Thursday, July 15, 2021

2 Corinthians 5:17 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


This is a super familiar passage to me, but last night, God laid it on my heart again. I used to be counted out, but now I’m counted on, and all because Jesus counts me as one of His own! It is no longer evil sinner Stephen who lives but forgiven child of God Stephen that dwells in me!!! It’s nothing I did or could have done for myself but only the love of Jesus that could change me and my future. I relied on my own strength for far too long and eventually, every time, it failed me.


To me, the choice was I could either continue to walk in who I was or in who Christ is!!! One thing was certain: we both couldn’t rule my life, so I had to make a choice. I had to get out of the way in order for Christ to be King of my life. Stephen had to die so that Christ could live in him!! I was tired of struggling, so it was time to surrender.


This promise is so beautiful to me because it tells me who or what I was doesn’t matter anymore. It’s who He says I am now, and I am His!!! You don’t have to wait till we get to Heaven to get the, “new you,” but you can start right now by accepting Christ into your life! Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, but today, He promises you can become brand new in Him!


Isaiah 43:18-19 - “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.


Who doesn’t want to be brand new?


Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!




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