“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”. Isaiah 43:18-19
“The new thing you seek is here, but your possession of it requires time and effort”. Dr. Celeste Owens.
Have you ever started a new project, a new job, joined a new church and found yourself fully committed? Has God ever called you to fast or did you participate in a corporate fast and start of totally excited? However, somewhere down the road your commitment level and your excitement drops. The reason is we’ve lost focus and we no longer want to do the work. However, to finish strong, we must not only start strong but remain committed until the end. I’m on day 2 of the 40 Day Global Surrender Fast, initiated by Dr. Celeste Owens. The scriptures for today are Hosea 10:12, Galatians 6:7 and 2 Corinthians 9:6. These scriptures are all about sowing and reaping, and this is what God spoke to me, so I thought I would share with you:
1. Sowing obedience reaps the harvest of righteousness and mercy. Obedience is God’s love language and this is what He responds to. Just like in relationships (marriage, friendship or even work), speaking the other person’s love language causes them to respond in a favorable manner. It’s the same with God. Obedience brings the blessing.
2. You must be conscious of what you sow (especially with your mouth) because that is what you’ll reap. (see Proverbs 18:21) Make sure your words bring life and not death. Stop murmuring and complaining, but find the good in every situation.
3. Your attitude towards sowing will determine the size of your harvest. It’s not so much about the quantity (although important) but more about the quality of the time and effort you give. There must be a complete surrender.
So, whatever endeavor you’re on, whatever “new thing” you’re expecting from God, I encourage you to do the work. What is the work you ask? Seeking the Lord daily before you start your day, remain committed until the end, choose your words wisely, and do an attitude check frequently. As you do this, watch Him unfold your role in the manifestation of the “new thing”.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!