Taking Off The Old, Putting On the New

 

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Ugh! Not that feeling again! You know the feeling right? The “you-feel-your-stomach-drop and your heart breaks” feeling? It’s the feeling you get when you continue to seek after that those things in your life that you know won’t fulfill. For me, that one of those things I continue to seek after is being accepted and included. I can look back over the years, in almost every season of life, and tell you how I was trying to fit in and be accepted.

I’ve always struggled with my identity. I used to think, “If I was just accepted into that one group”, or “If I was included in that one event”, it would fix all the times I didn’t feel like I fit in or would cover the hurts of being excluded. It may not be the same scenario for you, but trust me; I know there is probably something else.

Why Do I Struggle?

The answer is because there is a real enemy that we face every day. His name is Satan and he doesn’t want us to experience or walk in what I’m about to tell you. (If you want to learn more about this enemy, I encourage you to read Ephesians 6:11-16; Revelation 12:9; Genesis 3 and John 8:44 and then write out what you learn about Satan/serpent). Our enemy will try to use good gifts, given by God, to distract us and cause us to desire the gift instead of the Giver. But because those things weren’t created to satisfy our deepest longings, we will always be searching for the next best thing.

It’s Getting Old, I Need Something New

 

Ephesians 2:1-7 says

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”.

God saved us by His grace so that He can show us His grace! He freed us from death and being bound to sin and darkness and walking according to the course of this world. He raised us up and made us alive in Christ- HE is our identity! Our identity is in Christ which equals freedom from following the world’s standards or letting the enemy trick us into thinking that we will find our identity in something other than Christ.

I’m not trying to say that we won’t ever struggle with our old identity. I have days where I have to remind myself “Hey LT, you have put on the new self (which is in Christ Jesus), stop looking for false identity”. It does mean, however, that our new identity in Christ is WAY better than any old and worldly identity. Unlike the old, the new identity will never fade away or change from one season to the next. Our new identity means that we are one with Christ and to continue to search for our identity in the world cannot and will not work.

To help in believing in the new identity, try memorizing and preaching this verse to yourself over and over again:

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things of earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ…and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” – Colossians 3:1-3; 10

 

Lindsey, born and raised in Michigan uprooted and moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2011. Lindsey first came to Transform Student Ministries as a student at our summer camp. She has served on staff at many of our events, interned in the summer of 2011 and is now on staff full time at Precept Ministries International. If I could describe Lindsey in one word, it would be Passionate. This girl lives full on, and it shows in all she says and does! 

 

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