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New Life

 

lifenChristWe do not need to let lies define who we are. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our imperfections. He doesn’t even see our failures and mistakes.

He sees beyond who we are and what we’ve done. He sees beyond who we have been to who we can become. We can become His very own children when we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. And when we believe Jesus is our Savior, God sees us for who we really are – who He made us to be.

He sees us for who we are in Christ. Just one glance at us and He sees His very own perfect Son, Jesus Christ, who took our place on the cross.  I deserved the death He died. I am the one who messed up. I am the one who is imperfect. I am the one who is broken. It was supposed to be my death on the cross… I fail… I make the mistakes… I deserved the punishment. Why did Jesus take my place…

God chose to look past all my iniquities because of Jesus. It is His unconditional love that saves you and me. With Christ, the devil is no longer a threat. God’s perfect love casts out all the fear and evil lies of the devil! We are released from Satan’s evil traps! The devil tries to deceive us into thinking negative thoughts about ourselves, but in our new life with Christ we are set free!

 

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Mistakes Happen

its-not-your-past-that-defines-youNo matter how hard I try, there is nothing I can do with absolute perfection. The fact is, I am very much a failure. I’ve messed up countless of times. I fall short constantly, and I never measure up. I am a broken person in need of a lot of help. I let fear and worry control the way I think and feel. I am filled with so much negativity. And you want to know my biggest and most serious flaw? What holds me back the most is that I believe the lies of the devil. This is all true about me, and maybe I am not the only one who is a broken person. Maybe you are struggling with things too (or maybe it’s just me) but just know we don’t have to dwell on the fact that we are fallen people. We cannot erase the mistakes we have made in the past, that’s the truth, but thank God there is Someone who can erase the mistakes from our past.

Our mistakes no longer define us when we accept that Christ is the One who took our place and died for us so that we could be made right with God. We are all messed up with our mistakes and this is why we need Jesus because in our brokenness, He can make us whole. He takes away all our mess ups and all our failures so that we are on longer defined by that. So with all my mistakes, all my failures, all my struggles, and all my brokenness, I am made whole when I accept the fact that I am a sinner, a person who makes mistakes, falls short, and experiences failure, and I am in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ, who took my place on the Cross and got what I deserved so I could have eternal life with God in Heaven. This is what He does for all of us! We are forgiven and set free from the mistakes, mess ups, and failures that held us back before because Jesus took care of all that.

[God] is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, New Living Translations)

In saying this, I hope you know that you have what it takes to overcome. Don’t let whatever happened in the past stop you. We all do things we may not be too proud about, and maybe it has left us with regret, but this doesn’t have to be the way we live our life. We can get up, learn from our mistakes, let it make us stronger, and keep pressing on, living this life we’ve been given with passion and purpose. We can do this together! Know that you are never alone! I’m praying for you and I believe God is working through your life to bring you the healing and transformation you have been looking for.


Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, stories, words of encouragement, etc., or any other Bible verse that comes to mind, and thank you for reading!