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Not all change comes easily or quickly, and sometimes our problems seem to be so sticky and insurmountable. Where do we go? Where do we turn? Who can we talk to safely? Who has the Bible guidance I am seeking?


Let's Talk can help you find answers to some of those tough questions. Jesus came to deliver, heal and set us free from stuff bigger than us!

 

There are real answers and true encouragement; we have been there as well and bring what we have learned, sometimes through tears and heart break, but with hope and victory. Read on, and see if some of what is available here sheds light on your answers.

 

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A New Creation Perspective of Change...

Believers have only one nature, and it is as new as the resurrected Christ Himself. We don't have a second nature, the bad us. We do have a flesh that is not us! The Scriptures do speak of an old man (Rom. 6:6; Eph. 4:22, Col. 3:9), a flesh (Rom. 7:18; 8:1), that is an unwanted, resident evil that Paul taught is no longer us, so why make the mistake of calling it a second nature, seeing it is no longer you? I look like Christ on the inside, and that was enough for Paul, and it is enough for me. That the new me is surrounded by the old me is a non-issue, unless I choose to make it otherwise.


Christian, you are a new creation in Christ, and you have a flesh that is no longer you (Rom. 7:17-20). Your flesh will yet be transformed in the resurrection in the end and made perfect to be compatible with who you already are in Christ. In the meantime there is no taming it or changing it much or reforming it. It is dead and buried with Christ, and as Paul said, "It is no longer I..., but sin that dwells in me" (Rom. 7:20). Treat it that way. It is not the new you. There is not one scripture in the Holy Bible that tells us to do anything but see it as crucified, count it as dead, ignore it, and don't corrupt it any further (Rom. 6:11-23; Gal. 6:7,8), and know no one after the flesh (2 Cor 5:16). You cannot change your flesh permanently, and God knows this better than you. And by the way, the problem of temptation is common to every Christian's flesh (1 Cor. 10:13). Thank God for the abundant grace and righteousness that empower us to reign in life through Jesus (Rom. 5:17) and feel good all the time about our new selves.


MY NEW CREATION DECLARATION
I do not have a "dark side!" Nowhere does the Holy Bible say that I have an old nature to reform and a new nature to develop. Certainly, I have a new nature and a flesh that is carnal (in other words, it belongs to the old me before I was saved), but (1) it is no longer I, (2) it has been crucified with Christ, (3) I count it as dead, buried and forgotten, and (4) I have no command in the Holy Scriptures to improve it. However, this does not mean I have dual natures. I only have one nature, and it is new and as righteous as Christ Himself. The old is dead, having died with Christ, and I am alive, having risen with Him. I am new, new, new forevermore, thanks to marvelous, intoxicating grace.


Grasp this so that you never misunderstand yourself or others again, and guilt no longer overshadows your judgment for all the wrong reasons. Thank God, our standing is in grace by the Spirit, and not in our fleshly righteousness or unrighteousness.


Christian, you are new in the Spirit (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 7:6), and the wise choice is to embrace this newness and walk in it by faith (Gal. 5:25). Talk about it and not the old. Beware of embracing the memories of who you were before you were saved, and walking in your flesh that is no longer you. (By the way, this would be living a lie.)

 

 

What Does Heavenly Wisdom Look Like?

by Dr. Frederick Drummond, Sr.

Text: James 3:13-4:12

Keywords: wisdom / peace

A good look at the fruit of righteousness and what it always produces is a sober wake-up call. It is a reminder to every one of us who have made Jesus their Lord that unless the wisdom we are living by produces peace, we should reevaluate its origin.

Christ-Like Love Has Its Reward
by Grace Bellingham

Throughout our lifetimes God takes us through times of great trial and affliction. The significance of those times, however, is rarely what we think. They are times of growth and the increase of our understanding of God and His character.

God's Wisdom Is Always Higher Than Ours
by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: wisdom / glory

Too much of Christianity is carrying the weight of their lives and the lives of others. God alone is able to carry such weight, and as we all know, the weight of any situation is the glory of that situation, and all the glory belongs to God!

Love Actually

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: love

Love is not a feeling; it is not sentiment or affection; love is not emotion, although emotion is often involved. God is love; therefore, love is as powerful as God.

Everyone Can Change
by Frederick Drummond, Sr.

Keywords: change / repentence / gospel

Everyone can change. If I didn’t believe this, I wouldn’t have dedicated my life to the ministry back in the late sixties. Surely if this wasn’t the case, the Christian message would have become obsolete a long time ago.

Where Are Your Accusers?

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: forgiveness / criticism / mercy / Christ-likeness

So, what do you say to someone who has come for help for the struggles they faced all of their lives? "Jesus." "Jesus," is what I would say to those who come seeking answers, help, forgiveness and some kind of hope.

Rejected but Never Forsaken

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: anger / need of approval / love

We are born with an incredible need for security and sense of belonging. We grow up needing the approval and validity that parents have the power to give. This gentle man realized that he had an angry spirit that was robbing him and his family.

Down but Not Out

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: adultery / rejection / grace / mercy / forgiveness

Dynamic men can get into real trouble. He confessed with tears in his eyes that he had been having an adulterous affair. Oh, how pleasant sin seems for a season, but oh my, how all of a sudden it becomes like death. Sudden death!

Weak but Made Strong

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: alchoholism / fear of rejection / approval / acceptance / deliverance

Although this man was powerful, strong enough to face a gang of drug-smuggling criminals with machine guns pointed at him, while remaining calm and level-headed, he did have a weakness. He was a hopeless alchoholic!

A Sweet Spirit vs. a Bitter Spirit
by Frederick Drummond, Sr.

Keywords: biterness / cold / indifferent

Bitterness will slow you down until it stops you, all the while reversing the will of God for your life. Bitterness produces a lost soul soul with no purpose in life. Full-blown bitterness is irreversible.

Manifestation of the Stronghold of an Insecure Soul
by Frederick Drummond, Sr.

Keywords: insecurity / fear of abandonment / needy

An insecure soul is developed through constant fear of abandonment. When not resolved in the love of God we live with the desire to be constantly approved of and we manifest extremely needy behavior.

He Raised Me Up

by Grace Bellingham

Keywords: trials/tough times/grace

Throughout our lifetimes God takes us through times of great trial and affliction. The significance of those times, however, is rarely what we think. They are times of growth and the increase of our understanding of God and His character.

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