This year seems to be moving at a record pace. It’s like we blinked and April was here. I’m not even sure if I remember my entire list of well thought out written “resolutions” for 2016 but they were brilliant, no doubt.
What I do know and what I do remember is that GOD is performing miracles in my life daily. He is moving mountains that once seemed immovable and breaking boundaries that once were unbreakable. GOD is restoring my relationships and renewing my mind to who He is and who I am in Him. He can do that for you too.
That’s what spring represents for us all… it’s a transitional season, a time of renewal and awakening. GOD is calling us to awake from our slumber, our dormant attitude and step into a season of new. New life, new thoughts, new ideas, new US!
But to make room for the new, we have to shed the old.
I have way too many clothes and shoes, so much so that I am a little embarrassed. But some of the clothes and shoes I own are now way out of style, out of fashion and season and don’t fit anymore. I’m not even sure why I purchased much of it but there they still hang in my closet.
I desperately want (not need) some new clothing and one, maybe two new pairs of shoes. And I have a really good feeling that this Mother’s Day, I will be getting some gift cards to my favorite stores to meet this need (um, want).
However, I will have to make some room in my closet for the new. And I just so happen to want the new more than the old so I am getting rid of the outfits that no longer work for me. How much do you want the new in your life? Is it enough to get rid of some of the old?
Is there anything GOD may be asking you to get rid of? A spirit of fear? Doubt? Negative thinking? Hurt? Anger? A spirit of procrastination? The list could go on for pages and pages of the things we hold onto or allow our souls to operate in, things that keep us from stepping into our “new". But GOD has WAY better for us.
Ephesians 4:31 tells us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior."
Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Romans 12:1-2 urges us that “in view of God’s mercy, to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is our true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Have you surrendered your everything to GOD? He wants it all- your old and your new, your mind, body and soul. He wants your past, present and future. He wants YOU to live a life that pleases Him and brings Him glory. It’s much more than our worship songs that bring GOD praise. Our obedience is far more pleasing than our sacrifice. What is He saying to you today? What “new thing” is he doing in your world?
Isaiah 43:19 declares, “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.”
Let GOD make a way for you. Let Him make all things new. Let go and let GOD. You’ll be happy that you do. And so will a lot of other people who will be on the receiving end of your obedience and the fruit that follows.