PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
As we enter the new season of spring, I think of the change in the weather, the atmosphere and the transition in life. It also reminds me of the NEW spirit we have in Christ, the new life and the new things that God is doing in us and through the church.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)
John C. Maxwell, a well-known author, speaker and investor, said, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” This quote is so true and relevant to this topic. We can choose to walk in God’s grace or we can choose to walk in the law. It’s our choice. God sent Jesus for our salvation and to redeem us from the pit of sin, death and eternal separation from God…what a gift!
Ephesians 2:8-10 says: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Part of embracing the new is letting go of the old. This is hard to do–we tend to want to remember and to cherish memories or things in life. We need to remember when God is doing something new, depending on the change that is happening, sometimes He instructs us to let go of the thing that is holding us back. This can be a relationship, a habit or some other kind of altered thing in our lives.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
Sometimes the “new” can be even our old way of thinking. We need to re-NEW our minds by reading the Bible (God’s Word) in order to grow and learn. How can we learn about God and communicate to Him if we’re operating in the worldly flesh or way of thinking? We need to die to the flesh (Romans 8:13) and increase in the Spirit. Of course, we’re human and will falter, but it’s a reminder to all of us to embrace the new things God is doing in our lives.
God’s Word even talks about the harm in mixing the old with the new, and compares this to wineskins (Matthew 9:17)—if you put an old wineskin on a new one, it will tear. Just think of a patch on clothing: If you sew an old patch on new jeans, it could ruin the new jeans because the old patch is probably not strong enough and will wreck the new pair. This is similar to our walk with God. Sometimes God removes things or people, or takes us out of certain environments for our benefit, but if we go back, it can be harmful to us in the long run.
Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. (Matthew 9:17)
We don’t embrace “new” messages or “new-age” material in the sense of adding to the Bible or other messages pertaining to altering God’s Holy Word. That is something that should not be new. It says in Ecclesiastes: What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
The “new” I’m talking about is the new season, the fresh start, the changes in life and so forth. Maybe you’re a new believer, or were recently baptized or had an encounter with Jesus—this is all-new to you. New seasons are exciting; even if change is scary, we know that it’s going to happen. Once that new season kicks in, we all tend to embrace it, and if we walk with God closely, we will see His divine hand in all of the areas of our lives by His grace and mercy.
PI Girls, what new things is God doing in your life? Comment below! We love you!