But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
Yesterday we talked about rest. Did anyone answer the question I posed? Are we really resting IN Him everyday? Do we really trust that He will take care of everything in our day? When we accept Jesus to be our savior, we invite Him IN. He comes into our heart and RESIDES. He then begins a good and perfect work right there in our own bodies. He starts renewing our minds, rejuvenating our souls and sending healing to our bodies. Why are we unable to grasp that from the moment we accept Him, He accepts us right where we are and He never leaves us on our own again?
I think one of the hindrances to us moving forward in God is our own vision of who we are. We know where we came from. We know our secret sins. We know our past, but guess what? So does Jesus and He still remains in love with us from the moment we said YES! It never changes. He never goes away! Why have we lost hope in US????
When will we stop and let Jesus refresh us? When will we allow Him to actually push that RESET button? We are no longer the person we were the moment we say yes to the open arms of Jesus. I don’t care who you were, it is who you are IN Jesus that matters now. Will you choose to accept this? Stop looking down at your old self from a pedestal of condemnation. I could pull out some verses to prove my point but it would take up all the words I have to use in this blog frame and you would stop reading…..
It is time to get with real with Jesus and decide once and for all that YOU MATTER. You matter to God. You matter to the body of Christ. You matter!!! You matter!! You matter!! You are of value. You have worth!! You are important. Stop dwelling on who you were and look forward to the new creation you are being made in Jesus.
I want you right now to take a deep breath! Go ahead, a slow deep breath. Close your eyes. Now envision Jesus standing right before you. Be refreshed. Be renewed. Be You!!!
Now, this is the hard part….let Jesus push that rest button. Go ahead. I triple dog dare any of you who think it’s not worth it! Now lastly, believe that you have been reset, refreshed and renewed!!
My desire for any one reading these blogs is that you come to find yourself IN Jesus. It does not matter what the world has to say about you, it only matters what Jesus is doing on the inside. We cannot come to fully love anyone else until we love who we are IN Christ. Today take time to be refreshed. Inhale, exhale, repeat..OFTEN!