Do you have issues like fear, hatred, despair, and jealousy in your heart? I have had all these things combined living in my heart. You are not alone!
FOR IF, WHEN WE WERE GOD’S ENEMIES, WE WERE RECONCILED TO HIM THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON, HOW MUCH MORE, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED, SHALL WE BE SAVED THROUGH HIS LIFE!
For a long time after I had become a Christian, I believed that my sins had been forgiven…now I was on my own. Jesus did His job…now it was my turn to do mine—to start the process of getting rid of my hatred, jealousy, fear, and despair.
However, my Perfect Father showed me there was MUCH MORE than just forgiveness that was available to me. The Lord Jesus was not done with His job in me. In fact, it had only begun! I was reconciled through His death…now I needed to be saved through His Life.
THROUGH CHRIST JESUS THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE SET ME FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH
Understand that fear, hatred, jealousy, and despair do not live in your heart as single separate entities. Instead, these are emotional reactions to the OLD MAN—the set of negative, destructive beliefs instilled in your mind by the father-of-lies.
KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, THAT HENCEFORTH WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN
Child, celebrate that I, Jesus, redeemed you from the OLD MAN. I took the negative, destructive beliefs form the father-of-lies upon Me; then, nailed them to the cross with Me, so that you do not have to live your life reacting to them in hatred, jealousy, despair and fear anymore. Then, I came to replace the OLD MAN with My Life in your heart.
Are you struggling with jealousy, hatred, fear, and despair? What are the negative, destructive OLD MAN beliefs supporting these painful emotions? Remember, the heart feels what the mind believes.
What would it take for you to take your OLD MAN beliefs to the cross and hand them over to the Lord Jesus where they have been crucified?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I rejoice that You came to redeem me from the OLD MAN, the set of negative, destructive beliefs that are responsible for the hatred, jealousy, despair, and fear in my heart. I lay these OLD MAN beliefs down at the cross to which You have already nailed them, so I may be set free from the law of sin and death….and live.
Maintain an Awareness
Often times, we use the same defense mechanisms we saw our parents or other authority figures use, during our childhood lives. If they hid behind a smile to pretend that everything was OK, we learned to do the same.