the mess and start living for God! Have a great 2010!
Peace and Love