OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. (WEB)
When you became a Christian, you became a new creation. Everything in your past is but a fleeting memory. The moment that you were born again, your spirit man came to life and was joined with Jesus! The Bible says that now your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).
When you said 'yes' to Jesus and received the free gift of eternal life, something miraculous happened in your being. You became a brand new citizen of heaven. No longer are you subject to the broken, sinful world system that you were once dominated by. Now, you are blessed in heaven with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
This is the NEW you. Being a son or daughter to your Heavenly Father is your true identity now. You are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:15-17). Everything in your past is past. You are a new creation with a bright, eternal future!
My prayer today is that we would all say 'yes and amen' to this truth whether we feel like this is the truth or not. The enemy of our soul would like it if we didn't believe that this was the truth. He would prefer us to be stuck in our past and filled with guilt and shame. But of course we know that he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:41-44) so we need not listen to him any longer.
The Bible says that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). May our God and Father give us the strength to resist the temptation of living in our past so that we can truly live out of the new reality that the old things have passed away and all things have become new.
6 And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (WEB)