" Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone! A new life has begun!"
---2 Corinthians 5: 17
A New Day
I have a Joyce Meyer perpetual daily calendar of devotions. I read this on January 29, and was absolutely overjoyed because I finally "got it". I will share this with you now.
As a Christian, according to the Bible, you are a new person now. As A "new creation" you don't have to allow the old things that happened to you keep affecting you new life in Christ. You have become a "new creature." Rejoice! It's a new day!
What that is telling me is that I no longer have a problem with food. I don't have to have a problem with food. From here on out I can look at myself as a healthy person, one who wants to keep my body fed with only good things, both physically and spiritually. I no longer have to use food as a comfort . My comfort comes from the Lord. There are so many more productive and healthy ways to work through feelings instead of eating.
Does this mean I can now abandon my eating program, the 12 steps, Spark, and Weight Watchers? No, not at all. In fact these tools and gifts I have been given are even more important. God lead me to all these wonderful tools, gifts, and people to help me not go back into my past.
Yes, I am a new creation, a new person, a new me. Why would I want to do anything to go back to my "old " way of thinking and acting, Why would I want my addiction to other people, places and things rob me of the joy I feel today? That would be an insane thing to do. I an finished with insane behavior.
Thank you so much for making me a new person when I accepted you as my Lord and Savior when I was 12 years old. I have renewed that commitment many times throughout my life, and each time I become more aware of your teaching and your love for me. I can never thank you enough, but I can continue on this journey of Temple Maintenance. When I want to overeat, help me to remember to take you hand and hold on tight so I won't be temped to act on going back to that "old" person again. That Elayne is gone foreve. Praise God !