Daily Promise – September 10 – Your old life has ended

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Promise #253:
Your old life has ended and now everything is new in Christ.

Just think of this promise. Everything of your old life has ended and all things have become new. In this Bible passage, the Apostle Paul isn’t talking about our natural life but our spiritual life. When we received the free gift of Jesus Christ into our lives, there was a transformation that happened on the inside of each one of us.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead gave new life to our spirit man and we became baptised into the body of Christ. At that very moment, everything of our ‘old nature’ died, and a new life began. While this is a wonderful picture of our salvation, many of us still struggle with remnants of our old ways seemingly still alive and well in our soul.

Old thought patterns, familiar false beliefs, etc. seem to dominate our minds. The truth is that while these struggles are real, in actual fact, they are but just residue from our former life. The only power that they continue to hold over us is the power that we give them by agreeing with these thoughts. That is why we are called to not be conformed to this world any longer but transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:1-2).

May today be the day when our inner man, a new creation in Christ, rises up and declares the truth of who we truly are! May God give us the courage today to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and rise up and receive our destiny as a joint-heir of Jesus. The truth really is that our old life has ended and all things have become new in Jesus Christ our Lord!


Verse of the Day – Fix our eyes on Jesus

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our
faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning
its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
— Hebrews 12:2

Who is your hero? I’m not asking for the Sunday school class
answer, but the person you most actively admire! It is hard to “fix
our eyes on Jesus” because he is not here where we can see him like
other heroes. But he was the ultimate adventurer and trailblazer.
He faced the horrific penalty and shame of the cross, taking away
our sin! He did it so that we could have a hero that death and sin
could not destroy, mar, or taint. He did it so that we could be
confident that if we follow in his footsteps, the trail he blazed
wasn’t just for him, but for us, too!

Holy God, forgive me when I chase what is false and let my focus
shift from Jesus as my ultimate hero. I want to honor and serve
him, having his life come alive in me, so that others may know the
confidence that comes in having Jesus as their Lord. Words cannot
express my gratitude to my Lord for his sacrifice and the horrible
price he paid for my sins. Neither can words express my jubilation
at his trailblazing victory that assures that I will someday be
with you forever! It is in his name, Jesus Christ, that I pray.