September 15, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~ I was talking to a girl yesterday who is saved that made a comment about how ashamed she feels about who she was before Christ. She is filled with regrets and continues to hold on to those things as a weight she has to bear. She didn’t understand that when she accepted Christ as her Savior, with it came freedom from sin, the power of sin, and the identity that is tied to that sin. I explained to her that when I became a Christian, the Righteousness of God in Christ became my new identity. Jesus took away my sin and shame and nailed it to his cross. In exchange, he offers me a new identity and a new nature. When I became a Christian, I was no longer a drug user, no longer a beer drinker, no longer bound to sin and perversion. I was set free of those things and the identity and nature of one who does those things.

I began to explain to her that when we come to recognize the redemptive work of the cross and all the benefits of it, we can let go of our shame of yesterday. When we understand and recognize that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, there is freedom from those things and peace. I am no longer condemned or ashamed. I am no longer carrying the weight of my sins from yesterday. I have a confidence and assurance that I am accepted by God and that I can stand boldly before his throne of grace without fear of rejection, without shame of my past, and without condemnation because of the gift of forgiveness and the gift of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

When we know that we are loved and accepted by God because of the work of the cross, there is a boldness and a confidence that comes with it. The devil loses his power of condemnation and guilt over our lives, he loses the influence that he once had and we come into a rest and peace, we are filled with joy and happiness because of what Jesus did for us.

God is not a respecter of persons. He is rich unto all that call upon his name. Whoever calls upon his name, shall be saved, forgiven, and justified. So let’s embrace the redemptive work of the cross. Let’s receive the free gift of salvation, righteousness, and justification so that we can be set free of every sin and every weight that easily besets us and let’s run our race! Refuse to give place to the devil!!

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