This verse announces the good news of salvation for a new Christian – you are a new creation! Psalm 40:2a visually describes this scene, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire.” For most people that is not the scene you associate with salvation. Somehow the richness of salvation is lost in this picture as you feel mud, slime, and mire dripping off your body. Imagine the courtier announcing to the King your arrival into His kingdom with mud dripping on the royal carpet leading to His throne. Under normal circumstances you would be in hot water for muddying someone’s carpet, but not in the kingdom of God. The courtier is triumphant and excited, while God the Father is grinning ear to ear at His new child born into His kingdom. Birth into God’s kingdom looks about the same as a baby’s birth on earth. Both are encased in the elements of the world and both need to be cleaned off.
Every Christian will have ups and downs, slips and triumphs. How do you move from a life covered in mud to the life Paul describes in Philippians 2:15b-16a, “In which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” (NIV) The following four Scriptures help you understand this transition from mud, slime, and mire into your new life in Christ:
o Psalm 40:2b continues on by saying, “He set my feet on a Rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (NIV) Your life is no longer lived on shifting sand, but the firm rock of Jesus Christ. What a difference a firm footing in life makes!
Ezekiel 36:26 tells of the new heart and Spirit that each believer receives, “I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (NIV) It is no longer you, but the Holy Spirit that guides your life.
Romans 7:6 speaks of your release from the bondage of law, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (NIV) You now serve God in the Spirit.
Romans 8:9 shares your new freedom from sin, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” (NIV) Sin is no longer in control; Christ in you is now in control.
As a Christian you must live in the reality of who you are in Christ. Claim your identity in Christ and live it. In life you have learned many skills from looking ahead and not down. You ride your bike, drive your car, and play many sports by focusing on what is ahead instead of looking down. The same is true in your walk with Christ. Keep looking ahead with your eyes on Jesus while trusting your identity in Christ, His work in you, and His direction for your life.
Hebrew 12:2a “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” (NIV)
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.”
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