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Today’s Truth

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

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Do you remember the day you came to saving faith? Perhaps you’re still considering a relationship with Jesus. Perhaps you can’t even remember a time when you didn’t know Him. For me, it was on a summer night when I was fourteen years old.

When I think about how God brought me out of a home filled with alcohol, rage, and hostility into this wonderful relationship with Jesus, I’m amazed. The sheer wonder of it stokes my passion for Jesus and gratitude to God every time I tell it.

But here’s what you need to know. Just because I became a Christian when I was fourteen, does not mean that my feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy went away—the girl who had a filter of worthlessness over her mind and heart. When I made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, those feelings did not dissolve like springtime snow. As a matter of fact I didn’t even know those chains were there. I simply knew that something wasn’t quite right. I was held hostage by my self-perceived deficiencies and didn’t even know it.

After the initial excitement of making a commitment to Christ settled down a bit, I actually felt a little worse about myself. (I’m being honest. I always will.) Now I added a new “I’m not good enough” to the list of my inadequacies. I’m not a good enough Christian, I decided. I can’t memorize Scripture like other people or pray like other Christians. I keep struggling with the same old insecurities. I know God loves me, but I don’t think He likes me very much. Why should He? I don’t like me much either. The problem was, as the song says, I was stuck on a feelin’. I walked through life prodded by my emotions rather than led by the Truth.

Through the years, I learned to compensate for my insecurities and self-perceived inadequacies. However, if you had seen me as a teenager—my achievements and accomplishments—you would have never known that I felt that way about myself. Even though I had the borders of the puzzle in place with the promise of heaven, I felt like I was missing key pieces to complete the picture.

From the time I was fourteen until I was in my early thirties, I always felt like there was something wrong with me spiritually. I had an uneasiness—like I had walked into a movie twenty minutes late, trying to figure out what was going on. I wondered why I struggled to live the victorious Christian life. By my mid-thirties, I had a wonderful husband, an amazing son, and a happy home life. I attended Bible studies and even taught a few. But in my heart, I knew something wasn’t quite right. I wonder if you’ve ever felt that way.

Simply put, I was stuck. I was stuck in my spiritual growth and the harder I spun my wheels, the deeper they sank in the muck and mire of the land of in-between—saved from slavery of Egypt but never quite making it to the Promised Land. And then God brought another woman into my life to shimmy the plank of truth under my tires and help me get on my way.

God wants to show you truths about your true identity, His timeless sufficiency, and your pre-ordained destiny that flesh and blood cannot reveal. He sits by the well waiting for you to show up—to dip down deep and pour out the affirmation you’re thirsting for—affirmations that call you to let go of the hindrances that hold you hostage, take hold of the promises that set you free, and live bold with that faith you’ve always longed for.

He’s looking for men and women who are not only willing but hungrily yearning to step outside of the quiet, settled, predictable faith and into the boldly believing, courageously confident, and miraculously powerful adventurous faith. Those who will take hold of what they’ve already got—of what Jesus has already taken hold of for them.

One thing that you have is a new identity in Christ.

You are a saint.

You are chosen.

You are dearly loved.

You are holy.

You are reconciled through Christ’s life.

You are justified by Christ’s blood.

You are free from condemnation through Christ’s death.

You have the mind of Christ.

You can do all things through Christ.

Today, take hold of these truths and allow God to transform your mind. You are not meant to simply hang on by the skin of your teeth until Jesus comes or calls you home. You are meant to let go of the past, move forward in the present, and live bold!

Let’s Pray

God, thank You for saving me! Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the way You rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of Your Son. But sometimes I get stuck on a feeling. I get stuck feeling more like the old me than the new me. Help me to let go of my feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy and take hold of the truth of who I am as a child of God.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Did you notice that today’s truth has an exclamation mark after it? I didn’t put it there, Paul did. Why do you think he did that?

Click on this link to see a comprehensive list of you true identity as a child of God.

