To be or not to be … Fake or Follower that is the question that every believer is going to have to answer at some point whether in the here and now or on the other side of eternity.
We are half way through 2018 and it’s a great time to stop, pause, and have a Selah moment as we review how things are going in regard to our word for the year.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to pray but didn’t know what to pray?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted others to pray for you and a situation but there wasn’t time or it seems an inconvenient time to “phone a friend” or reach out to anyone? Do you feel unqualified to pray or don’t know how to pray?
As we approach this Passover, Good Friday, and Easter Season, I begin to contemplate and dwell on the price Christ paid for you and me. There are two songs that spring to my mind. One is the “Revelation Song” and the other is “Mary Did You Know”.
As we end our 21-Day Fast today, let me challenge you with the words of Isaiah and our word for Restoration Church in 2018!
“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?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Read Isaiah 43:1-21.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19a
Here in this verse, God charges Isaiah with the task of speaking to the children of Israel. He begins by telling them they are His Chosen people, they are loved, and He has a plan. Then we are asked an important question– “Do you not perceive it?”
Do we not perceive what?
According to the Dictionary, Perceive means:
|1. To become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist.
2. To recognize, discern, envision, or understand.
God is saying that we need to be on the lookout! We need to recognize, understand, and identify that God wants to do a new thing in our lives. He doesn’t want us to miss it.
Also in this verse, God says it will “Spring UP!” – This indicates speed. The natural result of the spring of the year is that it brings about the rebirth of nature and new beginnings. The crocus breaks through the ground with purple blooms, the bright yellow daffodils open up in a blast of color after the drabness of winter. The dogwoods and cherry blossoms bloom and the birds begin to sing. Our spiritual life is renewed very much the same way.
Begin today to be more open and perceptive to God’s work in your life. Be on the lookout for indications of spring. Don’t dwell on the past or even the current situations you are facing right now. Be on the lookout for what God is doing. Begin to thank God IN ADVANCE for doing a “new thing” in your life. EXPECT new miracles to “spring forth and burst out” in this season and the coming year.
God, I repent for not understanding or seeing what You are doing in my life, even now. I am on the lookout and watching for you to move in my life. I thank You in advance for the amazing new and the exciting things You have in store for me in this year. I am ready to walk in Your Newness for my life.