L. A. Marzulli
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we are born from above, by the Spirit of the Living God something happens to us. We become a new creature and our old life, our habits, what we used to do, the desires of the flesh, pass away. He can and does make all things new! However, the enemy of our souls, the one who seeks to rob, kill and destroy us would like nothing better than to remind us of who we used to be, what we used to engage in, and he would love to see us go back into those old ways of life. For many Christians this is a constant struggle, as the old man or women, does not die easily. When the enemy begins to remind us of what and who we used to be this is a great verse to take from our “quiver” and fire it back at him! In other words, we proclaim: I am a new creature in Messiah, old things have passed away!
Even though the thought is in our minds, condemning us and the enemy may even have legal right to accuse us, we must fire that verse back at him, as our Father in heaven sees us righteous before Him, by the blood of the lamb, Jesus.
It will be 34 years this June that I became born from above and the old things in my life began to slip away. My friends at the time could not comprehend why I would no longer get stoned or the fact that I was no longer dropping “F” bombs, in my conversation. Here’s the incredible part, the Holy Spirit was the orchestrator of this, not me. It was by His power and His indwelling in me, that I began to change. It was He who took away my three pack a day cigarette habit, without withdrawal! It was He who began to close up the doors that I had opened while engaging in drug use and Eastern Mysticism. He can do this because: Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.
I believe these two verses can go together, as when the enemy attacks we can fire both these scriptures back at him. The enemy will always make us feel shame at what we have done in the past. He will bring it up to us and make us feel worthless. If we engage this thought, we can become depressed which can lead to a falling away from the Lord as feel unworthy. The enemy would like nothing better than to see us in this state as we then become self obsessed and then may allow the old man or woman to take-up residence in our thought life again.
However, these verses are powerful weapons when we pronounce them over ourselves. When we do we are proclaiming who we are in our Messiah and thus, will not buy into the lie that the enemy is trying to force upon us.
In closing todays Bun: He loves us and cares for us. His banner over us is love. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the one whom we have been waiting for and as we wait for His return, we can take a stand and proclaim we are new creatures and the old things are passed away.