“Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal 5:1
I am a new creation in Christ, yet I seem to have been enslaved by the old creation in me.
I accumulated some things over the period of twenty-three years when I was a
pagan and they are still haunting me and refusing to let me break free from
We are indeed enslaved by fear of death and we continue to tiptoe over the issues relating to
it, for fear of disturbing the sleeping monster and causing it to pay special
attention to us. Growing up in a community filled with stories of ghosts and
goblins and a variety of other superstitions certainly had a strong impact on
my psyche as a child. Even though my inner being has been transformed by the
Spirit, there is still residue from my old way of life, surfacing in my
thinking from time to time, seeking to enslave me.
The fight against my old self is ongoing and I seriously doubt it will ever end until
Our fundamental makeup as a person and our personality traits remain basically the same after
we are born again and, unless we bring them into total conformity with the new
life by crucifying them with Christ, they will become the staunchest allies
of our enemy. We must go through death in order to live.
I have been battling against my personality and my constant effort to overcome it has been pretty futile. I
guess many Christians may have the same struggle as I do. Our innate
personality does not equal spirituality, yet many of us are unable to tell the
difference between the two. We often mistake a naturally optimistic person as a
person of great faith and a pessimist as one without joy in the Lord.
I have met Christians who are
enslaved by various things that they have inherited from their old selves, such
as self-righteousness, strong self-confidence, self-loathing, feelings of
superiority or inferiority, and the list goes on.
To yield to our carnal selves
or our old way of thinking is to be enslaved by them. We may not have
completely overcome them, but we must vow never to surrender to them.
What are the things that seek
to enslave you? We can’t fight against them unless we pinpoint what they are.
The scariest thing is that they might have become our allies without us knowing
it and the service we have reckoned spiritual and God-honoring might have been
carnal and displeasing to God after all. Paul honestly believed he was serving
the Lord by persecuting the Christians, didn’t he?
My enemies are: sloth,
self-pity, melancholy, feelings of inferiority and superiority, disdain for
others, belief in classic romanticism, lack of patience, lack of love, fear of
the unknown. Wow, this is a long list. What are yours?