Next Step Bible Study - Day Three - YOU ARE CHANGED
The Creator of the Universe has watched over you every moment up until now, and kept you close to His heart all this time. If you are reading this devotional - your spirit has ALREADY been made ALIVE through the Power of God Almighty, in the name of Jesus Christ! Woo Hoo! You are a new creation and ALL of Heaven is PARTY-ING with you over you choosing Jesus and so are we!!!
I ask you to take a thoughtful moment to read the following sentence :
“Who I was, before I invited Jesus Christ into my life, is NOT who I am any more.”
Scripture says in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Now, in our falling, all of us have made mistakes. Scripture also tells us, in 1 Peter 5:8, that “we have an adversary, the devil” - who’s whole purpose is to cause division between you and your Creator and cause ultimate death in you (John 10:10). This same enemy will try and use your mistakes against you, and tries to call you by names associated with your past - which you should NO LON- GER RESPOND TO. All the enemy can use against you is trickery and deception and those attacks come in your thoughts.
Do any of these names resemble accusations you’ve heard in your head before.
Names like : “liar”, “cheater”, “adulterer”, “thief”, “fornicator”, “gossiper” ... and the list goes on.
Well, if so - I am here to tell you this: THE MOMENT YOU ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART AND CHANGE YOU, you were cleansed of your past sins, forgiven and justi ed (made like new, just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned) AND you were given NEW names to answer to. YES - you no longer have to answer to any of those old, shameful names again!
As I list some of the new names that your creator calls you, listen to them, let them sink in REAL deep! Get used to them because YOU ARE A NEW CREATION!!) Say out loud... “I am Holy”, “I am Anointed”, “I am Chosen”, “I have been Called by God”, “I am Royal”, “I am a Holy Nation, a Royal Priesthood” - yup!! He’s talking about YOU!!!
Scripture tells us, in 2 Corinthians 10:5, to “take EVERY thought CAPTIVE and MAKE IT OBEDIENT to Christ. You do this by stopping the negative thoughts in their tracks. You then choose to speak “OUT LOUD” the exact opposite (which is the Truth of Jesus found in His Word). Romans 10:17 tells us that “faith comes by HEARING and HEARING by the WORD OF GOD!” So as you are speaking out The Word of God your faith is growing! As you practice this discipline, you will begin to start walking in His con dence, with His blessing and you will see the fruit of LIFE popping up everywhere!
Please pray this prayer with me : “Heavenly Father - I thank You for ALL You’ve done for me. I ask You, Holy Spirit, to please show me more of Your truth about Who I Am In Christ so that I can make it my habit to speak it out over myself, and believe it. I ask this in the strong and mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen”