As I prepare tonight's Bible lesson for the women at the Recovery House for Addicted Mothers, I see that it's become more of a declaration.
In the last 48 hours, the truth about me has been outwardly assaulted- again. God's truth about me says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinithians 5:17
I'm new. Despite how others may see me, I know that I'm a new creation in Christ. This is God's truth for me. I value this truth. It defines me, comforts me, and encourages me to live in the fullness that Christ has for me. This truth seperates me far from the past that dared snuff out my potential and shields me from the destruction destined to dirty my direction. One opinion of who I "am" came through a stranger who I'd crossed paths with over 25 years ago and another accusation was stated from a family member that I've loved since forever. The lies of my past were drudged up and declared over me in a condescending song that they expected me to accept. I don't sing that tune anymore- I don't even recognize the melody. What damage those words could've done if I hadn't learned to hold those truths of God for me as sacred treasure and sustaining counsel.
What is the truth about me and you who are in Christ Jesus? The truth is we ARE new creations, the old has gone and the new is here- HERE, right now, today, through the confession of our sins and faith in Christ and the redemption we've received through His grace and mercy. According to scripture, the Truth (John 17:17),can be no other way than what is spoken by God's mouth.
Who do you let define the truth about you? Surely not the devil! I won't allow him a moment anymore. His dictates of demise are often slung my way in every capacity and within every arena I enter. Nothing surprises me anymore and the sting has lost its power. I refuse to see myself through the devil's slandered perspective. The Bible is clear on what comes from the mouth of him that works all evil:
"He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44
Only being in the Word of God, studying it and receiving it in faith, will we be certain of the truth that God speaks over us. The Lord wants to remind the new converts at the Recovery House tonight through great zeal, that the old has gone and the new is here. These young women, by choice, in giving their lives recently to Christ, are made new. We, as Christians have been made new. Perhaps we all need that reminder when the truth about us is being assaulted, threatened, and undermined. Are we a work in progress? I know that I am and am so thankful that Jesus promises to finish the work in me that He has already begun (Philipians 1:6)! What a relief!
I encourage you this day, cast off those things spoken against you that come from the mouth of the Liar and put on the truth of Christ Jesus as your everlasting garment. Go back, yet again, to the Truth about who you are in Christ Jesus. Don't be entangled, neutralized, or caught up in the lies for another moment. Hold fast to the Truth, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32