The Word is My Life
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July 2017 A New Thing

From My Life’s Journey                                                                               July, 2017

Topic:  A New Thing

Can you discern the signs of the times?  Can you see that the old order of things is being shaken – from government to things up close and personal?  For the new to come, sometimes the old has to be wrenched or wrestled away.  As I discussed in my last newsletter, Jacob wrestled with the angel, and this wrestling resulted in the old Jacob being cast aside so the new Jacob (Israel) could come forth.  Romans 6:4 says, “Jesus Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  Let’s cast off the old, and walk assuredly in the new.

We all know 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV): “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  Obviously, this scripture relates to those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  When we receive salvation, we begin a journey of transformation.  We can expect God to allow situations that are intended to cause us to step up and be conformed into His image.  If we are a bit hesitant, we might wrestle, but eventually, if we yield to God’s Spirit, we will come to know and fulfill God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will (Rom. 12:2). Colossians 3:10 (Amplified) encourages us to “be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.”

In this letter, I want to talk with you about two key points:  1) Expect to be changed and transformed in your walk with God, and 2) Expect God to do new things in your life at any time. I will share Biblical and personal examples for you to consider.

First, let’s look at Anna (Luke 2: 36-38).  She was an 84-year-old prophetess whose husband died early in their marriage.  When he died, she chose to serve God in the temple as an intercessor and did so for decades.  After so many years, who would expect something new?  But one day … Mary and Joseph came to the temple with the baby Jesus, and at that exact time, Anna was present to behold the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  She thanked and praised God, and then went on to prophesy to all who would hear.  God blessed her with something new in her old age.

God enjoys newness.  Every day we are blessed with a new dawn and a new day.  Also, Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV) says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  This scripture declares that God’s mercies begin afresh each morning; He is faithful to us.  Thank God we are not consumed. 

Let’s look at Exodus 16:14-21.  As the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, God looked on their situation and knew they could not provide for their own food needs; they numbered in the millions.  In His mercy, God did something new.  He provided manna, which was bread for them.  Manna means “what is it?” It was something new.  Also, God would not allow them to store it; if they did, it went bad.  He wanted to provide something new for them daily.  Think on that.

In my personal life, I’m making it a practice to ask God to meet my needs.  When a student emails me a tough question, I say, “Father, by your Spirit, give me an insightful answer to help this student.”  When I have a problem arise, I say, “Father, tell me what I need to understand to deal with this.” When it’s time to write a ministry letter or speak to a group, I ask, “Father what do You want to say to your people through me?”  When I ask (primarily for wisdom), I always receive.  James 1:5 says God always grants wisdom, and we should ask (James 4:2; Luke 11:9).  Go to your Father!

God has also done a new thing for my 85-year-old dad.  On June 8, he had right hip replacement.  He is recovering beautifully and is full of joy for what God has done for him.  He walks around without a cane most of the time.  He told me he sang to the Lord the other day in his yard: “Good morning to you!  Good morning to you!  We’re all in our places, with bright shining faces.  This is the way to start a new day.”  He is a retired school principal, and this is a song he remembered from his youth and one he taught children years ago.  After all these many years, he remembered how he sang to the Lord in his youth, and he lifted up his voice in thanksgiving for a new hip in his old age.  He is refreshed (Acts 3:19).  God wants to do “great and mighty things which we know not” (Jeremiah 33:3). Are we open to new things?  God is good; we can trust Him!

One song we all know is “Blessed Assurance.”  The opening words are “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine…” God gives us a foretaste on the earth of His glory and the newness to come: “And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me [John], Write: for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5).  Receive newness; it is a foretaste of God’s eternal glory and plan to come.

Please pray this prayer with me: “Father, I glorify you and thank you for your great love for me.  Open my heart to receive newness in you and to receive manna and new mercies you bring to me daily. Restore my joy in your goodness to me.  Refresh me.  Stretch me in ways that bless me and others.  Do great and mighty things that I do not know at this time ... but in time, it will be revealed.  Take me higher.  I trust you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D. 

“The Word is My Life” Training Ministry