Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
When I was in college…a long time ago…I used a tract by Campus Crusade about the Spirit filled life. It had an image of the Fact, Faith, Feeling priority. God’s word is always true (Fact). I place my belief or trust in God’s words as always true, for me and about me (Faith). Then I allow my Feelings to catch up or fall in line with the direction of the Facts and my Faith.
Paul states that anyone who is in Christ has become a new creation. Are you in Christ? Did you surrender your life to Him? Did you ask Him to forgive your sins and cleanse your heart? Did you invite Jesus to come into your life as Lord and Savior? Did you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is risen as Lord?
If yes, THEN Paul says you are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. You may say, “what if I don’t feel any different? What if I still have the same old negative thoughts? What if I keep failing over the same sinful issues? What if I feel more like a sinner now than I did before? What if I am just trying to show people that I am different, but inside I am still the same messed up person? What if? What if? What if?
The solid rock FACT of a new birth in Jesus is this, you ARE a new creation, right now. The verb tense does not say you WILL become a new creation. It does not say you will become a new creation ONE day. It does not say, some people are totally new, but you are only partially new. It says YOU ARE A NEW CREATION!
Now, you have the freedom to be who you already are. You don’t have to work hard trying to obtain a status that you already have. Because you are a new creation, you have the mind of Christ. Because you are a new creation, you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Because you are a new creation, the Spirit of the living God dwells within you. Because you are a new creation, you are changed, forgiven, loved, accepted, highly favored, a royal priest, a beloved child of God.
Let the FACT that you are a new creation inspire your thoughts today. You are special because God’s word declares you to be somebody different. Keep agreeing with God’s word – speak it aloud – until your FAITH rises up to equal the truth about you. Your FEELINGS about yourself are happy to jump in line with the FACTS and your FAITH. You can always trust God’s word to be a safe and true place to rest your head.
Blessings Love y’all