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A NEW THING IN YOU
Out with the old. In with the everchanging new.

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

While attending a conference on the Holy Spirit, the Lord spoke to me saying, "I am doing a new thing in you." I wasnít sure what the Lord meant by "a new thing". Later, He expanded the words into the following message:

THE FATHER'S PROMISE
Do not look for a mighty wind
or tongues of fire.
My disciples only looked to Me,
gave Me all praise and worship.
They were obedient,
returned to Jerusalem
with great joy...and waited.
My promise was to send the Holy Spirit,
to be the baptizer that they and you too
might receive the power
to be My witnesses.
I still ask you to wait,
expecting the Holy Spirit
to come into each life open to Me.
I will come as promised.
Take care of your business at hand.
But wait.
I am doing a new thing in you.

It wasnít the first time I heard those words. On December 30, 1983, the Lord woke me with the first sentence of All Things New... "I am doing a new thing in you." Later, as I began to read more of scripture, I discovered the prophet Isaiah did indeed say, "Behold, I will do a new thing,.." (Isaiah 43:19).  And through Isaiah God tells us, "I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; And before this day you have not heard them..." (Isaiah 48:6,7)

God is creating continuously, in you and me, even as you read this!

Godís compassions truly are "...new every morning"! And we can agree with the prophet Jeremiah, "Great is Your faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:23)

Isaiah continues his words from the Lord to us, "You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God." (Isaiah 62:2,3)  Iím not sure what being "a crown of glory...and a royal diadem" might be, but it sounds exciting and something to look forward to in His revealing time!

The apostle Paul continues this same theme when we "...have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him..." (Colossians 3:10)  The potential is limitless for our growth in the Spirit as we look to Jesus, the perfecter of our faith!

Again, Paul accents the fact that being in Christ makes us a new creation. "...old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)  Abiding in Jesus will not only produce fruit in our lives, but will bring His fullness of joy! (John 15:11)  Halleluia!

Jesus said, "...you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit..." to "...receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you..." (Acts 1:5,8)

Are you ready for the adventure of becoming something new?

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