Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1)~~ Today, the past ends. Today is the end of what was yesterday and tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning. As we leave the past and points of it behind, let us also leave behind the old identity which enslaved us in fear. Nothing can quite peg identity like fear – and its constant companion, shame – can. And that’s the big question. Who are you, really? An ineffective employee? A failed father? A basket case? A pervert? Damaged goods? Shame words try to name you, own you, and weigh you down.
But know this: you’ve been lied to. You are free from those things that ‘were’. You are not your old nature, for Christ has removed it completely in His perfect love and drives out fear. In Christ, you are HIS treasured possession. We were not meant to lug the weight of slavery around. Christ’s burden is easy; His yoke is light. You’re clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and when God sees you, He doesn’t see shame – He sees the perfection of Jesus. As part of God’s family, you are the beloved firstborn.
Rather than receiving the just judgment of the enslaved in sin, God has ransomed His Son in order for you to be with Him. In His eyes, the chaos of the past is behind you, and the enemy that is trying to enslave you has “already” been defeated. Forget about what the enemy screams at you from the chasm of the defeated!! Losers and haters – those who have already been beaten down – will always try to bring you to their level of misery! You are NOT a slave of who you used to be or what you used to do. Just like the Israelites’ enemies and their accusations were drowned in the Red Sea, the shaming, condemning words of your past life of slavery have been silenced in the death and resurrection of Christ. The slavery of the sins of yesterday ends today. Who you were ends today. And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5).