MARK MY WORDS! I, PAUL, TELL YOU THAT IF YOU LET YOURSELVES BE CIRCUMCISED, CHRIST WILL BE OF NO VALUE TO YOU AT ALL. AGAIN I DECLARE TO EVERY MAN WHO LETS HIMSELF BE CIRCUMCISED THAT HE IS OBLIGATED TO OBEY THE WHOLE LAW. YOU WHO ARE TRYING TO BE JUSTIFIED BY LAW HAVE BEEN ALIENATED FROM CHRIST; YOU HAVE FALLEN AWAY FROM GRACE
These are the revelations that have helped me to change: First, I realized that the father-of-lies has formed in me an OLD MAN—a corrupted being shaped by beliefs of condemnation, shame, and abandonment: “I am bad. I do not count. I have been left.” Second, I noticed that these negative, destructive OLD MAN beliefs in my mind produced pain, shame, and distress in my heart. Third, I understood the meaning of sin: TO REACT TO THE OLD MAN beliefs by trying in vain to make myself good, acceptable, and worthy.
BUT BY FAITH WE EAGERLY AWAIT THROUGH THE SPIRIT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR WHICH WE HOPE. FOR IN CHRIST JESUS NEITHER CIRCUMCISION NOR UNCIRCUMCISION HAS ANY VALUE. THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS IS FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF THROUGH LOVE
Receive the GOOD NEWS. The Lord Jesus Christ knows about the painful beliefs of abandonment, shame, and condemnation that are causing you to sin—that are causing you to look for your own righteousness, acceptability, and worth. He nailed the OLD MAN to the cross, to give you His Acceptability, Righteousness, and Worth, through FAITH.
KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM
How have you been reacting to the painful OLD MAN beliefs the father-of-lies has formed in you, since childhood? What have you been trying to do, in vain, to deem yourself righteous, acceptable, and worthy?
Do you want to change? Then, let Him nail YOUR OLD MAN to the cross. Let Him circumcise your heart. Let Him give you HIS Acceptability, Worth, and Righteousness, for nothing YOU do will get rid of your OLD MAN. The only thing that counts is…FAITH!
PRAYER: Lord God, help me to understand that I cannot achieve Your Righteousness, Worth, and Acceptance through my own laws. Help me to accept that You are the only one who are Worthy, Righteous, and Acceptable to come and live these attributes in my heart, in FAITH.
Maintain an Awareness
The Bible calls it the OLD MAN. It makes us feel like a powerless CHILD. It is the reason we believe we are abandoned, bad, rejected, and shamed. It is the reason we feel mad, bad, and sad. It is the reason neither life, nor death, makes sense.