A few days ago on July 23, 2002, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “It’s a new day.” I knew immediately that “new day” means a change in my own life as well as a change for the body of Christ. It means a shifting of things from their present status and condition to something bigger in the Lord that will require the effort of taking a giant step of faith. You guessed it, that means, stretching your faith from where it is now to a higher level in God.
It means a transitional change from the old of yesterday to the new day of now. Every new day is a day of now (present time) in God because He is the great I AM, meaning He‘s ever present (now). “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen” (Heb.11:1). Every time you say the word, now you’ve updated yourself. You can’t go back five minutes ago and say that particular now at this present time because it‘s in the past.
BY THE WORD:
We can be encouraged in knowing that none of us can get to this new level of faith by our own abilities or intelligence. It will only come to be by the Word of God--“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17) and by the illumination of the Holy Spirit Who causes the Logos Word to become a Rhema (living) Word in our spirits. It will take us receiving the Word by faith and then putting a corresponding action to it in our daily walk with the Lord. James 1:22 says, “Be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, deceiving your own selves.”
Lets look briefly at the word “change” and see more clearly what it means.
Change: “A shifting. Transfigure. To be or cause to be different. To transfer from one place to another place.”
Those definitions sums up the “new day” the Lord was talking about pretty good. You know, a new day means exactly what it says, it’s a brand new day and with it comes change in many different ways, such as God speaking to us from His Logos Word, or His Rhema Word, or through the prophetic word, or through dreams and visions where He instructs and directs us toward fulfilling His good plan for our lives. God is not limited to the ways in which He chooses to bring us to a “new day” of change in our lives. He is only reduced in greatness by the smallness (doubt, fear, unbelief) of our mind (sets) in trying to relegate God to size down to us.
The biggness and greatness of God often overwhelms us and makes us most uncomfortable but if we can somehow size Him down, He at least seems a little more managable. That makes about as much sense as trying to gather up the sunlight and trying to stuff it into a box. This is what the Lord told me one time. He said, people try to do this all the time---put Him in some form of religeous box but He also said, “It can’t be done, no more than you can stuff the sunlight into a box.”
In the many ways that God speaks, He chose to speak to the rebellious prophet Balaam through the mouth of his donkey that certainly did bring a “new day” of change into his life. It shifted him from prophesying curses over Israel to prophesying blessing over Israel instead. This says to me, that if God can use anything for His glory, then surely He can use you and I. Amen? Yes indeed, even more so than a donkey.
THE UNCOMFORTABLENESS OF A NEW DAY:
I want you to take a few moments to think and compare the day you had yesterday with the day you’ve had today. See if you can recognize some place of change that occurred in the course of that 24 hours as you allowed the Holy Spirit to lead and direct you. Even in natural things, change comes with each new day, isn’t that true? One day, the sun may be shinning. The next day, it may be cloudy and raining. As change occurs in the natural order of things, so does even more change come to our spiritual lives as the Holy Spirit is at work with the Word to help us become more Christ like.
As uncomfortable as it may be for many of God’s children, there is a shifting going on in our individual lives as well as the body of Christ corporately. This has to happen in order for God to move us into those strategic places of the Spirit so we can be effective and fulfill our assignment as God’s ambassadors in the earth. And what does this effectiveness do? It brings change to others. Even in the natural, if you’ve ever been in a storm where you actually felt the earth shifting underneath you, you can probably remember how uncomfortable and unsettling this was to you. People who live in areas where earthquakes happen frequently know this feeling quite well.
If you really think about it, when in this kind of storm you can also recall how you just wanted things to settle down and be the way they were before. You don’t want to be moved around out of the comfortable place you were in. Am I talking to anybody? You just wanted things to return to what you believed was normal. Do you know that in the world’s eyes there is nothing normal about being a born again Christian? In fact, the Bible calls us a “peculiar people” which means, we’re a set apart people of kings and priests unto God (1 Pet.1:9). Hallelujah, I like that.
We’re also told to come out of the world (come out of operating in the worlds system), although we physically live in the world. Spiritually, we’re not of this world, we’re citizens of heaven after we’ve been born again (Phil:3:20). A lot of people are going to find themselves in a “new day” of change in areas where you can no longer compromise God’s principles to conform to the world’s ways. This can no longer be as in the days of yesterday.
