Neta Monroe column: Familiarity can cause us to forget
Do you remember when you accepted the Lord Jesus as your personal savior? Do you remember the life you were living before? Did that life change once you made the decision to live for the Lord? According to the Word of God, when we are born again, we become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Old things pass away and behold all things become new.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation: old things have passed away: behold all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“Jesus answered and said to him. ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”(John 3:3).
While we may have lived a life that was full of anger and bitterness toward others for one reason or the other, drunkeness or drug related stupors, irresponsible lives that clearly were not that of the Lord Jesus. Then, when we did accept the Lord and were born again, we are grateful and thankful for much, because much was forgiven us. Even when we didn’t deserve another chance, Jesus says he paid it all for all.
But we can be easily trapped by the enemy when we fall into thinking that we can hang out and re-visit our old ways and not be affected by them. Don’t fall into the trap of familiarity.
The dictionary entry for “famliar” includes acquainted, companion, intimate, social, overly free and unrestrained.....
What are we familiar with? Are we becoming more and more familiar with God and his word? Or are we becoming familiar with our old ways by hanging out with those who are companions to our old ways? What happens when we become familiar?
Well, the meanings found in the dictionary tell us that we become unrestrained, we become intimate with those people or habits that we are spending time on or with.
I don’t know about you, but I for one am very thankful that Jesus forgave me, and placed my feet on firmer ground, turned me around and then gave me the Holy Spirit to help guide me and keep my feet on the right path.
So many times I see those on the paths that I had taken before Christ, and going down the same endless roads of despair and depression, drunkeness and hurt that I had traveled so many times in my previous life and I stop and look not with condemnation on those who are lost and know not what they are doing, but with thanksgiving that the Lord delivered me from that life.
How thankful are you that God delivered you from your past life? How much do you have to be thankful for?
With the New Year coming, people will start inviting you to parties and celebrations. Don’t become intimate with your old ways. Don’t become familiar to the past. Leave the past in the past, and stay focused on your new life and what Christ has done for you.
How can we be assured of not becoming familiar with our past again? By becoming intimate with the Lord.
How do we become intimate with the Lord?
Stay in his word!
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