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Change is inevitable. Change is constant. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Are you ready for a new season?
A season of change?
A season of walking in newness?
Summer is quickly coming to an end, kids are back in school, it’s a holiday weekend, and we only have a handful of months left until the end of the year. Now is a great time to stop, pause, and have a Selah moment.
Go ahead, take a deep breath and relax, but I also want to challenge us to take some time to review and reflect.
- How are things going in regard to your year so far?
- Have they gone according to the plans and goals you set out?
- Do you get a word for the year?
- Have you taken a minute and reflect on it and see what has transpired so far?
- How is this word playing out in your life right now?
- If you aren’t where you want to be, what things can you change?
- How do you want your year to end?
All around me, I see individuals walking in brand new seasons of life. Since the beginning of the year, some have been promoted into new positions, some have left old jobs and started brand new ones, and some have even retired. Some have started a family, some families have grown, and sadly some families may have gotten smaller.
This weekend, take some time and look back over the past eight months … what do you see? Do you see change or new things in any area of your life? I hope you do.
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
(Isaiah 43:18-19a NIV)
God is calling us to a new season: A season of walking in the new, a season that will require CHANGE! Yep, I said it. To some people the word change is a nasty six letter word they never want to hear. Although, in order to walk in something new, you have to be willing to change. Change your attitude, change your perspective, change what you are currently doing and do something different (new) and for some of us, change may even mean leaving something behind.
Recently, I felt the Lord prompt me to do something new. When I do my devotions, I usually have a devotional book or three that I read at the same time and look up the Scriptures that dive deeper into what I am reading. When I reach for my Bible, I tend to reach for the one I am most familiar with, the NIV version. Now, while there is nothing wrong with that, I was being prompted by God to reread the entire Bible but to use a completely different version. It’s been a while since I have had a fresh brand-new Bible. I much prefer my old, trusty, faithful and worn version. How about you?
When I am studying or researching I will occasionally look up scripture in different versions, but for the most part, I stick to reading from the same Bible. I have marked it up, highlighted it and written in the margins of it for the last number of years. There’s just something comforting about seeing notes from past sermons, or revelations I wrote in the margin. It feels good to look over them when I am reading and come into agreement with them again. However, I have noticed that with this newfound assignment from God, I am seeing things with new eyes and finding new revelation.
Not that I couldn’t have seen them before, but I simply wasn’t. I was so comfortable and familiar with my go to Bible and familiar version that I was missing “fresh new manna.” Yes, I was missing out on fresh new spiritual nourishment God wanted to give me.
When I received and accepted these new marching orders to reread the entire Bible but in a different version, something inside of me was a little excited. Yet at the same time, I was sad not to have the familiar Bible with the familiar phrasing and words. Still, I decided to embrace this new-found season of “Walking in Newness” and I chose The Voice Bible. (I would have chosen The Passion Translation, but it is only the New Testament and Psalms).
Something miraculous happened as I began to re-read stories I have read for years. New revelation and new insight began jumping of the page. I was not jumping over familiar passages and skim reading, but I was beginning to devour every word. I often found myself reaching for a pen to write in the margin the new thing God was showing me.
One of the things I knew, but rediscovered is in the book of Genesis is there is a whole lot of this “change” business going on. A whole lot of walking in newness was happening. This made my heart happy. I am not alone, we are not alone. There were others before us and there will be others after us whom God will call to walk in new things. The book of Genesis is all about change. In the first chapter alone, the earth changed every day for the first six days of creation.
However, in Genesis 12:1-4 I saw a whole new perspective on what God might mean in “Walking in Newness.”
One day, the Eternal One called out to Abram.
Eternal One: Abram, get up and go! Leave your country. Leave your relatives and your father’s home, and travel to the land I will show you. Don’t worry—I will guide you there. I have plans to make a great people from your descendants. And I am going to put a special blessing on you and cause your reputation to grow so that you will become a blessing and example to others. I will also bless those who bless you and further you in your journey, and I’ll trip up those who try to trip you along the way. Through your descendants, all of the families of the earth will find their blessing in you. Without any hesitation, Abram went. He did exactly as the Eternal One asked him to do.
Woah, talk about change and walking in newness. Talk about having faith and trust!
God speaks to Abram and tells him to leave everything he has ever known…. This is a whole new level of change. A new way of walking in newness. Not to mention that it requires faith and much trust.
God tells Abram, not to worry, I(God) am not going to tell you where your final destination is just go and as you go I(God) will guide you.
What does Abram do?
Does he throw a fit, cry, argue, and explain that God doesn’t understand?
Scripture says without hesitation, Abram went!
In the notes of The Voice Bible for this little section of Scripture, there was this little jewel:
“To enter into that promise, Abram must do something daring; he must leave everything he knows and put his trust in God.”
At that moment, I understood what God was asking and requiring of me, and maybe of you too. God wants this year to be one of walking in the new things He has for us. He wants us to do something daring for the Kingdom. God has spoken promises to each one of us. In order for us to receive or “enter into” that promise, God is asking that we do something daring! He may ask us to set aside and leave what we know and put our trust in Him alone!
Are there promises God has spoken to you, that you are still waiting for? Maybe this is the time and season to set aside what you know and trust God as He directs your path to walk in the new thing He has for you.
Are you ready for God to ask you to do something daring?
Oh Jesus, I want to be like Abram. I want to be daring for You and with You. God, when You speak to me, I want to respond. I don’t want to be so focused on what I am leaving behind or distracted by what I can’t see or know about what lies ahead. I just want to trust You! I am ready to step out without hesitation to go where you are asking me to go and do what you are asking me to do.
I’m ready, are you? Let’s all go do something daring for the Kingdom!