Where Newness Never Ends

old vs. new

I know a place where newness never ends. A place where joy abides and splashes of hope reign. A place where the Great I Am meshes with the needy.  

 Have you ever wondered why God calls Himself the Great I Am? He could just as appropriately have named Himself I Was There or Grace for Tomorrow.  But then, He is no has-been or pie-in-the-sky God, is He? He’s not the kind of Father who births His children, then leaves us to fend for ourselves.

There are times when we need to be reminded of what God’s done in the past to renew our hope and strengthen our faith. Especially when we’re running low on both. But what if . . . ?  There is no what if with God. For His Word is full of promises to heal our past, meet us in the present and secure our future.

However, our greatest encouragement comes in knowing He’s our ever-present Great I Am, everything we need, always in the moment God. There’s something special about choosing to explore the presence of God. After all, it’s the place where time doesn’t wrinkle the heart. A place where the old gives way to the new and where there’s always room to grow spiritually.

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You and I have good reason to explore the reality of God’s presence in our lives. For without the protection of His Spirit within and around us, where would we be? Spiritually naked. Vulnerable to the enemy’s plot to threaten our concept of the true God. As well as our ability to relate to Him on a personal, life-changing level.

Acknowledging God’s presence can literally blow the chaff of pretense off our very existence. When we allow Him to orchestrate our moments, everything changes. Our wayward thoughts, our moodiness and our regrets. When we allow the Holy Spirit to reign in our minds and hearts, something miraculous takes place. He transforms our grumpiness into gratefulness and our despair into hope. Not only in the great mountain moments but in the stuck in the mud moments, as well.

God’s story of redemption and renewal is an old one. Yet, it takes on fresh meaning with every telling and every moment renewed by His grace. Deep within every person lies a need to grasp the significance of the greatest history lesson ever taught, His story. The story of God’s presence in the world and how  He personalized His very presence in the hearts of His children.

Catherine Hankey said it well when she wrote the following words. “Tell me the old, old story, that I may take it in—that wonderful redemption, God’s remedy for sin. Tell me the story often, For I forget so soon; The early dew of morning has passed away at noon….”

I know a place where newness never ends. A place where God turns our lives into new wine that surpasses the old. Some may ask, is this gift of forever newness available to anyone, or just a few? How is this strange phenomenon even possible? Suppose we let God speak for Himself:

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf… Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” II Corinthians 5:14-15,17  NAS 

“And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then God speaks to John and to all who have been appointed to write for Him. ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God and they will be my children.’” Revelations 21:5-7 NLT

open your heart

I know a place where the newness begins and will abide forever. A place where the door is always open those who have lost their way, as well as newcomers to the family of God. A place where the lonely heart comes home to the Father’s heart, never to roam again. 

 So if you’re stuck in the past with no hope, take heart. Or if you’re unsure where you’ll spend eternity, listen to the One who loved you enough to die for you. And open your heart to His invitation.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

 When we decide to embrace the overwhelming evidence of God’s truth and love, we can know the abiding presence of God. It’s a gift, not a matter of good works or good behavior. For God gives the gift of faith to the hungry heart.

new life

Are you hungry for a new beginning, new life, new understanding? There is a place for you where the newness never ends.

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What does it mean to you to know the presence of the living God is always available to you?

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One Response to “Where Newness Never Ends”
  1. shirlee says:

    Liz, David Balch with the Lord 5/1/16.

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