“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin,” Romans 7:19-25.
Many of us walk this life not really knowing who we are.
Our self-image is typically formed by the families we came from and the particular types of jobs that we have done.
And yet when we come to Christ we then are becoming a new creature in Him, and this process is unfolding each and every day.
It is a whittling away of the old man as we begin to realize that we are now new in Him.
We know that there is a constant struggle spiritually as the old man still attempts to rise to the top and live his life within us.
We hear phrases like, “the old man was nailed to the cross,” and while this is true in terms for theological purposes, the reality is that he is still there trying to show himself.
For you see, our identity now is with the One that we now call as our Lord. Our very spirits are now being joined with Him, and our minds are being transformed daily as the old is being done away with.
And yet perhaps we so easily forget the power and the presence that we now can tap into and simply go about our daily lives as if these things are not present.
But as we seek His presence and Spirit, we can notice that deep within the new man is there, ever ready to go onto new heights.
But it is not us that is now walking out this new life, it is He that is joined in with us in the new man.
That creature formed from the new life now is living out that life, and every day he grows as he is nurtured by the Word and The Spirit of The Living God.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?