New Life, New Creature in Christ
Published By Deborah Negron
October 24, 2018
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
So, the Lord took me this morning to Genesis 35. There was a familiar story of God reminding Jacob of the first time he appeared to him. The moment when he had changed his name, from Jacob- which means trickster, usurper, thief and imposter to
Israel which means- May God prevail, He who struggles with God.
Jacob had struggled with God for a blessing.
He received his blessing. He persevered and obtained a new name.
But the family of Jacob had swayed form the God of Jacob, who was Israel. They had taken up idols and become as the peoples who were around them.
God confronts Jacob and Jacob gathers his family and tells them to put away their false gods. To repent. What brought Jacob to this?
It was calamity. The surrounding people had become their enemy and his family was in a crisis. So they obeyed Jacob and did turn away from their idolatry. They humbled themselves. They returned to the God of Jacob. Then Jacob lifted up an altar to God in worship in Bethel.
In the midst of this story I found a verse…
A verse that surprised me. It seemed arbitrary at the moment, to me. It was not in any way seemingly related with the passage, at first I thought. The verse read,
But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth–el under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon–bachuth.
Now, if you know me, you know I can’t put something like this down. So, I wrote about how God changes our lives and gives us a new name. I write about how God gives us eternal life and hope.
I posted and then, kept thinking about this.
Then it came time to have a chat with my Mom, Luchy Negron.
Well I shared the topic and then this verse with mom. I said, Mom, at first it seems odd to find this verse in the midst of this chapter.
Then came her words of wisdom.
“Deborah” she said. “I see it as God telling you something so precious and so beautifully personal.” I inquired, How do you see that?
She said, The Lord has shown you specifically, how He has given you new life. The old Deborah is gone. She is buried. She has been cast off.
“Now the Deborah that stands is the one that God speaks to and declares these words to,
In Judges 5:12
“Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song:” …”
As mom spoke to me, it was as if God was saying to me…
God has changed your outcomes for his glory. God has changed your name….
He has changed your life. You are now to discern and to walk victoriously in to battle.
Now you are not the old dead Deborah. Now you are not the nurse maid. You are no longer the slave. You are free.
That was the past. Now you are a voice and a new creation in Christ. One who will honor God and lead others from their captivity.
You see, as I read deeper about this, Deborah the nurse maid was buried beneath Bethel.
Bethel means – House of God.
and the place where she was buried was called Allon bachuth which means – place of weeping, of loss and sorrow.
When we give our lives over to God and we repent and we surrender, He buries our sin. He removes our past. We sorrow over our sin and allow him to cover our past in him. Oh what a beautiful revelation. It was there all along. Thanks Mom.
Oh thank you Jesus for a godly mom. Thank you for the newness of life. Thank you that my past is buried under the Blood of Christ. Thank you that I can claim the benefits of my true definition. I am a new creation. I am A Child of God.
I share this, because I believe this message is for all people. You too can be made a new. There is hope in Christ. There is hope in the one who who can transform us from the dead to those who live in Him.
I pray you can know Jesus Christ. I pray your name will also be written in the Lamb’s book of Life.