Why You Are a New Creation (even if you don’t believe it)

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who Am I”?

Years ago, when I was at my darkest moments with my battle against depression, I was asking that question all the time.

I felt like I had lost myself. I didn’t recognize who I was. During that time of my life I was angry, full of self-condemnation, snapping at my family, and sometimes being downright mean to my kids. I don’t say this lightly when I say I hated myself.

Then God . . .

Through counseling and God’s grace I learned that I am a new creation. I am NOT a toy the enemy of my soul can play with. I have control over my thoughts, which means I have control over WHAT I allow into my head and WHO I allow into my life.

The truth was (and still is) that I’m a new creation the moment I surrendered my life to Jesus.

You see, because I allowed negative thoughts and false beliefs to flood my mind, I was full of anger, guilt, and self-doubt. I believed that God could not reach me where I was, and this was even AFTER I had decided to give my life to Jesus.

The enemy wanted nothing more than for me to remain stuck in this mindset. And you’re fooling yourselves if you don’t believe he wants the same thing for you too.

If we believe that Jesus cannot or does not completely change us once we become His, then we are still living under the law, not grace. The enemy of our souls would love nothing less than for us to believe that Jesus is not powerful enough to miraculously change our lives.

Does this mean that all of our bad habits and attitudes are instantly gone? No, not at all. What it does mean is that God has made our souls new. He has provided us with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, we need to grow in Him and become more like Him every day.

We need to remember, because of what Jesus did on the cross over 2000 years ago, we are NEW CREATIONS!

Your homework for this week:

Read 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18. How has God given you the gift of a being a new creation?

(Content from this blog article was taken from my group Facebook study and 30 Day devotional, 30 Days to More of Jesus.)

 

 

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3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

Learning who I truly was in Christ was a huge step towards my victory over depression. I talk with people often who don’t really grasp the fact that once they have surrendered their lives to Christ they ARE His children. This is especially true for those of us who live in that black cloud of depression. We are so driven by how we feel, that even if we know the truth in our minds, but don’t have it grounded in our hearts, we will not be able to live out our identity in Christ.

For me, this was a foundational truth that took a while to sink in. I had condemned myself for so long, that I was believing the lies the enemy was whispering in my ear.

“You’ll never be a good enough wife or mother.”

“You can’t control your anger, so why even try?”

“Can God really help you?”

“Why would He want to use you?”

Without knowing who I was in Christ, life did seem hopeless.

So what does it mean to find your identity in Christ? The following verses describe what this means. Let’s take a look:3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24).

As I talk with others who struggle believing or accepting who they are as Jesus-followers, I stress to them that it is a process. Your identity is now found in Christ when you surrender your life, seek forgiveness and desire to follow Jesus. There is no condemnation. You are a new creation. You are more than a conqueror.

The process lies in being made new in the attitude of your minds.

It took me a while to understand all of this. And we all still have a lot of questions on how God truly makes us righteous and holy. This is where you have to trust God. Trust that His promises are true.

Knowing my identity in Christ, along with 2 other truths, have been the foundation for my victory over depression. I want to share these foundational truths with you in a free download I created.

This download can be taped to your bathroom mirror, clipped inside your Bible, added to your planner, posted above your desk at work, or anywhere else you need to be reminded of God’s plan for you to no longer live under the constant burden of depression.

3 Biblical Truths to Defeat Depression is available here. Download your free copy today.

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No matter how you feel, no matter what lies the enemy is whispering in your ear, no matter what you’ve done in the past, as a Jesus-follower you have the same identity that Christ has. There is no other power like the power of God. It is already available to you. It always has been.

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3 Ways to Pray When You Don’t Have the Strength

3 Ways to Pray When You Don't Have the Strength

Have you ever wanted to pray but simply don’t have the strength? Whether you have a major decision to make, an illness or death in your family, a life-altering event take place, or you’re simply tired and overwhelmed, it can be difficult to pray.

We have some major decisions to make for our family’s future over the next few months. This can be seriously overwhelming for me. Someone with my personality – aka “needs to have every detail of my life planned out” – either freaks out or freezes during times like this. Neither of these reactions is helpful.

Lately, I find myself unable to pray. Either I don’t know what to pray (freeze) or I’m full of widely varied emotions (freaking out).

Either way praying for me is difficult right now.

Although I’m not communicating with God through traditional prayer, I’ve discovered 3 other ways I’ve been communing with Him.

3 Ways to Pray When You Don't Have the StrengthWorship Songs

I love to worship through singing. One of my favorite parts of attending church is worshipping together as a church family. Worshipping through song allows me to express myself to God in a very personal way, especially when I don’t know what to say.

Complete Honesty with God

When I feel like I can’t pray, I tell God. Being honest with God is the best thing I can do, anytime, not just during times of turmoil. He already knows how I’m feeling, I may as well tell Him. Besides, it is completely cathartic for me to “verbally vomit” to Him. He’s got big shoulders. He can take it.  

Prayers of Others

The support and encouragement our family has received through this time have been unbelievably amazing. When friends and family express their love and concern and tell us they’re praying for us, I know they are. I lean on their petitions on our behalf.

The next time you find yourself unable to pray, try listening to some worship music, telling God exactly how you’re feeling (remember He can take anything you throw at Him), and lean on your friends and family.

Do you have any other suggestions for times when prayer is difficult? Please share in the comments below.

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6 Questions to Ask When You Need to Forgive Yourself

 

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There are times we all make mistakes. Some mistakes can be corrected with an “I’m sorry”, while others take a bit more than that to resolve.

Often those we have offended are quick to forgive us, but we have a difficult time forgiving ourselves. Why is that? We don’t think we deserve to be forgiven or we believe the sin or wrongdoing was too much to forgive.

People who live with depression often take on false guilt, and a lot of it. As a new mom with post-partum depression, I experienced all sorts of guilt.

“I don’t love my baby enough.”

“Why am I so mad when she won’t sleep?”

“I should be breastfeeding exclusively.”

“I shouldn’t be so angry with my new baby.”

“I wish I was happier being a Mom.”

“There must be something wrong with me for how I’m feeling.”

What do you do when you can’t forgive yourself and let go of the guilt?

Asking yourself the following 7 questions may help you work through the forgiveness process.  Read More