Sometimes your days seem to be repetitions of the earlier ones, as if there is no change. Doing the same thing every day and in the same way. You may feel you are not growing in life. We all sense this feeling occasionally, but some of us more often than others. Experiencing this daily can cause you to feel down and dry. You glance at your life and don’t see any progressive development. You long for a change, for a fresh feeling, and for the motivation to move forwards. But you do not know how to bring that about. Causing you to wonder: “what is blocking me from becoming a new person?”
This question shows you want a change without knowing where to start. Well, the best place to start is with a self-evaluation based on God’s Word. Instead of blaming anything or anyone around me, I do a self-check. I ask myself questions. “What am I doing that causes me to have certain feelings?” “What am I pondering in my mind?” “Is my life in line with God’s Word?” And I don’t stop questioning myself until I find the cause of my negative feelings. Only by recognizing the cause, then we can find the solution.
My place to go to is the Word of God.
What does God say about becoming a new person?
When I feel down or confused, or desperately need a change in my life, I read in my bible and check my lifestyle against God’s Word. I receive insights, encouragement, and solutions by reading and meditating on God’s Word. Often, I compare my life with God’s Word by asking myself questions: “What or who does God’s Word say I am?”, “Which directions does it give me?”, “Do I follow God’s instructions?”, “Do I believe I am who God says I am?”, “Did I take the steps to become the person God wants me to be?”
To become a new person is not about what we want or how we feel. It is about what God wants for us. God made us for a purpose, and He wishes us to live in that purpose. He requires us to live a new life in and with Him.
God’s Word says much about becoming a new person:
- You are a new person because you belong to Christ. The mere fact that you are born-again makes you a new person. It is as simple as that. The day you accepted Christ and became His, you became new.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”II Corinthians 5:17 (NLT).
- You must actively put on your new nature. God created you to be new in Him, but He expects you to walk in it and to embrace it. He wants you to live your new life.
“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”Ephesians 4:24 (NLT).
- While you study the word of God and get to know God better, you become automatically renewed and more and more like Him.
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”Colossians 3:10 (NLT).
If becoming a new person is so simple, then why do we struggle to become new?
What prevents us from becoming a new person?
If you feel like something is blocking you from becoming new, there is only one answer. It is you. You are the only person who prevents you from becoming a new person; most likely because of the way you think. Why? Because the way you think and use your mind determines the outcome of your life. It decides whether you will be renewed.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”Romans 12:2 (NLT).
Our own lives, our own mind, and our own behavior block us from becoming new persons. We don’t have anyone else to blame other than ourselves.
But what is it we do that prevents us from becoming a new person?
Several things can stop you in your process of becoming a new person:
Most likely, there are more things we do that cause us not to live a new life in Christ. It may not just be one thing that we do.
Several factors may be at play:
- Worldly behavior instead of focusing on God (Romans 12:2).
- Your thought patterns (Romans 12:2).
- Copying others instead of living your own identity (Romans 12:2).
- Unbelief (Mark 9:23-25).
- Sin (Ephesians 4:22).
Now that we have identified that we ourselves block our progress, we can do something about it. We don’t have to stay the same; we can take the steps to become a new person.
Seven steps to become a new person
So, then what should we do to remain new? Well, God made provision for that, in His Word:
“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT).
Based on this, we can take these seven steps to remain new:
- Recognize who you are in Christ.
- Believe it.
- Throw away your old life.
- Stop sinning.
- Let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
- Put on your new nature.
- Live in line with God’s word.
Once you have taken these seven steps, you have succeeded in becoming a new person.
And that comes with benefits!
Benefits of positively changing the way we think
“Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”Romans 12:2b (NLT).
When we think positive thoughts, in line with God’s Word, we will not only become a new person, but we will also reap benefits.
We will receive benefits to our spirit, soul, and body.
- Discerning the will of God (Romans 12:2b).
- Having a clear view of God’s goodness (Romans 12:2b).
- Growing closer to God and being more like Him (Colossians 3:10).
- Recognizing your identity in Christ (Colossians 3:2-3).
- Receiving life and peace (Romans 8:6).
- Increased confidence, knowing who you are in Christ (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10).
- Lower stress levels, knowing your life is in God’s hands (Psalms 31:15; 94:19).
- Better coping skills, knowing God is in control (Isaiah 41:10; I Peter 5:7).
- Happiness and enjoyment of life, knowing you have hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Healing of your body (Proverbs 15:13; 16:24).
- Medicine for your body (Proverbs 17:22).
Thank You, Lord, that You have made me new in Christ. The day I got born again, I became new. I embrace my new life in You. I put on my new nature, created to be like You.
Help me not to live my old way of life and not to copy behaviors of the world. Instead, Lord, transform me and help me change my way of thinking. I give myself wholly to You, spirit, soul, and body. I give you my everything.
By becoming a new person, I receive all benefits which come with it. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
©copyright 2021; Christel Owoo.
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