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Renewal

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on January 14, 2022

Need a new start, a new beginning, a new way with new life within that weary soul of yours? Well, what the Holy Spirit gave Isaiah with the inspired Word was intended for you: “Keep silence before me ,,, and let the people renew their strength … let them come near” (Isaiah 41:1). “Come near” to the One who knows that his people need the strength of his renewal. Charles H. Spurgeon reminds us that “All things on earth need to be renewed; no created thing continues by itself” - you included. The Apostle Paul tells us, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and in that very same verse he reminds us that “all things are become new” - meaning “are always becoming new, being renewed continually IN CHRIST.” Renewal is so necessary for the “new creation” to sustain its newness, and renewal is only possible by the One who created us in the newness of his person - Jesus Christ. Yes, Isaiah gave us the right instruction: “Let the people renew their strength.” And he gave us the right direction for renewal: “Let them come near” for newness is found in the Lord. It’s all about a spiritual renewal: as one is born-again of the Spirit of God (John 3:3), His same Spirit gives us day by day newness of life, HIS LIFE - SPIRIT LIFE. Yes, the believer is first created new, then he is sustained with newness, all of the Spirit. The Psalmist tells us, “Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created, and thou renewed the face of the earth” - namely, all that is on the face of his creation, man included (104:30). As your salvation created in God gives you His Spirit for new life, His Spirit gives renewed life continually because of the newness of life found in HIM, and given by him.

Renewal of spiritual life is so essential for the believer, giving him a new breath of life with power to exhale the old “bad breath” of that which is NO LIFE. Back to Paul in his letter to the believers at Corinth: “Old things are passed away, ALL things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Passed away” has the meaning of that which has perished regarding those same “persons now able to move forward” (James Augustus Strong). So, the old has made its departure and that is exactly essential in order for new life to come in its absence. Need any help with the old’s dismissal, the past to be just that - passed, or those reminders of who you were and “ain’t no more?” Once again, it’s all of the Spirit, with the power of his new LIFE for his new work in the new heart for newness of a HIS new life - it’s called: RENEWAL, YOUR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL. So, let’s address the Spirit and our relationship with HIM. Jesus told his disciples to “Depart not from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). The promise was to come to them after the “wait” in order to “receive power, (then) after that (the wait) the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (v. 8). Power for the renewal is preceded with the admonition: “BUT WAIT!” So, Isaiah was “right on” with renewal’s protocol: “Keep silence before me … and let the people renew their strength … let them come near.” So: “but wait” - “BUT they that wait upon the Lord shall RENEW their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Interested in that renewal that brings life to your soul again, which no man (in or by himself) can experience without the Lord? Then, as a born-again believer with a new nature, be empowered with the Spirit of newness and “put on the new man, which is RENEWED in the knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10).