Throughout my life, I have dealt with depression and anxiety, and there were times when I allowed them to rule over me. Those were times when I did not acknowledge who I truly am—who God says that I am. I knew that God had given me victory over those issues before, but it was just so easy to return to them.
If you have a personal relationship with God, He has washed you clean of your faults and has set you free from guilt and shame. Some Christians accept the work of Christ but not the freedom. That is not what Christ has called you to. You are free from old problems, like depression and anxiety, and you no longer have to live in them (Rom. 6:11-12). You are called to live in the victory that Christ has won for you.
Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24)
In God’s eyes, you are new and whole—you look like His Son, Jesus. He has made you righteous and holy and has empowered you through the Holy Spirit to live as your new self. Slipping back into your old, destructive ways may seem inescapable at times, and it’s okay now and then because we’re not perfect beings. But letting yourself stay there is like putting on dirty, torn clothes when you have brand-new, clean clothes that you are free to wear instead.
Be who you are in God’s eyes. Don’t succumb to the deceptive enticement of your old destructive ways, but live in the light of your true self—live in victory!
Affirmation for today: I die to old self-defeating ways and live in victory. (Driving Reflections—Weight-Loss & Self-Care)