Old Patterns & New Creations – Claim identity in Jesus

Posted by on January 1, 2011

Psalm 51:10     “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
From reading my posts, most of you have discovered that I do not advise choosing a new life in Jesus Christ, while maintaining an old label. In other words. Making an adamant statement about who you really are at heart. Or how you came into the world, but not accepting a new title once you recognize the need for change and redirection.
Holding onto a gay identity after accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior, is pretty much an insult to Jesus. When you accept the New Creation He has given you in being baptized or re-baptized, you, my friend are no longer anchored in your past. You have a new identity as a New Creature in Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17.
To date, my experience regarding those who maintain their gay/homosexual orientation/identity, actually has served as a crutch, an excuse, a right, and a declaration of unwillingness to change.  One such individual told me that “It’s just too bad, God is going to have to realize I need a little self gratification once in a while.”  Another told me that he is going to continue to identify as gay, because there is no way he is going to be drawn to or made available for a female. These declarations to me, say that one is unwilling to let God change them. It says that a wall is being put up. If we are truly converted, should God bring about change, we should allow Him to lead and guide in our lives as He sees fit.
I’m frequently asked if I think that I will every marry. I actually don’t. It’s the furthest thing from my mind. But I am not going to claim a gay identity as a warning sign to every female or heterosexual I encounter.  When God reached my heart and I turned it over to Him, it was suggested that I didn’t need to become heterosexual, but that God could lead me to the one individual of the opposite sex who God may place in my life. At the same time this individual encourages converts to identify with their past as a gay or homosexually oriented Christian. It would seem to me by encouraging one to claim this identity, it would act as a barrier for the very possibility that was presumed possible.  Confusing at the very least.
Today those who have never allowed gays and homosexuals into their church circles, have so much to learn. Not only is it a blessing and an ongoing transformation that the new soul won to Jesus experiences, it should be one as it is with all God’s Children. Identifying in Him, instead of in sin.
We are all sinners, but we don’t go about identifying as the kind of sinner we are. IE: an adulterous Christian, an alcoholic Christian, a gossip oriented Christian… etc.. you get the idea. Part of the victory is in identifying in the New Creature God has given us. Old things are passed away.
Change is a product of the acceptance of Jesus. As we grow closer to Him, the by-product is automatically some expression of change. Expectation is another matter. If  others expect you to change into something such as a “straight” identity, that is something that needs to be clarified in them. God works in every individual differently. We will all be unique in Him, not lumped in to some socially acceptable changed individual.
By recognizing the truth about God’s displeasure in homosexuality, realizing and claiming our new identity in Him will bring Him joy and will serve as healing in our own lives.
I would caution those who try to fashion God with a worldly identity. Some seek to make their website or their draw to the sinner in such a way that it will pull in unlikely souls, who with familiarity might linger longer.  To me this is like designing a web site for heterosexuals who have sexual struggles with stripper poles on the borders and a header that has a flashing sign that says, “Jesus inside.”
We don’t need to dress the message of God’s love and truth up in worldly attire to draw those genuinely seeking His love and truth. That to me, is limiting the power of the Holy Spirit.
In reality there is plenty to remind me of my old nature without labeling myself as a homosexual to remind me. But my new hope is in Jesus. Planted in my mind are the acts and sinful decisions and behaviors of all that has occurred up until my giving myself over to Jesus Christ.
Daily, thoughts and mental triggers try to resurface and regain control in my life. These thoughts in themselves obviously do not constitute sin, but they are an immediate alert that I need to surrender myself to Jesus and seek the purity given by the Holy Spirit.   “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2   Instead of giving into temptaion, practice self-denial.
As I mentioned in the previous post, there is a human effort, a responsible choice we make, that when exercised, the power of Jesus Christ strengthens us.   I spent many many years making bad decisions and practicing sinful behavior that stole the allegiance and obedience that belonged to Christ.
Today and every day I begin by inviting Christ to be in control of my life. I ask for Him to cover me with the blood He shed for me and protect me from Satan and his angels. I ask God to take my life if it ever appears that I am going to be drawn away from Him. Back to a lifestyle that certainly did not glorify God no matter how much “wholesome” paint anyone tries to cover it with.
Then… I take Jesus with me. I communicate with Him as I go about my daily duties. I involve in all aspects of my life, because I am not safe for a moment without Him. Since I get up at 4:00 AM each day, I wait until I return home to have my study time with God. By continually feeding off of His Word, He draws me into a closer and far more personal relationship with Him than I have ever experienced. By communing with God, we learn more about what He asks of us and we are much more perceptive about what He imparts to us.
After a time in study and contemplation, it is then time to call out to God and share our concerns, praises and prayers for those we have burdens for on our hearts.   It is in this kind of communication, devotion and constant abiding and surrendering to Him that any man or woman can find safety and assuredness.
My prayer is that those I seek to share with, understand what God calls us to and what He asks us to leave behind.  There are those who fear that there might be some presumed cure for homosexuality and that if we don’t identify with the sinfulness of who we really are, we won’t be able to live up to the expectation of who we should be.
We are all sinners. God directs us to claim His healing and our new identity in Him. It is a daily process. No one in a church is qualified to provided us with a report card. Only Jesus can judge. By imparting knowledge and acting as helpers and servants of God, we can minister and bring up to a dying World. Don’t limit God, just reflect His love, His mercy, grace and forgiveness.  Win a soul to Jesus today!
“ Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
“ Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,

“ Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.   Isaiah 1: 16-18

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