by: Holly Myers
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things not consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.”
As women we tend to let our thoughts dictate our feelings and before long those feelings lead us into this false perception of reality. Fake or not, in that moment, it’s completely real and we respond accordingly. We keep our thoughts locked in on what should have, could have happened and then we get stuck there. We can’t see past what is surrounding us. I want us to look beyond our circumstances and begin to see what’s going on.
The beginning of this verse says: “Remember NOT.” It implies that we often keep our minds on something that has already happened, and before long we are stuck in seasons or relationships or even shame from those things. God wants you to keep your eyes on Him alone so that nothing else grabs your attention.
Also when we read “nor consider the things old,” the word “consider” caught my eye.
Webster defines it as: to gaze on steadily.
WOW! I am so guilty of this. When I see a picture of myself, I tend to first notice my weight; then I’m suddenly stuck there in my thoughts. I feel defeated and I stop at nothing to retake the picture or to delete it from ever being seen. I have untagged myself from many photos on social media...
I have also gazed upon a dream so long and so hard that the no’s that came my way sent me into a deeper stare with what I thought was someone attacking my dream. I never actually understood it was all my pride.
It’s where and who we lock our eyes with that sends our hearts and feet to follow.
I have read the next part of this verse so many times before, but recently it took hold of me: “I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
Two things jumped out at me: the word “doing” and “springs.”
The word “doing” simply implies an ongoing process. Which means I may get stuck in pride or envy or my weight or the lack of discipline in an area, but God’s radiance and glory will draw me back in and set my heart in the direction of redemption through His holiness.
The sunsets on a beach or a mountain always take my breath away. I have thought to myself how can anyone not see God in this. But I often have missed the beauty of God’s glory because of where my eyes were. This verse encourages me to know that God doesn’t want me to stay where I am. He is doing something NEW daily in me and around me to pull me into a deeper intimacy with Him.
The word “springs” literally means “rising up out of.” As I looked at this verse and understood that this NEW thing that is rising up has to rise up out of something, right? So I began to look within my life and the areas that still lead me into defeat and other areas that I have found victory in and why. For years, I wouldn’t put on a bathing suit, for years I would binge until I was sick. I took diet pills, I purged, I hated looking in the mirror and I hated my body more than anything.
What a place of darkness.
It would be easy to remember and look back to those defeating days that often left me with such anger and pain within my heart but out of ashes rises beauty. I look in the mirror now and see myself as yes overweight but it no longer drives my emotions because God’s word says I am beautiful. I have not binged in years because I realized that stuffing oreos in my mouth didn’t fix my issues. I have found my completion and my worth in my Creator alone. My dream no longer drives my existence because I chose to just follow God and leave the results to Him.
You see, sin and places of defeat in our lives will keep us on memory lane until we choose to remember NO more. When you are walking around in a haze, you are in a state of confusion because you can’t see what is in front of you. God is never the author of confusion. When you are gazing your eyes on Him, you see clearly. We can’t undo an image in our minds, but we can replace the words that follow in our heads with the truth of God’s word.
Today be encouraged to write continuous truth on your heart because that is the very tool to fight the enemy.The devil will tempt you with old ways…
He will remind you of who you once were...
He will tell you that no one loves you.. .
He will tell you that you are fat and so much more...
BUT the truth is that the enemy’s loudest roar can’t trump even a whisper of our God.
You are beautiful.
You are chosen.
You are a world changer.
You are forgiven.
You are redeemed.
You are set FREE.
You are loved.
You are His.
Choose to fix your eyes on a God who makes ALL things NEW today, and then choose to believe it.
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About the Author: Holly is a pastor's wife, mom of two teen girls, church planter, speaker and ministry leader. She and her husband, Richard, founded Revolution Church in North Carolina where she's also the President of Unbound Ministries. Holly also serves CKM as an itinerant speaker.
She is passionate about helping others surrender to God's beautiful grace. She has experience freedom from her own struggles with self-image and desires to help others experience the same freedom in Christ that comes through surrendering to His grace.
She loves to share her story with youth groups and at ladies events. She specializes in encouraging messages about freedom, identity in Christ and embracing God-sized dreams.
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