2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we are in Christ, we automatically have access to all of His attributes. The full work of the cross was finished for us to have power, authority, dominion, good health, prosperity, long life, eternal life, and freedom from all the works of the devil.
The problem is that even though these things belong to us, we hang on to the things that are now dead. Why do we keep the old things that have passed away? If something is dead, then it is useless. It can’t produce life. It can only stink, make mold, attract maggots, and so forth. Carrying the old things around is like carrying dead weight that slows us down. If we want to advance into the new things, we have to get rid of the dead weight of the old things.
Change is a beautiful thing when we are in Christ. If we resist change, then we can’t advance.
Advancing requires us to learn new tasks and do things differently. We can’t expect to keep doing the same things and get different results. We have to be flexible and be led by the spirit. If we are lazy, we will miss the new thing that God is doing. If we love God, then we are protected by the disasters that come up and are promised that God will work it out for our good. When we get stuck doing something the same way all the time and refuse to change, then we are doing it religiously. A spirit that resists change is a religious spirit. A religious spirit has knowledge (like the Pharisees), but lack the power that Jesus died so that we may have. He has called us to do greater works than Him. Jesus always did things out of the box. Not only did He change the way things were traditionally done, but even when He performed the same type of miracle, He did or said something different to get results. Instead of systematically saying the same prayer, He only did and spoke what He heard and saw the Father doing. God will create change through us according to what the individual that we are ministering to needs, not through what we feel comfortable doing or saying. We have to have new eyes to see and new ears to hear every time we do something.
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
God wants to do amazing things for us and through us that we have never seen or experienced before. We cannot receive roads in the wilderness and rivers in the desert if our minds are closed to change. If we think things are impossible or too weird to be true, then we will not get to experience the new thing. The new thing will always be so extraordinary that it gives God all of the glory.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We can’t take on the mind and limitations of the world. We have to take on the mind of Christ that transforms us to prove by the fruit that we produce from it, the perfect will of God. God will always prove Himself through us. Through the change that takes place in our lives, we magnify His image and glory. This is why when we trust in Him that He won’t put us to shame. It is for His glory. We are witnesses to the lost of the goodness of God.
New day. New eyes. New ears. New mindset. New you!
Change is not optional; it is a requirement. If we refuse change than God can’t transform us from in new levels of strength, faith and glory. We can’t enter into prosperity with a poverty mindset. We can’t enter into complete freedom with a slave mentality. We can’t enter into limitless possibilities if we are burdened by what seems to be impossible. We can’t enter into our purpose if we are holding on to the old things that have kept us from it.
It’s time to let it go. Let go of the yoke that has held you back. Get rid of the dead weight that has produced rotten results in your life. Your deliverance is in your willingness to change, to behold the new thing. Look and see the new path set before you. There is a water of refreshing waiting for you to drink. Clear your nostrils and smell the sweet aroma of change. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Listen, there is a trumpet of victory, and counsel by the spirit. See in heavenly places, there is a new perspective. Think with the mind of Christ. Transformation in your mind will lead to transformation in your circumstances.
Read Isaiah 58. God wants us to restore the streets that we dwell in. We are to be repairers of the breach. He wants us to shine in dark places. We must embrace the new thing. The world is longing for change. We are the ones that will bring it.
Father, we thank You that You are doing a new thing. Forgive us for being stubborn and religious. Forgive us for resisting change. Break us free from every old, dead thing that has held us back. Deliver us from the fear of change. Transform us and prove yourself through us. We want to be in Your perfect will. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and the courage to do what the spirit is showing us. We want to be a light in dark places. We want to repair the streets that we dwell in. we want to walk in the full power that Jesus died on the cross for us to have. We silence the enemy that would keep us from advancing and tread over him like the snake that he is. We will not be held back any longer. Today we advance into the new day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!