Becoming New - Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - October 15, 2015

Becoming 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)

Have you ever looked at your life and felt that you always would be a victim of your circumstances? Maybe your parents neglected or abandoned you. Maybe there is a family history of alcohol and drug abuse.

You may feel as though your course is fixed, that you don’t have a say-so, and that it’s just the way it goes. But that isn’t true. God can intervene. I know from experience.

I didn’t have a father growing up. It wasn’t that he mistreated me; he just wasn’t there. I was left to myself a lot. My mother was an alcoholic, and I could have gone that direction. I could have followed that course. But God took hold of me, and the cycle was broken. He can do that for anyone. I am just an ordinary person who took God at His word.

Maybe you are trapped in some lifestyle, some pattern of sin, or some addiction. God can break that cycle. The question is whether you want Him to break it.

The Bible tells the story of a man who had been paralyzed for a long time. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6). We may wonder what kind of question that is to ask someone who can’t even move. It’s a very good question, actually.

Not everyone who is addicted wants to be delivered. Not everyone who is living a certain lifestyle wants to get out of that lifestyle. The question is do you really want to change? Do you really want to be free? Jesus can do that for you.

We read in 2 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 can change you.

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