2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Do you ever feel like your past mistakes make it impossible for you to move forward in life? I think shame is one of the most powerful tools the devil has in his tool belt. I often hear that voice in the back of my mind telling me You aren’t good enough to be sitting in this church, who are you to God? When this happens I have to remind myself of this verse. The old me is dead. I am a new life in Christ.
Because you are a new creation in Christ, the past cannot define you. I like to think of the butterfly as a reminder of this. The caterpillar serves as a symbol of who you were in your sin; crawling on your belly, wishing for better days. But, after you accepted Christ, a transformation took place and you turned into a beautiful butterfly; a new creation entirely. You no longer are bound to who you used to be, stuck on the ground with no way to rise up. Now you have wings, you can go anywhere and do anything. Because of Christ, we have no limits and anything is possible.
Jesus died for us so that we would be free. That voice, that self-doubt in the back of your mind, that is not God. That is the evil one and his voice is very powerful if we let it be. But today, I want you to be attentive to when that voice hits you and remind yourself who you are in God.
When self-doubt creeps in, ask yourself, What do I know to be true in this moment? The truth is, God loved you so much, He sent His one and only Son to die on a cross for you. He did this just so He could have a relationship with you. You are loved, you are treasured and valued, and you are saved from your past. And the truth is, the devil hates that fact. He will do everything in his power to keep you from knowing that.
If you are reading this and you have not been saved yet, please take just one small step toward accepting Him. Go to a church that preaches Biblical truth, go to a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, or have a talk with a Christian friend. Anything you can do to move closer to accepting Christ, even though it may be a small step in the overall scheme of things, will be the biggest step you’ve ever taken.
Think About It:
- What lies does the enemy tell you most frequently?
- Are there certain moments in which these lies come to you more often?
- What can you do to keep those voices out of your head?