Day 13 | I'm Not Who I Used To Be
The great thing about change is that it becomes obvious to everyone. These changes can be big or small, but they are still changes.
I have a friend with tattoos all over him. Many of them speak of his past and some of the things that he is ashamed of. He's not like that anymore, but he carries the scars (tattoos) of his past. We are all like that. We have a past. Maybe you can't see my tattoos, or maybe your scars look a little different? The point is we all have a past. But we are not our past. You're not who you used to be.
The bible is very clear. Your old way of life was nailed to the cross. Jesus came down from heaven to rescue us. When He died on that cross, He broke the power of sin. When Jesus rose from the grave, He defeated the finality of death. Now, what awaits us, is this new extravagant life in God.
Physical death is merely a curtain for the believer. It's a doorway into everlasting life. There is nothing in the past that can keep you there. In fact, there is nothing in the past that is worth returning to. New life in Jesus is your bright new future.
Together, with all God's saints, we can confidently say, I might not be all God wants me to be yet but I'm not who I used to be!
TIME TO THINK:
What parts of your old life try to haunt you?
Are there any parts of your old life you need to say goodbye to?
Father, thanks you for this new gift of life. Thank you that sin does not have to rule me or control me. Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Your resurrection power is in me to live a new life for You.
I'm not who I used to be. Now I'm who You want me to be. Amen.
Romans 6:6-14 MSG
“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.”