Posted by: pastordarren | January 2, 2011

Letting Go to Receive the New

Part of our text for our evening Renew service tonight is from Isaiah 43:

18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

As I have thought about this text, I wonder what we need to let go of in order to receive what God is preparing for us. Many times we dwell in the past because we consider it the “Golden Age” of something and we wish we could go back.  We can also dwell in the past because of a hurt that we are having trouble letting go of for a variety of reasons.  If we are not willing to let go of the good and the bad, how can we receive?

A quote that I recently came across:

“Another reason why [we] feel alone is because Churches have been taken by surprise and gripped by panic and they often think that the way to save themselves is by looking to the past instead of marching towards the newness of God with the trust of children.”

 — Carlo Carretto, “The Desert in the City”

What are some of the things that you need to let go of from the past, good or bad, to receive the new that God is prepared to give?

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