Re 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Have you ever considered what it means to make all things new? God sometimes tells us that this is what He is doing. We get all excited thinking how we will have or do this new thing. Do we really realize what this statement means? Revelations says ďI make all things new.Ē For all things to become new, then all the old must pass away. It canít be ďallĒ new if there is still some of the old. So having all things made new means that we must get rid of all of the old. This is really not an overnight thing. This is generally a process. This is God breaking us free of old things such as the past, living conditions and places, people, churches, and so many other things. This can be a process that our flesh finds difficult to handle. It requires for us to die to self desires and wants. It requires us to die to things that we even like. I know that I use to get all excited at the thought of all things new. I did however fail to really realize just what that meant. It canít be all new if there is still the old.
Even though this process may be a difficult one for us to handle at times, the results are so great. When we get to all the new we find that we are so thrilled. One reason is that is something that God built and not us. When He builds something we always love it. Much of the old was built by us or our flesh. We are told that the Spirit gives life in Godís Word. What the Holy Spirit builds is far better than anything our flesh ever came up with. Godís building something brings peace, pleasure, contentment, and satisfaction in us. We cannot bring that to our self. We may have a form of it through our own effort, but it will and can never compare to what God builds. I always think of the scripture in Psalms 127:1. ďExcept the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.Ē This says our labor is in vain. The reason is that it is only a substitute for the real. The real is what God builds.
Even though you may find yourself in the transition, donít lose heart. Rejoice that God is allowing this to take place in your life. What He has for you is far above and greater than anything that you could come up with for yourself. It is like the scripture:
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
You must be patient during the transition but look at the promise. You will be perfect and entire wanting nothing! Now that is a great reason to be patient. How many can say that they are perfect and entire and want nothing? So if God is making all things new, you are going to have to willingly let go of all the old. You canít take the old with you. The old will weight you down. The old will spoil the new. The old can come in many forms as I stated earlier. Possibly the old is just the past in your heart. Maybe it is all the things that happened to you which were hurtful. Maybe it is all the things that people did to you and the pain that you felt as a result. It can just be all the memories of things of the past. Maybe it is time to make some new memories that God makes in you. Those memories will bring joy and happiness. Maybe it is time to let go and let God. Let Him make all things new as His way is the only way. His way is the best way as you will soon find. Scripture says:
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before
Maybe it is time to start reaching for all the new that God has just for you.
Hi Rick -
Thank you for this rich piece.
It certainly engaged.
Especially, I love this that you expressed:
"We are told that the Spirit gives life in Godís Word. What the Holy Spirit builds is far better than anything our flesh ever came up with. Godís building something brings peace, pleasure, contentment, and satisfaction in us. We cannot bring that to our self."