3 "NOW" Things God Wants to do in Our Lives

We are an instant society. We want what we want when we want and yesterday wouldn’t be soon enough.

We have instant meals

Instant banking

Instant credit

Instacart

And a whole host of other instant things.

We want things NOW.

I’m sure you’ve been in a store and witnessed a child’s temper tantrum because they want something and mama or daddy said the dreaded words: You’ll have to wait.

Maybe like me you’ve been the parent in this scenario!

We want things NOW.

Have you ever prayed, begging God to do something. Or maybe even demanding that He move in a certain situation. I’m sad to say this has also been me.

We want things NOW.

I’ve been looking at the word “new” in light of the etymological meaning:

that which is now, recent

As I've studied, I've applied this meaning to Isaiah 43:18-19 where God is promising to do a new thing for Israel. He is telling them not to look at His past movements among them but to look and see His “now” movement.

He wants us to do the same.

He wants to do a new thing in each of our lives, a “now” movement.

Here are three “now” things God wants to do in our lives:

1) Make us into entirely new people.

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17:

“Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭TPT‬‬

To enfold something means to wrap it up. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are wrapped up in Him and God gives us a brand new identity. We no longer need to live captive to our sin nature because God has made our lives fresh and new through Christ.

Gathered Manna: We don’t have to wait for heaven to be made new, God wants to make us a new creation NOW.

2) Give us a new heart.

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26‬ ‭NLT

Because we are all born with a sin nature, we all have stubborn hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us the human heart is deceitful beyond measure and desperately wicked. Jesus said that the words we speak come from our heart and that’s what defiles us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, God gives us a heart transplant. He takes out our stubborn, sin-saturated heart and gives us a tender, responsive heart. And He puts His Spirit in us.

Gathered Manna: We can be tender and responsive toward God and others because God has put His Spirit in us NOW.

3) Put a new song in our mouths.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lost in our sin we cannot know true joy and the song of our heart is one of longing. When we accept Christ as our Savior, God turns our songs of longing and lament into hymns of praise for all He has done for us. Psalm 22:3 tells us God is enthroned on our praises. One version uses the word “inhabits” which means God dwells in our praise.

Gathered Manna: Praise brings God’s presence near NOW.

Which of these “now” things do you need God to do in your life today?

Will you ask Him to come and do the “now” thing He desires to do in and through you?

That’s your Thursday Thoughts!

See ya next time!

Until then, keep gathering manna, growing deeper, and gaining intimacy!

God bless and keep you,

Jane


God desires to do a new thing in our lives, a "now" movement of His Spirit.


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