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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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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