You Are a New Creation in Christ

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four female friends navigating life’s challenges. Bernadine played by Angela Based is facing
the end of her marriage as her husband of many years is leaving her for his mistress. As she transitions through this trying season
she makes a dramatic decision. She cuts off her hair. And this wasn’t just a small cut. She had serious length that she then transforms
into a short pixie cut. This was a dramatic change that paralleled
all the drastic changes to her life and to herself. Like Bernadine, when we think of changing
ourselves we often think of getting a new haircut, buying new clothes, trying out a
new makeup or even changing our name. But all of those are outward expressions that
simply only cover up a deeper work within us that may need to happen. If we want real change in our lives, I hate
to sound cliche but, we have to look in the mirror. If you’re in a season where you know something
has to give, something has to change, you’re saying to yourself as I move forward I can’t
do life like I did last year then that change starts with you. Now this is actually good news because the
only person you have control over is you. Now we don’t always believe that. I can hear you now, But Christina if my husband did this more
or if my boss would stop doing this or if I wasn’t in this situation, or if that hadn’t
happened to me then I wouldn’t act or talk or think like I do. Listen, I don’t want to take away your past
or current experiences or downplay any pain or hurt you may have experienced or are experiencing
but I do want to remind you that you have way more power than you give yourself credit
for. You do not have to be a victim of your circumstance
and God has given you the power to rise above so that you can experience peace and joy even
if your circumstance doesn’t change. So how does God enable us to do that? He changes us. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 tells us “Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has
come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled
us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was
reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting
to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,
God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled
to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew
no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ You Beloved, are new in Christ! And as the scripture explains this newness
is for anyone in Christ. Not a select few, but anyone. You are not your past
You are not your mistakes You are not someone else’s mistake
You are not all the bad things that happened last year or the last 10 years When you accept Christ into your life, God
no longer sees you. He sees the righteousness of His son when
He looks at you. God delights in you as if you never sinned
and always obeyed. You don’t lose your personality when you accept
Christ into your life but you gain His righteousness. So we’re like a ball of clay that a potter
forms into a jar. It’s still the same material. It’s just something new with a new shape,
form, and functionality. It’s still clay but now it can do things it
previously could not do until the potter used his own hands to mold it and shape it into
something new and useful. God does not need to erase your past. He is in the business of using our past and
our mistakes and our old ways to make something new. Moreover He will make us new despite our old
ways. Where there was once guilt, there is now forgiveness. Where there was once shame, there is now freedom. Where there was once rejection, there is now
acceptance. Where there was once confusion, there is now
security. Where there was once fear, there is now love. This is your reality. This is our reality. This is the newness that Christ offers. We already have it. We were made new the second we accepted Christ. But we can’t truly experience that newness
until we know who we are in Christ and what we have because of His act of love for us. If we want to be changed from the inside out
we have to throw away the lies we believe about God and ourselves, and even the lies
others believe about us and accept God’s truth. Thanks so much for watching and stay tuned
for a sneak peek at next week’s video. Today’s study is from our series titled
“All Things New: Understanding the God of New Life, new ways, and new mercies”. It’s easy to just accept things the way they
are and to keep doing things the way they have always been done. But if we do, we will never grow into the
women God’s calling us to be. If you’re ready to break old cycles and live
fully in the new life promised to us in Christ we invite you join us in studying “All Things
New”! To watch this entire series with full length
videos, printable study guides and to join our online discussion visit Now enjoy your sneak peek at next week’s
video. I don’t care what you’ve done in the past,
Jesus came so you can be made new. And He doesn’t just want to change your behavior. He wants to change our heart and mind. We can start the New Year by only modifying
behavior but that change will not last long if we don’t change our hearts and minds to
align with God’s truth. I encourage you to pray to

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