The Promise of Newness
Newness brings refreshment and purpose, but we so often get caught up in the past instead of what is ahead. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) says: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Newness means making new something that’s worn out, damaged, or been diminished over time. Newness is taking the old and worn and withered and making it fresh and vibrant and alive again.
God’s power is always bigger than your past and God’s truth about us is greater than anyone else’s opinion of us. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) tells us: “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Your old life is gone – and the shame and weight of it is gone as well. You are a new person with a new life ahead of you – your past has been washed away.
Three Promises of Newness That God Gives Us:
- God will give you a new name. We all have names that we have been given or even earned and some of them drag us down. God gives us a new name, but we have to decide to walk away from the labels that hurt us and hold us back. Isaiah 62:2 (NLT) says: “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.” Let that sink in. Who you are today isn’t who you have to be tomorrow, and you have to believe what God says about you and let go of the negative labels others have given you. Remember, you are a new person in Christ. Where you have been is not where you are going. Let us look at the account of Jacob wrestling with the angel of God. It says in Genesis 32:27-28 (NIV): “The man asked him, what is your name? Jacob, he answered. Then the man said, your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” He was called Jacob, deceiver, but God gave him a new name: Israel, overcomer. God takes the negative names that you have been given or have earned in the past and gives you a new name, and he calls you capable and blessed and an overcomer.
- God will give you a new purpose. Matthew 16:17-18 (NLT) says: “Jesus replied, blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Peter wasn’t perfect – he even denied Jesus in His most desperate time of need – but Jesus gave him a purpose and He didn’t take it back when Peter made mistakes. He does the same for us; He gives us a purpose and is faithful to see us through it. Romans 8:28 (NLT) says: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” God is for us, working things together for His glory and our good. While it can be hard to understand while we are in the midst of daily life, His plans are glorious and His grace is enough.
- God will give you a new future. It is written in Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT): “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has a beautiful future for you, full of destiny and blessings and being a blessing to others – and He desires good for each and every one of us. Philippians 3:13b-14 (NIV) says: “… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” God has a wonderful future for you, and you cannot allow yourself to focus on the old when He is making things new and giving you goals that are important and invaluable to the Kingdom. Your future is filled with purpose and hope; don’t lose sight of that.
Refuse to let the names of your past limit God’s plan for your future. Others can say what they wish about you, but you don’t have to let their words define who you are – God’s definition of you is the true definition. Let God bring newness into every area of your life and watch how it gives your future direction and purpose.