Our spiritual identity lays dormant until we accept Christ as our personal savior and surrender our flesh to the will of God. It is at that time our spiritual man is awakened and we begin our journey as Disciples of Christ. In my mind getting a new identity in Christ meant I couldn’t be me. It’s taken me years of healing and growth in the one who loves me unconditionally. He knows me and wants to use me to show Him on the earth. The Father wants us free from all the lies we believed to be our truth - self-protections and hurts we learned to hide behind. All of that hinders me from being the best Gizelle/LIZ I can be for my Father. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The word of God tells us what our new identity is once we become a child of God. However, we believe and conduct ourselves according to our experiences and believe what we have been told. Our belief system shapes us from a young child to the adults we become. We spend money and endless hours to better ourselves through self-improvement conferences and workshops - only to be unfilled, unsatisfied, and left wondering what to do next? When all we need to do is allow our spirit man in us to live through us. We need to trust God’s perfect will to be done in our lives. I know that involves asking the Father daily what that means for me. Believe me, I came kicking and screaming, dying to my flesh and the things that have protected me since I was a child and into my adulthood. I’m new, the new me is being healed of my old belief system and learning how to trust God’s plan for me and my life!
In the book Victory Over the Darkness by Neil T. Anderson, his chapter entitled “Something Old, Something New” tells us, “The change that takes place in us when we come to Christ involves two dimensions.
First, we have a new master. As mortals we have no choice but to live under a spiritual power--either our heavenly Father or the god of this world. At salvation, the believer in Christ experiences a change in the power that dominates life.
Second, there is an actual change in the nature of believers so that the propensities of their lives or the deepest desires of their hearts are now oriented toward God rather than toward self and sin.”
This brought freedom and change to my belief system that kept binding me to the lies of the enemy - depending on self and keeping my flesh free of change for my better. What are some of your “Something Olds” that keep you from your new?