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Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
(2 Cor. 5:17 AMP)
So many people fall into the trap of identifying with their challenges instead of identifying with Christ. For example, you may be dealing with a sickness, but understand, you are not a sick person trying to get well. You are a well person fighting off sickness. You may be struggling in your finances, but you're not a poor person trying to get ahead. You're a successful person fighting off poverty. You may be struggling with an addiction. You've had it many years. Don't see yourself as an addict. Don't let that image become ingrained on the inside. You are not an addicted person trying to get free. You are a free person fighting off an addiction.

Remember, in Christ you are a new creature. The old has passed away. Don't let it cling to you! Identify with Christ and embrace the freedom and victory He has for you!

A Prayer for Today
Father, today I choose to identify with Your Son, Jesus, who came so that I could have abundant life. Thank You for making all things new. I trust that You are at work in my life and declare that I am healthy, whole and strong in Jesus' name. Amen.

Joel Osteen Ministries
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Author Biography

Joel Osteen
Web site: Lakewood Church
Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church.

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