It's Sunday afternoon, and I just want to add an excerpt to our blog, so I thought I'd share a couple of verses that I've memorized as part of my current daily Bible study, Topical Memory System.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
When I became a believer in Christ in June of 2001, a dear friend and very quickly a father-figure, Pete Wright, had just shared his testimony with me, then inviting me to pray the sinner's prayer in order that I might come to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally. I jumped on the invitation (Praise the Lord!!), and I am eternally grateful for God's divine guidance in orchestrating that life-changing meeting!
After praying, Pete shared 2 Corinthians 5:17 with me over and over again, saying something like, "Shireen, you are a new creation...the old you is gone, and you are now alive in Christ!"
I knew this had to be important, but I didn't "get" it right then. Six and a half years later, I'm better understanding and yet still learning the depth of this truth. As I learn more and more about my Savior, I desire His desires; I desire to be like Him, holy, clean, pure, righteous...
What a gift! I still struggle each day with self and the world, BUT I have confidence that the Lord loves me and has called me to Himself to be HIS representative. So, onward I go, learning and living out the new life!
If you see me, encourage me, hold me accountable, join me! It's the most rewarding decision and prayer I've ever made!
God bless you!