Candles glowed softly amid fragrant clusters of pink and lavender hydrangeas. The air was cool and fresh on this lovely summer evening, as Pamela and I sat and talked on her back patio. We were reflecting on the night recently when she had been struggling with a fear of death. It was clear Pamela had deep wounds from painful childhood experiences in which she felt helpless. Although she knew she had been set free from the past and that she is now a new creation in Christ, Pamela was unconsciously continuing to believe the lie from Satan that she is a powerless victim of her circumstances.
“The person I saw that night wasn’t the real you,” I told her. “When I look at you, I see what God sees: a new creation in Jesus, a beautiful woman of God, a person of joy and light and life and creativity and beauty, who shines with the light of Jesus, with power and authority to speak against the powers of darkness!” Joy radiated from Pamela’s eyes as the truth sunk in, and I could see that God was at work in her heart.
Here is the rest of Pamela’s story, in her own words:
“I don’t see myself as a victim anymore, but as who I am in Christ Jesus. This is exactly what I desired my whole life, since I was a child. Most people in my life, including my parents, weren’t able or didn’t want to see my value in Christ Jesus. So I had to fight for a long period of my life to be accepted and respected. It was hard for me to believe that God loves me and accepts me and appreciates me how I am. Today, after God has worked a lot in me, I know it by heart.
For me it is also important to say that I can’t identify with the person I seemed to be that night. That shows how much God already has changed me, and that He has given me a new identity in Christ. But I also know what an opportunity this situation is to receive more healing and more changing. To become a new creation in Christ Jesus is not just an event, but also a process!
If you are part of this process, I encourage you not to give up! Keep on uncovering the lie of Satan that your past experiences define you. Believe and speak out what God tells you about who you are in Him. God is able to go together with you deep into the past and restore you completely. The time will come when you will see with your own eyes how much God did for you and who you are in Jesus!”
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV)