Sunday, May 7, 2006

New & Improved

New & Improved


Text for Today: 2 Corinthians 5 KJV

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Wednesday evening, during the worship time, we heard a prophecy. The Spirit of the Lord spoke and said that He was visiting people once again and stirring up gifts and dreams. Gifts and dreams that had gotten old and cold from time or lack of use. Those gifts and dreams that were almost forgotten and laid aside.

Right now, in the Name of Jesus, be stirred up in the spirit of your mind. Do not neglect the gift or dream God has given you, even those from long ago. I speak to the gift and dream of God in you … ‘Come Forth!’

Why is this necessary?

God is determined to have His way. For all the world to hear and believe the Gospel of His Dear Son, Jesus, the Christ, and be born again.

God has a plan

He will succeed

We have a chance to participate

You might say: “Me? How could I ever do anything for God? Why would He want me?”

Isaiah 65:8 KJV says that:

Isaiah 65:8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: …

You see, you are just what God needs to make the blend He wants. You are a part of the cluster. A necessary ingredient in the formula He knows will work. You are a part of God’s plan for success.

There is a blessing in you, the prophet said.

God has deposited in you a secret part of His overall plan. It is a hidden treasure which God has strategically placed in earthen vessels.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. KJV

Right now God wants your attention.

He is bringing a new season upon the earth. I know some of you have been hearing this for a while. That is what I said to the Lord and I believe He answered me.

He said, “Well it takes a while.”

There is an ongoing process unveiling itself to some, already unfolding in others. The process of transformation. God is changing you little by little on the inside and it will show on the outside.

You are the earthen vessel He has made to carry the treasure of His kingdom and to contain the new wine. You make it and you carry it.

Luke 5:38 "But new wine must be put into new wineskins, … (NKJV)

God wants to make you new so that you can contain and preserve the new. God can make you new all over again.

He has a plan

He will succeed

And you have a chance to participate

The plan of God is unfolding. Therefore, in order for us to continue participating, we must also continue our transformation process.

To be born again is to become a new creature.

However, even the new creature must continue to be re-newed.

Continual transformation of the new creature takes place through this spiritual process of renewing. The Apostle Paul admonished every believer in:

Romans 12:2 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)

This morning let our individual and collective prayer to God be:

“Make me new once again O Lord!”

“Renew me”

“Refresh me”

“Visit me … Use me”

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing …

Revelation 21:5 Behold, I make all things new …

Become a new and continually renewed creature today.

How? Ask God to do it. Say this to God:

#1 Take me to Yourself.

#2 Make me more like You.

New & Improved! God is awakening your dreams.