Saturday, March 3, 2012

A New Identity


Sometimes when a person is in danger, they are given a new identity. Their name is changed. Their job is changed. Even their appearance is changed.

Did you ever wish you could start all over?

Do you wish you could just leave
your old life behind and begin again?

That's exactly what happens when you surrender to God's redemption. He declares your old sinful man to be dead, He washes away your sinful stains, and He sends your sinful past "as far as the east is from the west" and forgets it.


God gives you His own Spirit to live within you. Think of the wonder of that statement.

The ALMIGHTY GOD lives in YOU!

He gives you new life and power to live a clean and holy life. He makes you a new creation!


"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature;
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
II Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

Sadly, we choose to go back to our old habits and ways. We don't claim the power given to us to live a righteous life. We haven't lost it; it's still there, but we have ignored it and tucked it into a forgotten corner.

Thankfully, God is merciful and faithful and will forgive us. He wants to give us an abundant and joyful life.

Have seen His Spirit working in your life?
Have you claimed His power over sin?

Lord, may we see our sins as You see them - gone, washed away by the blood of the Lamb. May we live through the power of Your Spirit, a full and holy life. In Jesus' Name, Amen











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7 comments:

  1. Thankful for my identity in Christ. Thanks for the reminder, Vonnie.

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  2. This is so good. I'm doing a study on the Holy Spirit and am realizing how he is like Francis Chan says, our "Forgotten God". Thank you!

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  3. Love this sweet inspiration this morning! Thanks, Vonnie!! Hugs!

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  4. Thank you, Vonnie!!! I'm absolutely sure this was meant for ME. Even if you didn't know it when you were writing it, God did. Bless you!
    Love
    Cat

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  5. Thanks for the comments. I've known (in my head) that God lived me ever since I was young, when I asked the Lord to save me, but it wasn't until I was about 30 yrs. old that I realized it in my heart. It changed the way I thought and prayed and the way I saw others. I'm still learning and growing.

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  6. Great post, Vonnie. We need to remember that "Victory in Jesus" every day.

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