Yes, this expression has its usual meaning for sure, as when someone loses a lot of weight, or when someone is not feeling well, and it shows. Then we may remark that this person looks like a shadow of his or her former self.
However there are spiritual applications, as a play on words, which we can use relating to the “shadows” of what our past represents – the dark things, the hurts, being abandoned, negative events, the blame, the pain, and the drama. Shadows can also be represented by bodily injury and the “pain by which we gain” sympathy and support – long past the time when dependency would be better left behind, when perhaps wholeness has not been encouraged or embraced for whatever reasons – long after physical healing. The shadows of the former self can then become excuses why we “do” or we “don’t”.
Our shadows could be called “Cling-ons”, since they follow us wherever we go, and live to cause trouble and conflict. Shadows thrive on these things.They love the darkness.
Shadows can be “long” at the beginning of the day – in early life when we don’t, for whatever reason, pick up skill sets for making them disappear. Or in the final phases of life when we are aware that the sun is setting. At that time one may be too feeble, sick, lonely, or demented to make the shadows go away – if they have not learned how to do this earlier in life.
So, the question is, has the shadow of the former self been calling the shots for you? Has the old self in spirit and in truth been reckoned dead and buried in Christ Jesus through His cross and resurrection? Or has it been allowed to cling on like a ghost, long dead, haunting your life? Is it still taking its unlawful place as lord and master of the manner, as the former self which covertly forms your attitudes, beliefs, the way you see things, how you approach life, and your relationships with others? If so, it needs to go. It doesn’t belong here now – this usurper of the throne, this shadow of your former self which pretends to be your self former.
How can you give it the boot, that left foot of fellowship? It has no right to you, no business being the director and producer of the show, making a bad actor out of you!
That producer -director position belongs to Someone else, who wished to restore you to spiritual stardom, to your place in among the heavens. That Someone just happens to be “ the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning from Whom comes “every good gift and every perfect gift” (James 1:17).
The key fact to chasing away the shadows of your former self is this truth and realization: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is fact in the present!
This is the foundational truth to affirm and declare when the cold specter of the former shadow of yourself comes calling (who also likes to be the shadow former because misery loves company, but can only do so with your permission)!
Get out that word of truth, proclaim it, and live according to it. This gives that former shadow the boot! The fact is, it doesn’t even exist as a viable power in your life. It’s been crucified in Jesus’ cross and it needs to stay dead.
You have been raised up in Him as a new creation, “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)
Shadow of the former self, begone! It just doesn’t get any better than this. We are new creations with a whole new view, created and created anew for grace and kindness. WOW!
In the Light of this precious truth there can be no shadow of your former self!
Originally posted here: http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2272964/posting/shadow-of-your-former-self