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

 

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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?

 


 

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How to Talk With Your Spouse Who is Struggling With Depression

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My husband has written a few articles on what it’s like to live with someone with depression. I truly appreciate his honesty and his openness to be vulnerable enough to talk about this with you.

As a minister, it’s often hard to admit when you’re struggling with something, whether it’s finances, family issues, or something that’s simply beyond your control.

In the articles he wrote he shared 8 changes he needed to make as a husband married to a woman with depression. The following quotes are from his article “A Spouse’s Response to Depression – Part 2”:

I had to learn to set aside time for Samantha.

This meant I needed to make her a priority in my life. She needs my time. This is how she is geared. I am not geared the same way. She needed to know that I would take the time to drop things to focus on her. This is a very hard step. Sometimes I came up with every possible reason why I couldn’t do it, but it is essential.

I had to learn to pray for my wife.

I actually had to learn how to pray from compassion and love for what Samantha was going through, instead of praying my selfish prayers. I am really good at praying selfishly. I had to learn to change that and pray for victory for her, not just for my own peace and harmony.

I had to learn to listen. Read More