Thursday, November 29, 2012

I'm Not Who I Was!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2Cor. 5:17)

Has anyone ever approached you and made the comment that they noticed something different about you? I know I have (countless times to be exact)!...:-D. From a personal standpoint, prior to accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was a rebel WITHOUT a cause. Nothing like Saul of Tarsus, who prior to having an encounter with Jesus himself, was actively persecuting the Jewish people on behalf of the Roman Empire. Yet, in spite of Saul of Tarsus, Jesus Himself was able to get a hold of him and TRANSFORM him. The Damascus Road experience is one of those rare, radical examples of what can happen when God touches someone with the intent of changing that person into a NEW CREATION.    There are numerous other examples of how someone will experience change. Baptism in the water is one of those rituals that is formally carried out in a public setting to be able to express our faith in an outward manner.

"And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name."  (Acts 22:16)

Two very different examples, one common purpose. That purpose is to experience TRANSFORMATION that will result in God's pleasure, honor, and glory. All of us, including the Apostle Paul can actually say with clear confidence in Christ that WE ARE NOT WHO WE USED TO BE! To God be ALL the glory, praise, and honor from this moment and throughout all of eternity! With that said, and no further delay, I want to bring all of you I'm Not Who I Was by Brandon Heath. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I! Here's the lyrics:

 Brandon Heath
 I'm Not Who I Was
 
I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I'm not who I was
I used to be mad at you
A little on the hurt side too
But I'm not who I was

I found my way around
To forgiving you
Some time ago
But I never got to tell you so

I found us in a photograph
I saw me and I had to laugh
You know, I'm not who I was
You were there, you were right above me
And I wonder if you ever loved me
Just for who I was

When the pain came back again
Like a bitter friend
It was all that I could do
To keep myself from blaming you

I reckon it's a funny thing
I figured out I can sing
Now I'm not who I was
I write about love and such
Maybe 'cause I want it so much
I'm not who I was

I was thinking maybe I
I should let you know
I am not the same
But I never did forget your name
Hello

Well the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that's what love is all about

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I'm not who I was