I’m new and transformed #52Devotionals
Have you ever felt stack in the same old patterns of living an unproductive life you can’t even stand?
“Whoever Brings Blessing Will be Enriched” Proverbs 11:25
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I know I felt this way for a long time.
BEING A SLAVE TO SIN
I remember the night when the man I was sleeping with left my apartment to go back to his family.
It was a beautiful apartment on the fifth floor of Flats at Perimeter Place. Gorgeous city view. I hated it all! I hated myself!
That night changed the direction of my life forever.
I couldn’t wait till the guy left.
The whole place smelled like sin. I was a woman with no self-respect. I felt worthless.
I felt powerless to change things because it wasn’t the first time the guy was leaving my home to go back to his family. Not the second time and not the third time either.
Sin was my lifestyle… It was my master. I was a slave to sin.
I felt dirty and full of shame.
I wanted to put myself in the washer with bleach and disinfect myself somehow.
I wanted to be new.
I wanted to have a different life and I wanted to be different.
I wanted my lifestyle to be free from sin.
I just didn’t know how to go about changing and transforming myself and my lifestyle.
I felt completely powerless. A slave to sin … here I was … hating myself and my life. Exactly what John 8:34 says in the Bible: “… everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
I didn’t want to turn the lights on, avoiding my shame-filled, helpless self in a mirror.
I wanted to hide in the darkness and crawl under the bed so that no one could ever find me.
I was suffering from the pain of betraying myself by giving in to my sexual addiction.
I lived in sin and the result of it was more sin.
I was a slave to sin.
ACCEPTING JESUS INTO MY HEART
In my powerlessness and helplessness, I began weeping.
I fell on my knees in the dark living room with the only light coming from the outside city buildings.
I wept. I admitted out loud that I couldn’t live like that anymore.
I asked Jesus to come into my heart and change me.
I asked for a new life and new identity.
Several months later, I was baptized in front of 3000 people at Buckhead Church and declared to the world: “Sin is no longer my master.”
1 Corinthians 6:18 says this:
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”
That night, Jesus came into my heart and made me new. The Holy Spirit was now dwelling in my body. I realized that now my body became a temple of the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t sin against my body.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says this:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
By giving my life to Christ, by accepting Jesus as my Lord and savior, I became new.
BECOMING NEW, HOLY, AND RIGHTEOUS
My old identity of an adulterous woman was gone. I got a new identity as a child of God.
I remember jumping out of a plane on the day I was skydiving that Summer in 2014… I looked down and thought to myself: “I am a Princess, a daughter of the King of the universe, I am a child of God!”
Flying up there in Chattanooga, TN, I decided to get baptized.
In my baptism video a few months later, I was brave enough to declare the truth about me out loud.
“I am a Princess!” – I said in my baptism video.
People came afterwards to ask how I was so confident to say such a thing.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says this:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
I gave my life to Christ. I submitted to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I accepted the fact that when He bled and died on the cross, His blood washed away all my sin. Jesus made me new. He made my life story book as white as snow. Christ paid all my debt for all my sins. I was now in Christ, meaning I had a new identity and new qualities: righteousness and holiness.
LIVING A NEW LIFE
God’s grace saved me from slavery to sin. I was able, through the power of Christ, to no longer walk in Flesh but to choose to walk in the Spirit.
Romans 6:18 says this:
“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
In Christ, I have a choice to submit to the righteousness of God. Sin is no longer my master. I’m no longer powerless or helpless. I have a choice.
I still live in the sinful world. I’m still imperfect. But at all times, the choice is mine: to be a slave to sin (John 8:34) or to be a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:18).
I have a new identity and a new lifestyle, all by the grace of God through Christ.
Can you relate?
BEING TRANSFORMED BY GRACE
If my story of transformation speaks to you, remember this: you are powerless on your own, but with Christ, all things are possible for you.
God’s grace is available to you. You can have it. It’s already yours. You just need to reach out for God’s amazing grace by accepting Jesus as your lord and savior.
If you’re struggling with a lifestyle you hate, if you feel worthless and hopeless, if you became a slave to sin, today everything can change for you.
Fall on your knees and admit your sins to God. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior and you will be new. You can have a new life TODAY!
To help you put on your new self and walk in the righteousness and holiness of your new identity in Christ, I created a Biblical affirmation about this super-natural transformation.
If you gave your life to Jesus, memorize the Biblical affirmation below and practice it daily to remember who you are now and what lifestyle you choose to live.
I’m new and transformed
The grace of God empowers holiness in me.
Everything I owed through Christ has been redeemed.
I’m no longer walking in flesh like I was before.
I’m new and into a child of God I’ve been transformed.
I’d love to pray for your transformation. Let me know in the comments below how your journey unfolds.
Anna Szabo is the founder of Online Discipleship For Women, a Christian ministry committed to alleviating suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. Anna teaches how to create a joyful life by embracing God’s word based on her own journey of faith and fortitude.
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