What Does a New Start Require?

A fresh revelation of God.  We have to encounter the supernatural to make sense of our natural again.  Like Moses’ bush, or Elijah’s mountaintop experience, we have to see God as He really is.  There has to be a fresh revelation of God, who He is and what He can do.  We need to put on believing eyes: that see with faith what the future holds.  We need to put on ears of faith: that Hear God’s words and promises and believe them in our hearts.

 

In order to experience such revelation, we need to draw near.  Moses drew near to the bush, Elijah had to go to the mountain top to stand IN the presence of God.  David had to go to the inner sanctuary and confess his sin to God, offering up sacrifice for his sin.  God tells us to “Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to us.”  James 4:8-10 MSG

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

 

Once you have revelation and have dealt with the voices in your head, you need to make a commitment to start.  It implies:

  1. No turning back, no going back to the past as things were before. Moses could not go back to the desert, where things were small, he had to go back to Egypt and set the people free.  Elijah had to leave the mountain and go back, anoint Elisha and start a school for prophets.   Both had to get on with it and move into the new start that they had been given.
  2. They had to make the commitment to start out, not knowing how things were going to turn out. All they had, was a fresh vision of God.  They had to take hold of God and keep taking hold of Him.  They had to trust Him and trust His purposes.  They had to be obedient to His will, even if it cost them.  They had to abandon all their excuses, dig deep and get on with it.  They had to get over their weaknesses, their failure, their “damaged goods”, their emotional baggage, their reduced capacity.  They had to do the next thing, whatever it was that God put into their hand to do.
  3. They had to make the decision, to not let their past govern their expectations of the future. They did not know what the future held, or what would happen, But had to move forward with NO guarantees.  Moses didn’t know if he would be killed.  Elijah knew that Jezebel was looking for him.  Trusting God was a decision they had to take every step of the way.  They had to “count themselves lucky” and believe in the goodness of God. Psalm 32:1-2 MSG

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
    you get a fresh start,    your slate’s wiped clean.

 Count yourself lucky—    God holds nothing against you
    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

 

  1. They had to start confessing what they believe to themselves and take a corresponding step in faith. Their behavior had to match what they believed. (James 2:25-26) They had to start not just being hearers of the Word, but doers of what they believed.
  2. They had to do it in total dependence on God. Moses confessed that he could not speak, Elijah confessed that he was tired. They had to rely heavily on the grace of God, the Holy Spirit had to ENABLE them to do the next thing.  In their own ability, they considered themselves weak, unqualified, incapable, unwilling, no good, a failure.  But relying on God’s enabling power, relying on God’s ability, God’s certainty they all took the next step motivated by their faith.

So, making a new start requires a fresh revelation of God and then a commitment to make a start.  We cannot just settle for a revelation of God and stay in that warm comfortable place.  We still have to live the life that God has given us, which means we need to step out.

Your face Lord will I seek.  I will draw near to You so that I may know You and have conviction of You in my heart.  Help me to take the next step, trusting that the God of the Universe is with me and watching over my life.  Help me to remember that my past does not determine my future.  For clearly my eyes have not seen, nor my ears heard, nor my mind conceived, what God has prepared for me, who loves Him (2 Cor 2:9).

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About the Author:

Michelle du Toit lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married to Adrian, with two children. She is passionate about God and influencing people. She shares her own personal treasures from the bible for encouragement to others.

One Comment

  1. Lesley January 27, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    The bible verse quoted at the end of your blog – 2 Corinthians 2 – Wow!!! Just what I needed at the beginning of this year which presents new challenges for me!
    Thank you Michelle
    xxx

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