Which one gives you the most hope?

Which one is the most difficult for you to believe?

Even though it may be difficult, is it true?

I’m hoping you said “yes.” Now, take hold of that truth.

Click over to my Facebook page and declare one truth about your new identity as a child of God.

More from the Girlfriends

On the outside, many of us are well-put-together churchgoers with trendy shoes, beautiful families, and wide, white smiles. On the inside, we’re little girls hesitating at the edge of the playground, wishing we could join in, but feeling something’s not quite right. We don’t know how to truly take hold of the “life to the full” that Jesus offers us. So we settle for a life that’s . . . less.

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5 Responses to “Let Go of The Old You, Take Hold of the New”

  1. Roxanne says:

    Reading this is like reading a page from my own book of life. Growing up with the alcohol, hiding in closets & bedrooms for protection from the hostility that was inflicted on our mother, police escorts out of the house at times, etc. It wasn’t until my 40s when I officially came to Christ and yes the feelings of not good enough, insecurities and not feeling like I’m part of anyone’s life still muddies my life. It’s a daily challenge surrendering the past to Him and not let it dictate my future. One I seem to be struggling with more so of late. I want to take hold of His promises and stop succumbing to days or weeks of doubts that pop up out of the blue.

    Struggling to truly accept love and accept I am loved.

  2. NAOMI says:

    Thank you for sharing!!! Never imagined that other christians felt like I do… It is like reading my own story…. except of the great accomplishments and great husband. I have survived the lost of my mother at early aged, childhood abused (in all its levels), the killing of my only brother, the alcoholic husband who i thought he was verbally and financially abusive because of alcohol….
    God tried to save me from the las 2 experiences but I didn’t trust HIM, even thou I have always believe in Him.

    Became christian about 6 yrs ago but continue feeling unworthy, useless, not enough…… God has been calling me to heal, to move beyond all that casualty, i thought if I’m a christian i supposed to know how. I saw how other christians have a smile at all times, how they live in joy regardless of their circumstances. I wonder, what is it? what’s the secret? what have they figured it out and I haven’t?……. Then on the weeks before Easter our Pastors were preaching on the transformation that comes form the power of the Holy Spirit when we say YES to JESUS and some members shared their testimony…… Realizing that is not me who has to do the transformation, that is JESUS , that all I have to say is YES and totally empty myself of me and let Him fill me with HIS SPIRIT is the reason. Last couple weeks have been praying different, can’t wait to see what God has plan for me…..

    Thank you for your ministry and all the work you do in the name of Jesus, May God continue blessing it

  3. Ro says:

    Thank you so much for this, Sharon. I felt like I was reading my OWN story…ALL of it. I am forever grateful for the love of Christ, and how finally, I was able to get to a place where I could see that I am so very loved. It took me a bit longer to find Him (age 30…I’m now 43), but the good news is I got there! With that, I just can’t keep it all to myself…I work at sharing the love of Christ with others and it makes my heart sing to show others how very loved they are, too! I’ve now seen too many miracles, life transformations, and healing that only God can do. How CAN we keep that to ourselves? Like King David, I sing His praises in every way I can.

    Thanks, again, for such a beautiful post. I’m sharing it on Facebook to hopefully help others have hope, if they are in a place of despair or self-doubt.

  4. Kathy says:

    Sometimes that “stuck on a feeling” comes in haunting phrases or words that continue to surface from time to time. You know they are lies but they still surface. “You don’t know what you are talking about!”….they can make you someone you don’t wish to be..angry, depressed, feeling of hopelessness and … the spiral continues.
    Seeking, praying and leaning on the “truths” from His Word is the only hope!
    Thank you for sharing this today.

  5. Marie says:

    I am so happy I found your daily devotion to keep me on track. I have always had Faith for others never really in me when it came to the little things in life. Realizing this year how worthy I am and what his promises are that those desires within me are to come to pass it’s not just my imagination of what I would like.

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