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Becoming a Woman of Freedom – Old Self and New Self

October 24, 2010

Here are some of my notes from our Bible Study series by Cynthia Heald.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Ephesians 4:22-24  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

  • Through Christ we become new.  The old is gone and the new has come!  A clean slate.  A new beginning.  Freedom from old ways and patterns.  Hope for the new.  It is good news!  It is also important to remember that this doesn’t happen overnight – it is a process.   Each day we are learning to put off our old self by changing the attitudes of our minds so that we can live with freedom found in our new self.  It is the process of self-examination – learning to view ourselves through faith of God.

It is a great grace of God to practice self-examination;

but too much is as bad as too little.

~ Teresa of Avila

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Exodus 4:10-14  Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.

  • Learning to live with a ‘new self’ perspective is a big part of spiritual freedom.  As the scripture in Romans reminds us; We should not think more of ourselves then we ought to.  However equally, as we read in Exodus it not good to think too little of ourselves either.  Both extremes are based in our own opinion of ourselves.  Spiritual freedom can give us the power and confidence to reach our full potential life when we lay aside our own self perception and begin to see ourselves through the eyes of faith.  This allows God to be the source of our confidence.  Our new self is who God says we are.  This allows us to broaden our view, our faith and hope; believing that all things are truly possible with God.  Rather than basing our self-examination only upon our limited understanding or experiences. 
  • We see in the example of Moses’ life – his opinion of himself was based only on his understanding of himself; not what God could do through him.  Because of Moses’ unbelief he may have missed out on a miracle healing of his stuttering problem.  Either way, God will have His work done.  He sent Aaron to help.  But, I can’t help but wonder what personal miracles Moses could have had if He would have trusted in what God said he was… rather than believing in only the abilities of his old self.  The freedom of walking in the power of our ‘new self’ is a free gift from God, but we have to choose to through off our old opinions of who we are before we can walk in that freedom.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Malherbe permalink
    March 25, 2011 2:56 am

    What a bunch of rubbish. You people are really brain-dead – still believing in the so-called god and his son. Oh, and I nearly forgot a holy goat.

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