Preparing to shift

shiftIsaiah 43:14-21 NASB “Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “For your sake I have sent to Babylon, And will bring them all down as fugitives, Even the Chaldeans, into the ships in which they rejoice. 15 “I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.” 16 Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea And a path through the mighty waters, 17 Who brings forth the chariot and the horse, The army and the mighty man (They will lie down together and not rise again; They have been quenched and extinguished like a wick):
18 “Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. 19 “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. 20 “The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people. 21 “The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.”

 
In The Message, verses eighteen and nineteen read, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out don’t you see it? there it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”

 
Everything in our lives had lead each of us to the place where we are now. Part of our path has been directed by God, and that crazy off road, in the woods path, that was us. Each part of the path has gotten us to the present though, and this is where Father is saying, I am doing something new.

 
It’s hard when God says He’s doing something new because that means change. Sometimes change means some friends and acquaintances have to leave our lives. Sometimes we change locations, we change mindsets. But it seems most of us have a hard time when we know Holy Spirit is saying we have to change a teaching we have believed.

 
We are a little over a month away from Passover. Passover is a season of change. Israel went from slavery to freedom. In the weeks leading up to Passover many of us are being prepared to make a shift. In recent weeks the Lord has personally and through friends shown me some error in teachings I have followed. It is hard to let go of things.

 
My Pastor brought out an interesting point this past Sunday from Joshua chapter five. When the Israelites found the corn and cooked it from that point on there was no more manna. Manna was from God but there came a time when Israel had to trade one God thing for another.

 
I believe we are in a season of the entire body coming to a new level, the only ones that will transition are the ones who are willing to let things go. I believe in eating the meat and spitting out the bones. That being said, if the bones ratio is bigger we are better off foregoing that particular meal.

 
In this time of preparing ourselves for what God has begun to do, it’s time for us to receive the new thing. For many of us that includes laying down certain teachings, stopping certain relationships and developing new ones.

 
I would encourage everyone reading this to set aside time to seek the Lord and ask Him to show you anything you need to let go of to move forward. Some things may not be easy to let go of but in order to move forward in God we have to let go of the past season to grab hold of the new one.

 
I pray that as you seek Him your eyes, ears and heart will be open to see and receive hard things, to have courage to throw off past hurts, past thinking and anything that hinders your progress.

 
The old generation who couldn’t get Egypt out of them had to die off before the children of Israel could inherit the promise land. Don’t be one to leave Egypt locally but maintain residence there spiritually and mentally.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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