New Beginnings Require New Understanding
Isaiah 42:9…Behold the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. (43:18, 19)…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.
New Beginnings Require New Understanding
At our Jubilee Conference last October, we left with excitement and brand new sense of God’s intentions in the earth. We had exciting promises from God throughout the conference sessions, and I came home with high expectations and aspirations. As I reflected on what Gad said, I remembered something Graham Cooke has said to us when confronting things we do yet understand. Instead of asking the wrong questions which detour us from what God is saying, we should ask the two best questions asked on the Day of Pentecost “What does this mean, and what shall we do?” (Acts 2:12, 37)
As we have walked through this gate of new beginnings, these two questions really do help us stay anchored in our upgrades of understanding who we are in Christ. When we have moments of desperation, or when we have sudden setbacks or unforeseen challenges, and especially when we are looking for this new path of encounter with Him, bringing these two important questions before Him help us understand that the issue before us is not the real issue. The real issue is the issue behind the issue, and looking at that issue is how these circumstances bring us into a more elevated relationship with Him.
- Where do we go from here?
- How can we travel these unfamiliar roads ahead without defaulting back to our past methods and understanding that used to work?
- We are all in this place of new beginnings, and as we look at the horizon beyond, we must let go of the familiarity that was so comforting from our past seasons.
God’s Covenant Is A Game Changer
Dutch Sheets said something very strategic at our conference that adds more clarity to the journey. He said it is time to re-dig ancient wells…sometimes you have to go back in order to go forward…sometimes you have to reconnect in order to move ahead. Dutch went on to share that David’s epic successful battle with Goliath was based on David’s history with God. Because David referred to Goliath as an “uncircumcised Philistine,” and circumcision was a sign of covenant, Goliath had no chance against God’s anointed. Why? Because God’s covenant is sure and when the time comes when we face the unknown or a giant of opposition in our path, we must run into that battle with our history with God in one hand and our inheritance in Him in the other.
God Is Forever With Us, Never Against Us
There it is. When we do not understand the challenges before us or even the places of uncertainty and unfamiliarity, we can pray with certainty that…
- You are with me, Jesus. You are with me all the way. I can take my history of covenant with You and my inheritance as Your son, and nothing can separate me from Your love and care. You have my best interest at heart. I trust you even in these unfamiliar places, knowing You will direct my every step and upgrade my every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Co. 10:5). The giant before me is not in covenant with You. Therefore, I run into the battles ahead knowing I am protected and activated into this new beginning, and nothing can stand against me.
Going back and looking at our covenant with God, His prophetic promises over us, and His promise of Philippians 1:6 “that He who began a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,” we can stare down the enemies of obstacles before us in the confidence of His love and promise over us.
People Of Covenant And Relationship
We are not victims but victors, and we center the battle around the majesty of God rather than the accusation of the enemy. God is the God of Covenant, and He has grafted us into the Abrahamic Covenant (Gal. 3:13-14; Genesis 12:1-3) as our foundation, building additional levels of covenant upon it. Why? God is making His bride ready—a victorious, triumphant bride without spot or wrinkle. We are learning our position in Christ, and we are beginning to engage our conflicts with His promises and authority. We are asking the right questions in the right context: “What does this mean in our covenant relationship and history with You, and what shall we do with this to build greater relationship with You?”
This bullseye weapon is the loaded declaration of covenant embedded within these two questions. Covenant. Relationship. Either the obstacle is removed in light of this, or we grow so much bigger than the obstacle that we elevate over it. Either works for me. Both have victory written on it.
Men of Issachar Director