As children of almighty God, we move and breathe and have our being in Him, not the world and as citizens of that heavenly city called heaven, we move to a different beat, it‘s the beat of the Spirit. Isn’t it wonderful to know that it’s okay to not be so normal by the world’s standards and it‘s actually an honor to be “peculiar?” Hallelujah! It’s liberating in the Holy Ghost because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor.3:17).
FITTING INTO GOD’S PLANS:
A “new day” of change is the order for the Church now. You’re right, God is up to something and you best know, it’s something good that will change us spiritually and help move us more into the realm of His glory. This change and shifting is already going on in the spirit realm and not only over the nations of the world but over our homes and families, our businesses and jobs. Over our churches, our government, locally and nationally, our ministries, over our children and our families.
Everybody in this “new day” is experiencing that kind of shifting under his or her feet because when this kind of shifting is felt under your feet, it will get you moving. Amen? Now, for a lot of people, this “new day” will mean, finally getting out of the boat of fear and unbelief to walk by faith on water and do the things God has called you to do for the glory of His Kingdom.
This “new day” is not a day of being lazy anymore and procrastinating, that is, putting things off until a better day. A more suitable day that fits your plans. No, no. The Lord would say to all of us that “His Spirit will lead us in all His ways that are perfectly shaped for our lives to fit into.” Change is here now where we’re all going to have to get in agreement with God and His Word and accept the truth that it is us that must fit into God’s good and perfect plans (Romans 12:2). It is not God Who must fit into our plans. I mean, who have we dared to think we are? God? God forbid!
Don’t ever forget that we’re that speck of dust that He breathed the breath of life into and we became a living soul (Gen.2:7). We are wonderfully and gloriously made by a loving heavenly Father Whose throne only seats Himself along with Jesus Who’s seated by His right hand. God, the Father has raised us up to sit together with Jesus Christ in heavenly places (Eph.1:6). The Bible doesn’t say that we’ve replaced God or Jesus there on the throne. Are you hearing what I’m saying to you? Isn’t this what Lucifer did when he said, “I will ascend above the most high, etc?” Yes it is and we all know what happened to him. Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18).
A WILLING VESSEL:
In order for us to adjust to this “new day” of change and transition, we must be willing to allow God to place us where He can bring out every ability, talent and gifting in each of us to it’s fullest potential to benefit the rest of the body and all people. We each have a place of importance in the body of Christ. No one is more important than another is. No one is less than another sibling in the family of God because He looks at all of us as equals.
If you will get hold of this truth, it will bring peace, joy and freedom to you spirit, soul and body because what this means is, we don’t have to knock ourselves out trying to be like everybody else. We’re each a unique creation in God and free to be that unique creation. Therefore, we don’t have to continually compare ourselves to others and if we don’t measure up, give ourselves a bad grade.
This doesn’t mean you’re not going to move up to your designated place. It just means, you may not be there yet but as we all are, keep “pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:14) and you will begin to move more freely in the things of God. Why do I say this? Simply because when we humble ourselves and accept that God’s plans for us are perfect and we become a willing vessel who will allow the Holy Spirit to shape us, mold us, redefine us, change us and shift us around from that place to this new place, trusting God to form us more into the image of His Son, it takes the pressure off.
We can then relax because we trust ourselves to God, our heavenly Father Who delights in each of us. We’re at peace and we have joy, regardless of what's going on around us at any given moment. We can come into God’s rest, which is where He‘s calling us to come into today. This is going to be a drastic transition for a majority of God‘s people to come into His rest. Coming into His rest doesn’t mean we’re to sit down and do absolutely nothing in this thing. Not so because we have our part to do as well. We’re “Co-laborer’s” with Jesus---that’s relationship. That’s covenant.
Whether we like it or not, we’re in a warfare with a deadly, unseen enemy whose name is Satan. His m.o. is deception and Jesus said, he’s a liar and a murderer from the beginning. He’s the father of all lies (John 8:44-45). Plus, Jesus told us in John 10:10 that “Satan is a thief who comes but for to steal, kill and destroy,” but Jesus said, “I’ve come to give you life and that you might have life more abundantly.” So, what am I saying? Simply that in this “new day” in the Lord where much shifting and change is taking place, there is tremendous spiritual warfare going on to try to stop the Church of Jesus Christ from advancing in it’s victories and becoming the glorious Church that Jesus is coming back for. But before He does come back, the enemy desires to stop the Church from stepping out of the confinement of it’s four walls to enter into His labor where the fields are already white (rope) for harvest (of souls).
