Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Tammy Webb-Witholt, author of our curriculum Lessons Learned, years ago moved out of a lesbian lifestyle and into a walk with God. She says, "If you had asked me if I was born gay, I would have given you a resounding 'yes.' Now I know I was not born gay, and I am not defined by the fact that I lived as a homosexual. When I came to God, He redefined me as a follower of Christ."
Often we define ourselves by a lifestyle, a role we play or some of our personal characteristics. Whether these definitions are painful or joyful, good or bad, represent success or failure ... they are comfort zones. And even when we come to Jesus, we might be reluctant to let go of them.
Consider this …
People in or coming from a homosexual lifestyle might consider the gay world a safe place. People caught in a workaholic mode base their worth on their own accomplishments and success - they feel more in control that way. But when they come to Jesus, it is vital for them to let go of those identities and come to recognize who they are in Christ.
Even though you may still be struggling with old habits, be encouraged to let go of the old definitions and know that your most important identity is in Christ. You are a new creation! God has a great plan for your life and he is worthy of your trust.
Father, I thank you for transforming me into a new creation when I became a follower of Christ. I still tend to see myself as "the old me." Please help me to see myself through your eyes - cleansed and made new. And help me remember that no matter what other roles I play in life, my number one identity is always "a follower of Christ." In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts were drawn from …Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality. It is also a great group for anyone desiring a deeper walk with God. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study.
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