Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Old Self

Saturday night, I had the chance to speak to the Shady Grove Church of God in Smith County and had a wonderful time. The church is in the middle of a building program and was using the Saturday night event to help raise money for new pews in their church and I was honored to be a part of it. One of the things I spoke about was the importance of serving.

Have you allowed your past to keep you from serving God? Have you thought because of where you've been or what you did, that you would always be a second-class citizen in the kingdom of God? Are you afraid someone will find out what you were or how you used to be? Anyone who did would have to open up a coffin because that's where the old you lies--it's dead. Romans 6 tells us that your "old self" died and that a new you has been raised from the dead to walk in newness of life.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:18, "All these things are from God," so anyone who comes against you will have to do battle with God. And if God is for you, who is against you? And does it really matter? Romans 8:33-34 says, "Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was rasied, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us."

Don't buy the lies of Satan as he uses other people to get to you. Listen to God and believe Him. Know who you are in Christ---a new creature, if you are His child. Thank God! We are not what we used to be!

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