But be of good cheer and never forget, as long as you’re willing to lengthen your stride, as long as you’re willing to allow the Holy Spirit to stretch you in your faith and get you out of the boat, you’ll find yourself walking on water. That is, doing those things God has called you to do that you were so sure you couldn’t do because the devil lied and said you couldn‘t---and you believed him. Well, it’s true, you can’t do these things by yourself because apart from Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But with Him, we can do all He calls each of us to do through His anointing that empowers us SUPERnaturally to get the job done (Phil.4:13).
A NEW THING IN A NEW DAY:
The day I was given this word about “It’s a new day,“ the Lord drew my attention to Isaiah 43:18-19, where He says, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 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.” God is always doing a ‘new thing’ in a “new day” while we want to settle down in an “old thing” of yesterday.
That word, ‘consider’ means, to muse, meditate, think about, ponder, examine, study. So God was saying to the Israelite’s, “Don’t sit around and think about all of those things of yesterday. Don’t let those former things of yesterday revolve around and around in your mind like a needle stuck in the groove of a record. You’re in a brand new day now. A day where you’re going to see Me do a new thing on your behalf. A day where I’m bringing you into a place where My anointing is flowing. Glory to God! Let us all get under the flow.
Have you ever wondered why God had to keep the Israelite children moving so much? If He had not done this, they would not have been able to come into the “new day” of what God was doing in their lives. He had to keep them moving or they would have settled down right where they were, never going on to fulfill their destiny, never growing in the things of God and never coming into their Canaan land. Their promised land, which was really the land of promise.
We’re no different than the Israelite children were in the respect of wanting to sit down and settle in where it “feels” comfortable---where it’s familiar. The bottom line truth is, people do not like change. We are creatures of habit, people who more times than not, settle for less than God’s best. God is saying, “I want to bless you abundantly,” and we’re saying, “Thanks anyway but I can make do with what I’ve got. I can put up with this situation. I’ve got used to the way things are, etc., etc.” How often have we all said things similar to this and settled for less than God‘s best for us, and in the process, thinking that we‘re so spiritually humble?
It says, we need a mind-change. A change of attitude. Did I mention that this kind of mentality is included in the things that the Holy Spirit is changing throughout the body of Christ in this season of God’s timing? And in speaking of the seasons in God, He will have us to be in certain places and situations for a while so we can learn the things He wants us to learn for that time. We’re also in these places so we can give to others out of what He has put in us. It’s not just a season to receive but a season to give out as well. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Then, when this particular season is over, the Holy Spirit will come to you and say, “It’s a New Day, time to move out of this place that's become the ‘old’ because this season is over. It served its purpose. It’s time to move into this new place I have prepared especially for you.”
I’ve been here at this place. I am here at this place today because the Holy Spirit came to me and said, “It’s a new day.” Throughout the day, I found myself saying often, “It’s a new day" and each time I did, it seemed to settle down in my spirit that much more and I felt a quiet excitement stirring inside. As I said the Holy Spirit‘s words, I sensed in my spirit that some very significant things have changed in the heavenlies already and this “new day” where God is doing a “new thing” has begun for one and all.
Many things in our world are “changing” but folks, this is not a time for fear but a time for faith. It’s a time to be strengthened in the Word and in a God who never fails to do what He sets out to accomplish by His Word and by His Spirit. “It’s not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” And the Holy Spirit always works with the Word to confirm it with signs and wonders. This is not a day for God’s people to be in self-pity, ‘woe is me,’ because things aren’t going according to self-centered plans, but it’s a “new day” to be a people of courage and going forward in the power of the Holy Ghost to pull down Satanic strongholds. It’s a day for prophetic declarations and warfare intercession. It’s a day to begin establishing altars of worship unto our great God and King in our homes, in the church, in the marketplace, the government, etc. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
Let us rise in the mighty name of Jesus Christ this “new day” to link up in loving unity with our brothers and sisters, not breaking rank but fighting together and building the Kingdom of God with one hand while corporately worshiping the Lord Jesus with the other. May each one of us be a willing vessel for the Lord’s use. Years ago when the Lord spoke to me about teaching His Word, one of the things that He said to me when I kept saying that I was inadequate to do that, etc. He said, “I’m just asking you to be a willing vessel that I can pour Myself through to touch people.” He’s always asked that we just be willing to give ourselves completely to Him to use for His glory. May we all be willing vessels who are carriers of His glory to a world in darkness who needs the light of the Son, Jesus Christ, to shine in their hearts and bring a “new day” of change. Amen.