Are you being haunted by the ghost of your past? What I mean is, are you still being tempted to respond to your surroundings like you did before you came to Christ? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2Cor 5:17) Your old self was put to death when you became a new creation. Those old ways of thinking don’t belong to you any more.
It’s unfortunate that we’re not the only ones who know about our past. Our friends and family can expect us to respond like we used to and make it easy to fall into old patterns. Also, we have an enemy with an excellent memory. He knows exactly how to push our buttons.
When that happens, just say no. You don’t have to be tied to old ways of thinking and responding. Rebuke the enemy and he will flee from you. Tell the ghost of old ways to lay down and be dead. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will renew your mind and give you awesome thoughts.
You have actually been renewed. These are not just nice words. But if you don’t live it, then it will not do anything for you. Trust God to make you into what He sees in you.