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My worst enemy and my best friend
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
February 2, 2022

Back in 2001, pop star Pink released a hit song entitled, “Don’t Let Me Get Me.” She sang about the daily war she fought against her own desires and lack of self-control. She admitted she couldn’t stand the sight of the person staring back at her from the mirror. She concluded that she was her own worst enemy. 

Have you ever felt that way? Even as followers of Jesus, we know all about the war against our own desires for comfort/pleasure/the last word. We can relate to that lack of self-control with our words, our assumptions, and our dinner portions. We agree that our greatest spiritual enemies just might be ourselves. You’ve felt the same regret that I have, haven’t you?

Thankfully, we Christians don’t just stare at a mirror. We stare at a cross. The cross of Jesus is where our spiritual war was won, where our sinful desires were defeated, and where God gives us a whole new look. He clothes us with Christ, in all of his love, holiness, and spiritual beauty. “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26,27).

What stunning words! We’re clothed with Jesus, wrapped in his grace, and promised a place in our Father’s family. Our last thought before bed and our first thought in the morning don’t have to be about ourselves. They can be about Jesus, the Savior who makes us good with God.