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Winning the Battle Between Old and New

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5229495-xsmall copyTechnology has improved throughout the years, but devices can pick up a cyber enemy and begin to malfunction. Setting the device to its original default setting can often promise a quick fix.

When my iPhone malfunctioned, customer support suggested I reformat the phone. All of its data was wiped clean, (a bit disconcerting) but the core issue wasn’t resolved. The phone continued to malfunction, and it became apparent I needed a new phone.

Have you found yourself falling back into an old way of thinking? Perhaps it’s a pet peeve. Or, someone pushes your buttons and suddenly, your morning devotional is a fog. We can fall into a spiritual default setting seeking a quick fix, and renewed thoughts are temporarily wiped clean. We react instead of respond.

Winning the battle between old and new isn’t always easy. Sometimes, I allow fear to spread like a spiritual virus corrupting my “heart drive.” I find myself asking God, “I thought we resolved this issue, Lord?”

Past victories are wonderful testimonies of hope, but they’re not our source of strength for new victories. The Holy Spirit is our strength and our spiritual antivirus protector. If a new threat triggers an “old me” default setting, the Holy Spirit reminds me I’m not programmed to malfunction in Christ. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, we are new creatures in Christ.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

I can choose the “new me” and walk with confidence knowing Jesus will help me attain victory over any temptation.  

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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