Chapter 8 pages 149-150
2 Corinthians 5:17
Some years ago, as I read over a favorite scripture in the Bible – one I memorized, quoted and studied out.
The Holy Spirit said, “You don’t believe it.”
I began this exchange: “Yes I do.”
His response, “No you don’t.”
And of course I’d say, “Yes I do!”
That’s when He said “Go look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re Awesome!”
Immediately I thought that’s dead. Not happening. That’s dumb. But reluctantly I did or at least tried to. With my first attempt in the mirror “You’re Awesome”, I thought, what a liar. I couldn’t look at myself, say it and believe it. Not at first, but eventually, I did. And today I still do so as I brush my teeth or shave. If the LORD was frustrated with anything, which we know He’s not, it might be that we don’t believe what He says about Us in the Word.
Are you Born Again? Then check out what the Bible says about Us:
We are a NEW creation. 2 Cor. 5:17
We are the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor 5:21
We are holy. Heb. 10:10
We are Sons and Daughters. 2 Cor. 6:18
We have been redeemed. Gal. 3:13
We have a new identity. Eph. 1:5
We have a new nature.1 Peter 2:9
So in 2 Cor. 5:17 the word “NEW” describing our identity is Kainos (Kahee-nos’) and in Greek, it means: New, fresh in regard to form or quality, rather than new in reference to time which is conveyed by neos. I am so appreciative today for the time I spent incarcerated that afforded me the opportunity to know God through His Word. Whatever is going on in life, don’t let anything squeeze out His Word which has eternal value. Please share it with friends and encourage them too.
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