II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
God wants you to know that you are new in Him. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden they died that day spiritually, meaning they lost their relationship with God. But through Jesus Christ we have been reconciled back to Him and we are made all over again spiritually. Your body, however, still can act the same. You mind can still think the same thoughts. But God wants to be Lord over those areas too.
When you get saved EVERYTHING about you becomes new from that day forth. It’s up to you to figure out what’s new about you! His word tells it all. It tells you what thoughts you should think on, it tells you what to do with your body; you were not left clueless on this earth. God has equipped up us with a manual for living anew.
I love hydrangeas, like the ones shown above. They are just as big and bright as the picture you see and every year they grow bigger. But every year, hydrangeas have to die. That’s the best way for them to grow is to die to the old petals and make room for the new ones. Some gardeners like to allow the dead petals to grow with the new ones, and that’s okay in the beginning, but after awhile it becomes distasteful. It’s not appealing to the eye and it takes away from the new creation.
The same goes with you. When you first got saved maybe you kept some dead things attached to you. Maybe you still lied a little or maybe you still watched pornography from time to time. I’ve been there and I know how difficult it may seem. But the closer you are to Him, the more you’ll grow. And the more you grow, the more things will die off. But as they die off, you should be cutting away things that no longer match your new identity.
If you’re now made in love, there should come a point where you stop hating. If you’re now made in peace, there should come a point where you stop feeling fearful. Whatever it is in your life that takes away from your new creation, just stop it. Cut it off. It sounds easy because it is easy. There will come a point where you will stop doing everything that doesn’t resemble Christ. And when He comes back, we’ll all be exactly like Him.
The more you grow with Him, the more you realize that you no longer desire the old creation. You’re not alone in this. Everyone struggles. I struggle. In fact, it’s good to struggle because that means that you’re working against something instead of allowing it to work against you. Keep fighting the fight of faith. You can do this!