Saturday, November 17, 2012

Word of the Day... November 17, 2012

If anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creature,
the old things passed away;
behold, new things have come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Since I have found Jesus as my Lord and Savior, this scripture is one of my favorite sources of joy!  I am a new creature in Jesus!!! Tell me does it get any better than this? 
When I talk to different people, many times they will tell me that they have a hard time letting go of their past sins and find that freedom in Christ Jesus. Some of the unhappiest people I've ever known are living their lives looking over their shoulder. What a waste! Nothing back there can be changed.  You can’t go back and change any of the stupid things that we have done in our past though all of us would like to. We can either choose to wallow in the past and act as though we are not freed from that sin. Likewise with guilty feelings, we can accept the fact that we are forgiven in Christ, or we can believe the devil’s lie that we are still guilty and should therefore feel guilty.

What's in the past? Only two things: The great joys and accomplishments of our life. . . or our failures and defeats that cannot help but arouse feelings of guilt and shame. Why in the world would anyone want to return to that embarrassing position? I've never been able to figure that one out.  By reliving those inglorious, ineffective events of yesterday, our energy is sapped for facing the demands of today. Rehearsing those wrongs, now forgiven in grace, derails us. There are few joy stealers more insidious than past memories that haunt our minds. . . .   So stop it!!!  Stop wallowing in past failures.  I love what the Bible tells us that when God forgives us, He “remembers our sins no more". This does not mean that the all-knowing God forgets because He forgives us. Rather, He chooses not to bring up our sin to Himself or others. When our former sins come to mind, we can choose to dwell upon them (with the resulting guilty feelings), or we can choose to fill our minds with thoughts of the awesome God who forgave us and thank and praise Him for it

So let it all go into the hands of Jesus Christ!!!  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. I hope that all of you have a blessed and happy weekend!!!  Get out there and be the light of Jesus Christ to this dark world that we live in.  Time is short and Jesus is coming soon!!!  Maranatha!!! 


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