From the Front Porch: Accepting a new nature in Christian life

My husband and I have taken the plunge into Windows 8. It's a journey of discovery. Discovering all the benefits of this new Windows operating system that is totally different from anything we have used previously.

I remember years ago when the company I worked for chose a sales manager from each region in the country to get a new laptop and assembled us all in Charlotte to teach us each how to use the new software. That was easier than Windows 8.

The difficulty with this new redesigned Windows is that I have grown accustomed to using previous Windows operating systems for so long. It can be frustrating when you are looking at a page with no visible way to close it when you have been used to mindlessly clicking an X at the top of the page. I have to think about how to close a page now.

I know that, with practice, I'll soon be used to Windows 8 and will zoom around it faster than I ever did in Windows 7.

Similarly, I am always learning how to use the new spiritual operating system I became when I received Jesus Christ as my Savior. The Bible says that when we make Christ Lord of our lives, we are totally new creatures - the old has gone. The problem is that we have been so used to living according to our fleshly desires that every day contains new exercises in denying the old and choosing the new. With practice it gets easier, but we never arrive or master the new creature status on this side of heaven. That is because we are not the master but follow The Master, and His ways are higher than ours.

Jesus came not to deliver us from all trouble but to enable us to overcome by walking through the trouble with us. He gives us a higher deliverance, teaching us to see and react through our new natures. New natures that He paid a great price with his life to give us.

He didn't have to stop evil to deal with trouble, He reversed laws of nature to destroy evil. He didn't stop people from dying and defeat all their enemies with superhuman strength even though His strength was unlimited. Instead, He raised them from the dead, healed their sicknesses, fed thousands with a single sack lunch, turned water into wine and stopped storms with a word. After He paid the sin account of every human that would ever live with his own sinless life, He ultimately defeated death forever by raising Himself from the dead.

"Anyone who intends to come with Me must let Me lead. You're not in the driver's seat, I am. Don't run from suffering, embrace it, Follow Me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, My way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose the real you." Mark 8:35 TMB

Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at gracekeeper@comcast.net.