Defining Our Past

Jesus’ finished work on the cross defines our past as passed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

Our past does not define us. It doesn’t matter how we were raised, what has happened to us, how we were sinned against, nor what sins we ourselves have done. Not anything from our past defines us. We find our true identity IN Christ, through His death, burial, and resurrection. When we live in who we are in Him, and what He has done for us, we enter into the fulness He bought for us.

Ephesians 1:7 says, “IN Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of Him you are IN Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”

This morning I wrote Romans 4:24-25 in my journal. It is the ‘therefore’ of Romans 5:1-2. “But also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and raised because of our justification.”

Going on in Romans 5:1-2 it says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand…”

Our standing is our true identity. We are pure, holy, righteous: because He forgave us our sins. How do you see yourself? Do you look through the eyes of your past, or from the truth of God’s word?

Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Therefore, as we memorize God’s pure word, we internalize His truths. Our thoughts and actions will rise up to agree with our standing.

The more His word is worked into our hearts, the lies we have believed from our past will be exposed. Past lies bind and hinder our walk with the Lord. He set us free (standing) to walk in truth that will keep us free. It is experiential truth: truth that we have laid hold of in our hearts that change our state of mind.

We are pure and undefiled in our standing. We have to over write our old way of thinking. It is called “renewing our mind” and truly see ourselves in our standing in Christ. Memorizing and meditating on His word intentionally aligns our thoughts and feelings with truth. Psalm 15:2 is the result. It says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.”

Our heart is our belief center. When what we believe lines up with God’s word, we will cling to Him and trust Him with our whole being: mind, will, emotions. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

If you see yourself though the eyes of your past, you are deceived and controlled by the lies you believe. We are declared righteous. We stand in His righteousness–not our own. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…”

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