"Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2
“Get over yourself,” is something we used to say when someone was bragging or seemed overly preoccupied with themselves, whether it was over their popularity, reputation, faults, or their influence over other people - either positive or negative. Growing up in a small town was a little like living in a glass house. Everyone knew everyone else’s business, and judged them accordingly. Judgment hurts, so appearances quickly become very important to me, and I was good at masking my true feelings. So good, in fact, that I even masked my feelings from myself. I lost touch with who I really wanted to be because I was trying so hard to be what I thought everyone else wanted.
Imagine my surprise, recently, when I realized I was holding on to that old image of myself, always fearful my sins would come back to haunt me. Although I thought I had let it go, I had never truly separated my old self from the person God has forgiven and transformed. Because of that, I constantly struggled with guilt over old sins that God does not even see anymore, thanks to the Blood of Jesus. God, in His mercy, let me know that I needed to release that old self-image so He could bring a new breakthrough into my life. In the midst of my struggle, one of my friends even sent me a meme that said, “Be gentle. You are meeting parts of yourself that you have been at war with.” Wow! Talk about spot-on! And she didn’t even know what I was going through!
One morning, in the midst of my struggle, God told me, “I am giving you a new name. From now on, you are Victorious.” At the time, I felt anything but victorious, but I thanked Him and asked for His help in achieving total victory over my old self. Today, thanks to my loving and faithful Father, the fear of discovery has lost its power over me. If someone confronts me with a sin from my past, I can now honestly acknowledge it and say, “But thanks to Jesus, I’m not that person anymore.” I wish I could tell you this transformation happened all at once, but in truth, it has been a process. You see, unlike people, God doesn’t remind us of our guilt to condemn us. He reveals it to us little-by-little so He can help us work through it to liberate us from it. His goal is to free us from the stain of sin so we can become pure, holy and truly righteous, which is exactly the way He sees us when He looks at us.
His love is greater than anything we can imagine. You can trust Him, even if what He asks of you seems scary or runs counter-intuitive to what the world would tell you, He only wants the very best for you and would never ask you to do anything that is not for your highest and best good. Trust Him. He loves you so…
Prayer: My dearest and most gracious Heavenly Father, thank You so much for loving me so well. Thank You for opening my eyes to the Truth that You only have my very best interest at heart, and for revealing Your great love for me in so many ways. Fill my heart, mind and spirit with the faith, love and awareness of Your Holy Presence that can only come from knowing You as my Savior and Lord. I love You with my whole being and give myself unreservedly to You. I give You permission to transform me now, into whatever You want me to be, in Jesus’ holy name, amen.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away,
behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20