Turn around. A 180 degree turn that changes your entire perspective and relation to the space around you. A new view. What happens when we turn around? What will we find? What are we turning our back on?
Acts 3 tells us we must repent and turn back to God so that our sins will be removed, but wait…there’s more. When we turn around the result is more than just the complete obliteration of our sin, but times of refreshing flowing from facing Jesus.
God has something new waiting for you. He knows you can feel it bubbling forth, it is time to turn around and face Him and see what He has in store for us. He is making a way for us through the tangled mess we have created. He is bringing us refreshment in our desert if we turn the GPS over to Him.
We are all in a bit of a Lazarus season. The pandemic has put to death our old normal, our old priorities, our old systems and expectations. Now, Jesus is calling out to us to rise and walk out of the grave, letting the linen of our old lives fall away and facing the son. I can only imagine that Lazarus was forever changed, a new man, when he walked out of the grave. We can be, too.
We can walk away from our old selves and into the new to us original design for our lives God has in store. Leave your old stresses, worries, obligation you created, and mis-priorities in the grave. Come out of this fresh and new; they don’t hold you back any more.
Though you entered this year with little (little faith in God, little time, little joy), you have the opportunity to come out with much. Walk into this new normal with much faith in God, more time, and abundant joy.
Acts 3:19- And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence.
Isaiah 43:19- For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
John 11:43-44 After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out with his hands and feet bound in strips of linen, and his face wrapped in a cloth. “Unwrap him and let him go,” Jesus told them.
Romans 6:6 Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.
2 Corinthians 5:17- Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
Job 8:7 And though you started with little, you will end with much