Friday, January 15, 2016

A New Thing?

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Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

I feel like that verse applies to my life at this very moment.  As you read this, I'm probably finishing breakfast in the city to the left --  San Jose, Costa Rica.  As you can see, it's a mix of old and the world's idea of new.  But our starting verse isn't talking about new as the world thinks of it.  It's talking about God doing new things.  And that's why I'm here.

My path getting to San Jose had a spiritual foundation, but a more literal prod.  Some of it because of decisions in my past that have had physical repercussions.  The result is that, where I live now, cold weather makes going out less pleasant than I'm usually willing to deal with, unless necessary.  The result is evangelism and discipleship via the written word instead of verbal, in person.  But now, God is nudging me to look for places where the climate will allow one on one interaction much more regularly.  And, besides my own thoughts, there's a brief devotional thought that Minister Kenneth Tamara shared recently that I believe speaks to part of why I'm here.

"In 1 Sam 23 we see David repeatedly asking the Lord on what move to make. Even after getting an answer, he consults the priest to seek an answer thru the ephod.  Some will label this as not having faith. Isn't it better to consistently seek God as we process the fears and inconsistencies in us?"  Minister Tamara makes a valid point there.  I'll add this -- if you recognize the shortcomings of your humanity, then you'll at least examine your conclusions and how you got them.  Indeed, there are New Testament calls to follow David's example as seen in 1 Samuel 23.

Mark 4:22-25 (NKJV)  "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.  If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."  Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.  For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

1 John 4:1 (NKJV)  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The book of Proverbs suggests caution, often.

Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 19:8 (NKJV)  He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

We need to be sure of what we receive, where we receive it from, and that we haven't added our own spin on it.  Which is why I've been in San Jose for a week.  The two greatest commandments are summarized by Jesus as telling us to first love God, then love people, and keep those priorities in order.  I'm seeing if this is where God wants me to live in that.

Not being sure of my schedule in Costa Rica or how frequently I'd have internet access, I wrote this beforehand.  I might update it with some info from my week in Central America.  But, whether I do or not, please pray.  And, with all we've said here, is there something God's calling you to that requires going to the ephod?  Do you feel God tugging on your heart and need to test that it's really Him?

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