This last day of the year represents everything about entering into the life of God in Jesus Christ. For God is the inventor of the new. He is ever about new beginnings and new creation.
The end of something for us usually means some level of weariness, burnout, disappointment, sadness, regret, loss, and a host of other negative emotions. This focus always represents Satan’s plan for your life–to live there…in the past.
But even so, we instinctively anticipate something hopeful, something wonderful, full of joy, fresh and alive, that something “other” is about to happen…and that’s God.
For God is the God of the “instead” and He’s always about us leaving the old behind, forgetting the past and looking ahead to the new thing He is doing in our life.
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 18 Behold, I will do a new thing…” (Isa.43:18-19 NKJV)
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Rom.6:4 NKJV)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. ” (2 Cor.5:17 NKJV)
“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts…24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph.4:22,24 NKJV)
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:13-14 NKJV)
So here are some thoughts about the new thing on this last day of 2013…
“Newness of life” isn’t just about the day you were born again. It’s a state of being. It’s deciding to walk out every day in God’s life. It’s ever changing, ever renewing, ever-increasing–full of wonder, full of joy.
In order to embrace the new, you must let go of the past. Just like you cannot bring 2013 into 2014, you cannot cling to the old while trying to embrace the new. They are incompatible. God owns your past and hanging on to it is holding on to stolen property. We must stop wearing the grave clothes of our past and be determined to walk in the newness of Christ’s life.
“Shall you not know it?” (Isa.43:19) In other words, it’s possible to miss what God is up to in your life. It depends on where we’re looking. The enemy uses the burnout, regret and disappointment of the old as a strategy to blind us from seeing what God is up to in our lives.
But God is always about turning your burnouts into breakthrough. He uses the futility and disappointment of the old to get you to the point where you’ll finally look away from your “circumstantial life” to your “real life” in Christ!
As C. Baxter Kruger said (“[GOD] is FOR US“) “He gathers up our failures, both as individuals and as families, churches and nations, and sharpens them into surgical instruments. He uses them to cut through our blindness and deception, so that we can begin to see and hear—really see and hear—the shocking good news that has been there all along.”
And the “shocking good news” is that Jesus didn’t just come to help us, He came to INCLUDE us in Him! His life is our life!
God is relentlessly about getting you to view things from heaven to earth, not the other way around. Beloved, you’re not like the turkey who looks up into the sky during a storm and drowns in the rain. No! You’re an eagle who is meant to soar above the storms of your circumstances. For where Christ is, you are, seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph.2:6), which means “far above” the circumstances of your life.
And when we look to God instead of our circumstances, He pour out His Spirit on our “wilderness” and give fresh life and direction (Isa.43:19). For in you is the River of Life (John 7:38). He will make it flow out into your dry places if you’ll but open your heart and look to Him.
So don’t try to figure these things out, rest in His fullness as His beloved child and let Him lead you by His Spirit as a good father does his favored son.
We must not look to our past circumstances or “alien identities” that have tried to define us (even through the people we love) but, instead, look up to see what God sees, what He has in mind for us. Because that Divine intent is in your future not your past.
An innate human need is for new beginnings and fresh hope. And again, this is found in God. For He is always the God of the Divine do-over. His love never fails (1 Cor.13:8), His mercies are new every morning (Lam.3:22-23).
God takes the weary who look to Him and renews their strength like the youth and they mount up with wings of eagles (Isa.40:31) and soar with Him in heavenly places (Eph.2:6), far above all those things that try to blind them from their God-appointed destiny.
For renewal is all about reminding us of who we are and where we are…and Who has “appointed” the dis-appointed to bear lasting fruit (John 15:16), and Who gives those the enemy has stolen from life abundantly (John 10:10).
Simply put, God makes all things new (Rev.21:5)
- Isaiah 43:19 – A New Thing – 180° God – Inspirational Bible Verses (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)