All Things Have Become New
Nancy Alcorn, Uncategorized | February, 10, 2015 | by Nancy Alcorn 0 Comments

There’s a way we get rid of victim mentality–we renew our minds to God’s Word.  We don’t identify with who we used to be.  We don’t take a pill and call ourselves damaged goods and live the rest of our life trying to cope. The battle starts in the mind, and we have to renew our mind to God’s Word.  We have to bring every thought into captivity.  When a girl who has come out of prostitution says, “I’m no good. I’m dirty. I’m shameful. Nobody will ever want me because I did this”…we have her speak scripture over herself, like 1 John 1:9: “Because I have confessed my sin to God, I have been forgiven and I have been cleansed of all unrighteousness.”  When God looks at her, He sees her as pure and as clean as freshly fallen snow.  Just as if she never sinned, just as if she was still a virgin.  Only the Word of God can bring that kind of transformation.

I want to share with you a story about a young lady who graduated from our program several years ago. We’ll call her Amy. When she was 8 years old, her mother was taken out of the picture and her father had full custody of her. He began to dress her up in outfits and take her to parties, and she would be the entertainment for him and his friends. When she was 10, he started taking her from neighborhood to neighborhood. He had a van with a mattress in the back, and he would let people pay him to use his daughter while he stood outside. When she was 13, he sold her to a man who took it from there. She was held captive from the time she was 13 until she managed to escape at 21. She found her way back to her grandparents house (they thought she was dead), and through the local church they were a part of, she learned about Mercy Ministries. She was one of the first girls we ever worked with who was a sex trafficking victim.

After Amy graduated from Mercy, she went to nursing school, got plugged into her local church and met a great guy there whom she is happily married to today. Now the experts of the world would say that anyone who goes through that kind of trauma could never have a normal sexual relationship again. But God says, “You are a new creation. For your former shame, I’m going to give you double honor. I’ve washed and cleansed you in the blood of Jesus. I’ve put a new heart and a new spirit within you.”

What happened to Amy was the works of the devil. But 1 John 3:8 says “For this purpose”–not a purpose, but this purpose–”was the Son of God manifest that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus comes that you might have life and have it more abundantly. An abundant life is not identifying with who you used to be or what happened to you. An abundant life is knowing that you are a new creation and that the old things have passed away. Forget the former things. Behold, look and see, God is doing a new thing.

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