Can you discern the signs of the times? Can you see that the old order of things is being shaken? From our government to weather systems to cultural norms to things up close and personal, life as we know it is undergoing major shifts. For the new to come, sometimes the old has to be wrenched or wrestled away.
This is Biblical. Jacob wrestled with the angel, and this wrestling resulted in the old Jacob (and his ways) being cast aside so the new Jacob (Israel) could emerge. For the new to come, the old must be set aside. Romans 6:4 encourages us to walk in this newness of life. Let’s go further.
Journey of Transformation
Walking in "the new" is a hallmark of the Christian faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV), the Word says this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” When we receive salvation, we begin a journey of transformation. Yes, a journey of change - a journey of new things happening within us!
God allows situations to occur that challenge us to step up, change, and be conformed further into Christ's image. If we are hesitant or resistant, we might wrestle. Eventually, though, as we yield to God’s Spirit, we will come to know and fulfill God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will (Rom. 12:2). Our life will conform to God's plans, and we will become more like Christ. Colossians 3:10 (Amplified) affirms this truth: “Be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.” Yes!
New Things: Circumstances Change
Let’s talk about something else to expect in your walk with Christ. In addition to doing new things within you, He does new things in your life circumstances. Never give up on situations changing for you! 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 and life-affirming in her old age: An opportunity to see Christ face-to-face as a newborn and prophesy over Him. Her heart and soul were overjoyed!
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 that instead of being consumed, we are shown compassion by God. Let us do the same toward others.
Here is another example of a new thing. In Exodus 16:14-21, as the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, God looked at 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 about that. God obligated Himself to care for them daily.
My Dad's Story
Allow me to share this story about my family. God did a new thing for my 85-year-old dad. He had hip replacement surgery. After recovering beautifully, he bubbled over with great joy for what God had done for him. He now could walk around without the assistance of a cane, and he began to sing.
He shared with me about singing to the Lord 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 sang this song as a youth. He also taught it to school children years ago. He remembered how he sang in earlier years; now, he lifted up his voice in thanksgiving to God for a new hip in his old age. My dad was refreshed (Acts 3:19). God wants to do “great and mighty things which we know not” (Jeremiah 33:3) for all of us. 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 earth of not only His glory but also the newness that is 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 plans 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. I am confident that in time, it will be revealed. Take me higher. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”
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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation" (2 Cor. 5:17).