God says, Its time for a change; I will do New Things!"

by Tom Panich

For years, many in leadership have been expressing how things in the church are going to look a lot different than they currently appear. Right now, I believe God is asking us this question. Aren't you yet tired of the same old forms of godliness, manipulated by the phony powerless religious spirit that displays none of My power and still offers the same old attitudes that the Pharisees and Sadducees had? I believe if the church would get totally honest with itself and begin to cry out to God, we'd hear these timely words: It's time for us to change!"

2 Timothy 3:5 They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals. Stay clear of these people.

Message Bible

Currently there is a multitude of varying gospels being preached within the body of Christ, of which most preach God's precious salvation message. Without very much of an alteration in church services, most tend to perform the same actions that never seem to effect the unsaved nor good, God-fearing people. Both saved and the unsaved rarely ever leave meetings with much of a recognizable change. It's time for that to change!

It's amazing and sad how we're creatures of habit who get stuck, more often than not, in patterns of ancient religious systems of traditionalism. If these systems are allowed to continue in their present fashion, they can mislead not only God's precious people of the faith, but the unsaved as well.

Truly, the church has allowed itself to sustain in its present controlled condition for far too long. Like a garment that wears out after much use, it's spiritually clear to some that it's time for the current system to change directions. Much of what is actually still embraced in even the most modern of religious services is nothing more than dead religious formats which by now should have at least had a small course of modification. Some adjustments have been made from within some gatherings but for the most part, things really haven't changed much. Without a definite spiritual direction change, certain unproductive ramifications can't help but be potentially manifested and even produce more luke-warmness.

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Many of today's church meetings or gatherings are still based upon good, but ancient, uninspiring formats and programs. Musically speaking, there is nothing wrong with a good old hymn or a standard praise and worship song, but as worship leaders in the house of God, it's vitally important to also bring forth a freshness of the life of God to His Church. Many of today's worship leaders should have the old worship songs memorized, and new songs should be allowed to be brought forth.

In His word God said, Behold I do a new thing, - not an old thing. Many of us have missed it when we've refused to come along side of the spiritual principal of the new things of God. Instead we've chosen to stay safe with old patterns. For the church of Jesus Christ to not grow stagnant, we must continue to learn to allow the Spirit of God to show us the new things. God's Spirit wants newness of life to be manifested through us.

Isaiah 43:19 Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Message Bible

More than ever before, as the body of Christ moves forward into the future, we really need to pay close attention to what the Spirit of God is saying. We might just be surprised to hear the Spirit of the Lord say, Stop! Quit playing all of those worship songs and just sit in the perfect Presence of your Abba, Father. Regardless of our calling or gifts in this life, there is one thing to be prepared for. In Mary, we see there was a definite focus upon one thing. She was a lover of God, ready, able and willing to serve.

Luke 10:42 One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it--it's the main course, and won't be taken from her."

As God's people, He's given us a variety of anointed gifts. One of those gifts is the discernment of spirits. It's only by Gods Holy Spirit that we have God's same Spirit of discernment within us. Diligent concentration and faithful obedience to the Holy Spirit's promptings aren't just to be observed. May we all stop, listen and then carefully embrace what the Spirit of God is saying to and about His church.

1 Corinthians 12:10 and to another, workings of powers, and to another, prophecy, and to another, discerning of spirits, and to another, kinds of languages, and to another, interpretation of languages.

If the body of Christ stopped for a season from all of its works for God, we might discover that God wants something different from us than we thought He wants. As manna and meat came from heaven in the wilderness and the Israelites grew tired of it, God is also growing tired of our opinions and plans.

More moves of the Holy Spirit would be seen if we gave God more of what He really desires in this hour. First and foremost, to attend to Him with our ears would show Him we're moving into more obedience to His plans instead of ours. Could it be that we really haven't been paying much attention to what the Spirit of the Lord has been saying and what God wants us to accomplish?

Proverbs 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings

We all need to awaken from our traditional patterns. Many have worn out old coverings and garments they currently are walking in. Through disobedience from the dirt and filthiness of our own lives, sin has sifted through not only our own man-made coverings, but it has also discolored and worn on God's righteous appearance upon us to the world.

In the eyes of God, many places we now walk upon aren't as sanctified as we once thought. Instead of running from our faults, we should all be honest enough to go to God with them and own up to them. The structure of today's modern church has a variety of eroding conditions. It's always our man-made coverings, doctrines and foundations that deteriorate most rapidly.

If gone unchecked, man-made coverings can cause crippling. Multitudes of God's people have become hard-hearted and calloused. Some have even lost their precious walk with our Lord. The origin and source of this problem lies in the cunning deceptive attacks of our adversary. Many of God's people have even failed to recognize simple patterns of denial that the enemy can bring upon us.

Because of elitism there may be a lack of honesty that can bring warfare. Spiritual blinding can veil the true garden lifestyle God wants for us in Christ. The foundations of a fallow heart can only be restored by God's Holy Presence.

Exodus 33:14 And He said, My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

The wisest choice any saint of God can do is to speak what Moses said to God when he asked him to leave Egypt, "Don't send us without Your Presence." Many have gone off and marched to different drums, but God our Father wants us to follow His heartbeat. May we be God's obedient ones who hear His voice and begin to say, "What are your plans and orders?" This is the Christ centered mindset God is after.

As God's people, if we don't have His Holy Presence in today's meetings, we literally have nothing and we're virtually defenseless. Once again, we need a fresh revelation that in all of the meetings we've attended and partaken in, it's about us meeting with our God.

Holy Spirit Questions

"Whose shoes are you wearing anyway - yours or Jesus? The shoes of freedom that you've been given to wear are for you to utilize as God's representatives of His Gospel of peace and Jesus paid for every pair of them. Everywhere you tread, even if it's into darkness, there is a supernatural imprint of Jesus name upon the bottom of your soles.

Do you know that your name is written upon God's hands and heart? Have the shoes you've been wearing represented Gods gospel of peace? Maybe the shoes you've worn don't say Jesus name upon them, but they have your own name on them. If your shoes arent expressing Jesus walk of peace, then your walk is yours alone. Let your walk with Jesus not be in vain or a waste of precious time that God has given you. It's time to walk like Jesus.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Revelation and Experience

Because of a variety of personal experiences and the Holy Spirit's revelation, here is a valuable nugget of godly food for thought: Prophetically speaking, many innocent faces have been upon the soles of our shoes where we've falsely treaded with our own version of the Lord's gospel. This is a clear example of incorrectly discerning the heart of God; it can even make it difficult for us to worship God.

Our Heavenly Father doesn't, isn't, and hasn't called us to physically or spiritually abuse people. Jesus clearly commanded us to love one-another. May we all begin to show His love for each other? We can't possibly love people if we haven't first learned to love God. We must get to know God more and how He loves and adores to be worshiped by us.

Consider saying this prayer . . .

God, we repent to You. We confess all sin, and ask, Father, that you forgive us for not loving You as we should. Help us to know that You are the one and only true God and help us to love one another as Jesus commanded us to do. For many of us, this is truly the New Thing God wants us to get a hold of. It's God's love that shall be the New Thing for all of us to embrace. Help us Jesus!

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.