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In view of the economic uncertainties and geopolitical tensions around us, we are tempted to “play God” and depend on ourselves.  Like Israel under captivity, we are prone to either fight our own battles or resign to our own fate.  But God tells us otherwise.  He is a God of new things.  He wants to make all things new.  He wants to realign our hearts with His.  God is calling us to look to Him, not at our circumstances, and to focus on our freedom in Christ.

Although there is a time and place to recollect past events to glean its wisdom, we don’t stay there.  Don’t expect past victories to sustain us.  The past is a great place to learn from but it’s a terrible place to live in.  Some of us hang on to our baggage (unresolved issues, failures, and negativity) for too long.  Learn from them and let them go!  If we live in the past, we will never embrace the future God has in store for us.

The question we must ask ourselves then is, “What is God saying to us today?”  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, He gives us the answer, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  This is the heart of the Gospel!  Our past failures, brokenness and pain no longer define us, condemn us, or rule over us.  We are a completely new creation, and we have a new Spirit living in us!

Be vigilant that our ears do not itch for new fads or experiences that count for nothing.  We must be careful when God brings newness that we don’t err and work against it by giving glory to the “new thing” and not to God.  God is saying, “I’m doing something new in your life now.  Can you see it or discern it?  If you don’t, how will you remain in step with the Holy Spirit?”

God has a fresh start for us.  Let’s anticipate Him doing something great.  When we do, He promises to remove all obstacles of coming to Him. (See Romans 8:31-39, a counterpart of Isaiah 43:18-19)  Whatever may be holding us back - wrong thinking, past mistakes, failed relationships - Jesus Christ has already died for them.  We are no longer under their control. Jesus is our way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  He will transform our desert into fields of blessings and our wasteland into gardens of abundance!

Let us therefore join God’s great and new things while we put Christ first in our time, our talents, and our treasure.

Blessings,

Pastor Pete