January 17, 2016

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: A Clean Sheet

Sometimes an eraser is not enough!  Have you ever been working on a drawing, and seemed unable to get things right?  You end up spend more time erasing than actually drawing.  Finally you start over on a new sheet of paper, and "magically" you are able to do what seemed impossible just moments before.  Erasing usually gets rid of what's on the surface of your paper, but often the hurdles we encounter go beyond the surface.  We develop a mental block in our drawing because of the mistakes we were making...and so often that snowballs into feelings of frustration and defeat artistically.  Somehow a fresh start on a clean sheet gives us the freedom to create like we were unable to before..more so than just erasing.  

So often we don't live as the "new creations" God has made us to be.  We allow our past to keep us from living out the life God has given us to live.  We allow the mistakes we've made to keep us from moving forward in what God has given us to do.  We allow those who knew us before to speak untruth into our lives about who we are.  The devil uses these things to defeat us before we've had a chance to fight.  However, this is what scripture says is true.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  old things have passed away & look, new things have come. 
 2 Corinthians 5:17

Turn the page....get a new sheet....mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!  God has made us new IN HIM!  The mistakes of the past are just that...THE PAST.  We can get hung up on our past mistakes and allow that to rob us of the joy we have in Christ.  We need to see ourselves as He sees us.  We need to accept this as truth to the very core of our being.  God did not just "erase" our past...he made us NEW CREATIONS....no mark or blemish.  Through Christ...we are spotless...a clean sheet!  How does this truth impact your life?  What are you doing with this gift?  What lies are you believing that are keeping you from embracing 2 Corinthians 5:17?


Dear Lord, Thank You for the fresh start!  
Thank You for the forgiveness sins.
I praise You for making me a NEW creation in You!
Please help me to let my past be my past, and not listen to the lies that try to keep me from living the new life You have for me. 

In Your Name

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