Walk in Newness of Life

God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.  C.S. Lewis

As Christians, we are a new creation; we are no longer enslaved to our sin.  Although Satan will lie to us and tell us we MUST still give in to our sinful nature, Romans 6:11-14 makes it clear that we are dead to our old nature and that we are alive in Christ to a new way of life.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says that when we are tempted, that in His faithfulness, God will always provide a way out.

When we place our trust in the finished work of Christ to forgive and to change us, there is victory in the strength He provides. He has already given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), so we can stand firm against the temptation to sin. But, John gives us the reminder that if we do sin, we still have an advocate (1 John 2:2).  Because we are dead to sin, empowered to walk in a new life, and upheld by the Holy Spirit, we need not fear condemnation (Romans 8:1).

If you have been truly born again you have a new and holy nature, and you are no longer moved towards sinful objects as you were before. The things that you once loved you now hate, and therefore you will not run after them. You can hardly understand it but so it is, that your thoughts and tastes are radically changed. You long for that very holiness which once it was irksome to hear of; and you loathe those vain pursuits which were once your delights. The man who puts his trust in the Lord sees the pleasures of sin in a new light.  For he sees the evil which follows them by noting the agonies which they brought upon our Lord when He bore our sins in His own body on the tree. C.H. Spurgeon

Prayer: Father, thank you that you did not just save me from my sin and then leave me hopeless to change.  Thank you that You empower me to walk differently than I used to.  Thank you that your grace does not merely forgive my sins, but also continues to change me into Your image.  Thank you for the promise that You will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear, and that as I actively place my trust in you, I will see victory over temptation and sins.  You have redeemed me.  You are changing me.  I look forward to the day when I stand before you fully sanctified and pure.  Let that motivate me to a deeper life of holiness and Christlikeness.

[copyright, 2010, Emily Schankweiler; A Sacrifice of Praise]