Words of Life
with Robert Henderson
Truth that will change your life!
ALL THINGS NEW
In the days and time we live in, people would like a fresh start. In addition to personal struggles, the COVID issues, shortages, political upheaval and other forms of trauma, we crave a reset. We realize that perhaps what we had before all this craziness wasn’t all that bad. We could actually long for the good old days. We are told however in Ecclesiastes 7:10 that it is not wise to speak of the former days in this way.
Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NKJV)
10 Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
If we have our focus on the former days, we cannot move into the days that God would set before us. Paul addresses this in Philippians 3:13-14. He saw this as a hindrance to reaching the ultimate goal that God had for us.
Philippians 3:13–14 (NKJV)
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
There is a prize that is reserved for us if we will simply let go of the former days and move into the new that God has arranged. Letting go of the past can involve forgiveness, dealing with regret and even basking in successes in our history.
Any of these can keep us attached to the past in an unhealthy way. Whether what is behind was good or bad, the Lord has a new day for us. We are not here to re-invent the past. We are not here to recapture our history. We are here to move into the new that God has for us in our future. This is why we are told He makes all things new.
Revelation 21:4-7 gives us words of hope and encouragement for the future.
Revelation 21:4–7 (NKJV)
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
This is in the eternity of God. However whatever is promised for the future, we can by faith get some or all of it now. We can reach into the promises of the Lord and receive the newness of the Lord. I love a scripture in I Peter 1:8-9. We are told that we can receive the end of our faith now.
1 Peter 1:8–9 (NKJV)
8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Notice that when we believe what we can not naturally see, we are filled with joy inexpressible and glory. We are reaching into that which is promised in our future and pulling it into the now!
This is the truth of God’s word. When the Lord declares, He makes all thing new, we can have that now. What is involved in God making all things new in our life?
First of all, He brings supernatural comfort to us. He promises that the pain and suffering of the past are wiped away. He declares that He will wipe away every tear and the hurt of the past will be no more! We know that in the eternity of the Lord this will be true. There is however a present tense comfort of the Lord for us. Paul spoke of this in II Corinthians 1:3-4. God is the God of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. Not only does God comfort us in our present pain and affliction, we are able to take that comfort and heal others. This is because whatever God will be in our future, He already is in our present. We can grab hold of the graciousness of who He presently is. This will allow His comfort into our lives to make all things new.
We are also told that the promise of Him making all things new is a true and faithful word. God’s unswerving character as a faithful God brings us into newness of life. We know that we can place a faith and confidence in Him. He will not fail. He will not build us up only to let us down. What He has promised, He will do.
Hebrews 10:23 encourages us to stay faithful. This is because He is faithful that promised. We are not believing in vain. He will perform the word that He has spoken.
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for
He who promised is faithful.
This reality brings us into a newness of faith and trust in the Lord. It shakes us free from the old realm of fear and doubt. It brings us into a place of fresh hope and confidence in God. Whatever He has spoken, He will do.
The reality of His covenant keeping nature causes us to experience His newness. We can stay faithful to Him, because we know that His word is true and will not fail.
The Lord then declares that He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. What He started He will complete. This is why He declares, “It is done!” The outcome does not hang in the balance. It has already been accomplished as far as God is concerned. The Lord is the one who sees the end from the beginning. The word that He has declared will be performed. Isaiah 46:10 proclaims that the Counsel of the Lord shall stand. In other words, what He spoke from the beginning will be fulfilled.
Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV)
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
The Lord then declares that those who are thirsty will be given of the fountain of living waters. This is a fresh move and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This functionally brings us into the newness that is promised us. Notice that these waters of life are given to those who are thirsty. As we thirst after the Lord, He rewards us with mighty outpourings of hIs presence. This outpouring is what causes the newness of the Lord to rest on us. It washes old
mindsets away. It cleanses old sins away. It renews us with fresh flows of the Holy Spirit that makes us new in every way.
The last thing that is mentioned is that when we overcome, we inherit all things. The power to overcome is a result of the renewing of the Lord. We are told in II Corinthians 4:16 that the renewing of the Lord is a day by day experience.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Experiencing the renewal of the Lord comes from a daily life in God. So often, we do not practice daily times with the Lord. Maybe we haven’t developed a daily life with Him. Therefore we don’t get the renewal of Him the way we should. However, if we will practice spiritual disciplines and spending time in His presence, the God who makes all things new, will make us new everyday. This will empower us to be overcomers in this life.
The result will be that we will inherit in times to come the reward that God has for those who overcome. This is because we have learned the secret to abiding in His presence and drinking deeply of His newness every day. There is an inner strength that we gain from His newness in us. The result will be that all disappointment, disillusionment, weariness and discouragement will have no power over us. We are made new in Him on a daily basis. The result will be an inheritance in this life and also in the one to come.