Have you ever been working on a drawing, and it seemed that you were unable to get things right? More time is spent erasing than actually drawing. Finally you start over on a new sheet of paper, and “magically” you are able to do what seemed impossible just moments before. Erasing usually gets rid of what’s on the surface of your paper, but often the hurdles we encounter go beyond the surface. We develop a mental blocks in our drawing because of the mistakes we were making, and often they snowball into feelings of frustration and defeat artistically. Sometimes a fresh start on a clean sheet of paper gives us the freedom to create like we were unable to before. The false starts, frustrations, and damaged tooth (texture of the paper’s surface) no longer linger. Sometimes an eraser is just not enough.
So often we don’t live as the “new creations” God has made us to be. We allow our past to keep us from living out the life God has given us to live. We allow the mistakes we’ve made to keep us from moving forward in what God has given us to do. We allow those who knew us before to speak untruth into our lives about who we now are. The devil uses these things to defeat us before we’ve had a chance to live out our new life in Christ.
However, this is what scripture says is true.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away & look, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Turn the page….get a new sheet….mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! God has made us new IN HIM! The mistakes of the past are just that…THE PAST. We can get hung up on our past mistakes and allow that to rob us of the joy we have in Christ. We need to see ourselves as He sees us. We need to accept this as truth. It is at the core of who we now are in Him. God did not just “erase” our past…he made us NEW CREATIONS….no mark, blemish, or trace of what was in His eyes. Through Christ…we are spotless…a clean sheet! How does this truth impact your life? How should it impact your life? What are you doing with this gift? What lies are you believing that are keeping you from embracing 2 Corinthians 5:17?