ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Cento is the founder of Mighty and Chic. She inspires and empowers women to change their lives. Christina will share with you the things that brought real change to her live and the things learned in her walk with God. She will help you understand who you are in Christ, discover your purpose and find your beauty from the inside and outside. One of her favorite questions is: "When are you going to be you?"
THE OLD YOU VS. THE NEW YOU
Knowing how we are made helps us to understand why we do what you do, why we talk how we talk, and why we feel how we feel.
There is an old you and a New You. The old you is the human person that was spiritually dead. The old you is who we were before we got saved. After we received Jesus in our hearts, things changed! We went from old to new (a new creature), this involving a continual transformation process (See Romans 12).
It is through the Holy Spirit, and with His help that you will uncover the Real You. It's like finding yourself all over again!
When we got saved, our spirit was transfigured (instantly changed). Through Jesus, we are holy, righteous, and with no sin (among other things!). Our spirit is perfect.
You and I can't be more holy or righteous that what we already are. Yet, we still need a revelation of this. We are not righteous because of anything we did or didn't do, but because what Jesus already did.
We are justified, holy, righteous, because as born-again believers, we now live in Him (Jesus), through Him (Jesus), with Him (Jesus) and for Him (Jesus). Who He is, we are; What He has, it’s ours!
God made us essentially in three parts: Spirit, Soul, and Body. The Real You is spirit. Our spirit is already transformed – totally changed. It went from dead to alive; it's completely regenerated. The soul and body are not – these two need transformation.
The soul is divided mainly into three parts: Mind, Will, and Emotions. Change needs to start in our heads, that's where all the thinking is done. When our mind is transformed, our will (willingness) and decision-making changes. Our emotions, how we feel about things also change.
See why it doesn't matter if we feel holy or not, we are. Or if we feel righteous or accepted, we have to know we are! The problem is that we don’t have consciousness of these truths. Our identity issues are not in our spirit; it's our mind, will, and emotions what gets in the way.
Through faith, we can believe what God says about us. Not because of how we feel, what we have or have not done. But simply because it is who we really are – who God says we are.
I hope that as we talk, you can see how important it is to know the truth of who you are and how you are made. We cannot afford to believe what the enemy, the world, and people say about us. Remember, there is no truth in Satan. The enemy hates us, he is out to destroy us. If we can't trust God and what He says about us, who can we trust?
The soul (mind, will, and emotions) is different than the spirit. The mind: your thoughts, perceptions, judgments, and reasoning are in need of continual transformation – the spirit needs to rule over your soul and body.
Think of the old you as your old patterns of thinking and behaviors, the will and emotions that have been bent and oppressed for years – since you were born.
The Word of God transforms our minds. Through the Holy Spirit we can destroy and push out ideas and perspectives embedded in our mind by the enemy and the world system. When the Word of God is activated (revealed through the Holy Spirit) our mind can understand… The way we see things changes! Our mind is established in Truth – the Truth that destroys the strongholds in your mind and sets you free.
Behavior modification deals over and over with habits and cravings but without signs of permanent change or fruits of the spirit. The revelation from God’s Word will transform your mind. The Word is alive! It has the power to dismantle, destroy and disarm old thinking patterns and wrong belief systems.
The enemy is defeated. All Satan can do is attempt to bait us back into the old feelings and emotions to try and control us again. We need to believe God and resist, stand against the enemy. I assure you, if you stand, the enemy will go (See James 4:7).
One thing I've learned is that Holy Spirit will never make us do anything against our will. When we let go of our life and submit ourselves (our will) to God – that's when we make it possible for the Holy Spirit to continue the process of transformation.
The body, just like the soul, not only needs to be changed but also put under complete subjection. The word subjection might sound strong, but believe me; our soul and body will try to dominate us at all cost. It will desire for the things that are against God, see more in Romans 8:7.
The soul and body refer to "the flesh" or "carnal." Our flesh is our human side, our worldly appetites, and cravings – the old you! (See Romans 8:6) We won’t be free to live fully and enjoy all that God has for us if we don’t remain in constant renewal. Without a continual transformation, we keep ourselves confined to the old nature, which is spiritually dead. I couldn't allow that to happen anymore in my life.
It is through God’s Word and spending time with the Holy Spirit that I started to change. I also made a deliberate decision to give up my will and allow God to transform me. I promise you, He can and will do a beautiful work in you. You will see incredible change and feel different.
Not only our life now belongs to God, but also our body. Our bodies are the temple of God; the Holy Spirit lives in us. Through Him, we will be able to take control of our bodies, and put it into subjection. Through the Holy Spirit, we can conquer temptations, avoid traps and addictions, etc. (See more in Romans 8:13).
WHO AM I?
I am who God says I am!
We may not always feel like how God say we are. I think it is because we have not received a complete revelation of who we are in Christ and how much God loves us.
It starts with the revelation of who we are and continues the process with understanding that 'who we are has nothing to do with how we feel.' Remember, the Real You is Spirit. Feelings are part of the Soul!