Thursday, July 3, 2014

Something New, Not Old

Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

*Many people have a habit of taking their past into their current or future situations....You may always compare and contrast your current lifestyle to a past situation that caused suffering or challenges your way of thinking. What's even worse is if you try to inflict these thoughts on people who had nothing to do with your past and are ready to be a part of a new future with you. Yet sadly you are afraid to embrace  freedom from complacency, or you may be protecting your feelings because you are too busy living in the prison of past mistakes. When we decide or decided to FOR REAL turn our loves over to Christ, old things passed away and God gave you a clean slate. He even wants you to adopt a new mindset because you are no longer under the submission of the world's standards, but under His grace and guidance to a life where grace abounds towards you (2 Corinthians 9:8), and a life with a better and more expected ending (Jeremiah 29:11). Therefore stop holding back, stop trying to inflict your fears on others by disguising them as concerns, and embrace the good things God gives you rather then trying to find something wrong with it/him/her. In being transparent, I get it...I understand that new things make us nervous or it is easy to doubt rather then be optimistic. However let's pray for each other that we stay focused on the positive (Philippians 4:8) before we remember the negativity of our past, or the inflicting issues the world tries to bring. God wants to create a new circumstance even in an unattractive situation. Are you ready for something new?

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