I am new and transformed - Daily Devotional for Women by Anna Szabo of Online Discipleship for Women

Have you ever felt stuck in the same old patterns of living an unproductive life you can’t even stand? I know what it’s like because I felt this way for a long time. This daily devotional for women focuses on the meaning of being born again. I am new in Christ because I invited Him to be my lord and savior. If you placed your faith in Christ, you are new and transformed.

This daily devotional will reveal to you that no matter your past habits, lifestyle, decisions, or destructive thinking patterns, you are new and transformed through Christ by faith.

READ: What is Faith?

The format of this devotional is “self-examination.” I’ll be sharing my personal story of how I lived a destructive life and practiced many damaging habits because of my false beliefs about myself, yet, I became new and transformed by the grace of God through my faith in Jesus.

READ: Who Is Jesus?

The reason why I chose the self-examination format for my devotionals is that whenever people tell me how I should think, I feel preached to, but whenever they share about their own faith journey and breakthroughs, I feel touched by their story. God uses their experiences to transform me.

READ: My Testimony

I trust that sharing my failures, doubts, burdens, blessing, and spiritual breakthroughs with you in this Biblical devotional will encourage and empower you. I pray that you’ll be moved and inspired by my story of accepting my new identity in Christ, stepping into God’s unconditional love, and living in the power of Christ instead of my own power.

I am New and Transformed #52Devotionals Devotions for Women by Anna Szabo

Daily Devotional for Women: “I Am New and Transformed”

Life can get really tough when we feel stuck. In fact, I know what it feels like to not only be stuck but actually trapped in the old damaging habits, behaviors, thinking patterns, decision-making cycles, and overall lifestyle.

I came to the end of myself in 2014, fell on my knees, and wept.

What you need to know is that I was not raised in a church. My family was not a Christian family. I was raised by adulterous alcoholics and was abused regularly, even was encouraged to commit suicide… My life story is shared on this Christian blog for women in detail. Here are some things you may want to know.

My Story

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. 

READ: Sex Addiction Symptoms Explained

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. 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 both myself and my life.

Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

John 8:34

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 as My Lord and Savior

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 in Dunwoody, GA.

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 God for a new life and a new identity. God revealed to me that night who I truly am – a Princess, a daughter of the King of the entire universe. God taught me after that what He thinks about when He thinks about me.

READ: What Does God Say About Me?

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.” here’s my baptism video if you’d like to watch it.

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

1 Corinthians 6:18

That night, in April of 2014, in apartment 503 at Flats at Perimeter Place, Jesus came into my heart and made me new. The Holy Spirit was now dwelling in my body. I realized that my body was a temple of the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t sin against my body.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 2 Corinthians 5:17

By giving my life to Christ, by accepting Jesus as my Lord and savior, I became new. How was I new though? I still looked the same. I was still in my fleshly body. What changed and how exactly did it happen? Also, what did it mean to be new in Christ? I accepted Christ, I received the Holy Spirit, a new identity, and a new heart.

Let me explain.

Becoming New, Holy, and Righteous

My old identity as an adulterous woman was gone. I got a new identity as a child of God, a Princess, royalty. Let me tell you a story about being a Princess.

I remember jumping out of a plane on the day I was skydiving that Summer in 2014 after I gave my life to Christ. I jumped and I was flying… I looked down on the far-away greenery and houses and microscopic people, I looked at the clouds around me, and my body flying in the air… It was a miracle. I 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 the sky 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 afterward to ask how I was so confident to say such a thing. 

Let me tell you how.

Being New In Christ

I believe that the Bible is God-breathed word. All of it, meaning 100% of the Bible, is true, as far as I’m concerned. That’s why I always reference the word of God, the Bible, the sacred book ancient wisdom. Let’s examine the scripture.

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.

Ephesians 4:22-24

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. I was now a part of God’s royal family.

God is the King of all kings.

I am His daughter.

I’m a Princess.

Living a New Life Through Christ

God’s grace saved me from slavery to sin. I was able, through the power of Christ, to no longer walk in the flesh but to choose to walk in the Spirit. It has been a journey ever since. I take it one day at a time. I must always remember to abide in Christ and live a new life through Him. In my own power, I’m weak. In Christ, I am strong and can do all things.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:18

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 same 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). This is explained in great detail through my Christian coaching model called ITCEBO. Click below to download the high-resolution PDF that illustrates our free will and the consequences of our choices.

ITCEBO model by Anna Szabo - How to think about thinking
What does the Bible say about becoming a new creation?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

What does it mean to be a new creation in Christ?

Being a new creation in Christ means that once you accept Jesus as your lord and savior, you get the new Spirit, new heart of flesh, and new identity as a child of God. The Holy Spirit then guides you to live in new ways that are God -honoring and be God’s glory on display.

What does it mean to be born again?

To be born again means to die in the flesh and be born in Christ with the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, having a new heart of flesh instead of your old heart of stone, and assuming a new identity as God’s royal heir, a disciple of Jesus, an ambassador for Christ, and God’s coworker.

Being Transformed by God’s Grace

I have a new identity and a new lifestyle, all by the grace of God through Christ. My life has nowt been perfect but it’s been a blessing. I wake up and go to bed with God, filled by hope, living by faith and not by sight. I have peace and joy. And I am able to encourage and empower thousands of people through this Christian ministry for women.

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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. God is good, that’s why He led you to me.

READ: God Is Good. Or Is He?

If you’re struggling with a lifestyle you hate, if you feel worthless and hopeless, if you’ve become 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 supernatural 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 Am New In Christ

"I Am New and Transformed" #52Devotionals

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.

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How does it make you feel to know that you are new in Christ? If this devotional was helpful, download all #52Devotionals now. I’d love to pray for your transformation. Let me know in the comments below how your journey unfolds. God bless!

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