Glorious New Places

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

Don’t give up! I have learned that no matter how uncomfortable a period of transition is, it is the only avenue into “New Places”. When we lean into change, it keeps us moving forward. Faith and momentum are designed to operate together as our hearts are established in Christ.

Forward motion starts with just one step, but enduring motion is a powerful activity of focused faith. We have the assurance, our steps “are ordered by the Lord and He delights in our way” (Ps. 37:23). This means that God has a plan for us… a good plan (Jer. 29:11). He knows what is needed to conform us to the image of Christ. If we can believe, nothing will be impossible on the way into our destinies.

The “Peter” Kind of Faith:

Taking that first step often requires the kind of faith Peter had when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water in response to Jesus’ voice (Mt. 14:25-32). It might sound a bit wreckless, but it was stirred by the invitation felt inside the heart of Peter. Hearing and trusting the words of Jesus allowed Peter to do something that was impossible in the natural. I know it might shake our theology a bit, but we must catch what Peter’s first step brought him into… a greater weight of glory. Peter was doing more than walking on water, he was taking a step out on the words of Christ. The sound he was hearing in the natural caused his heart to transition into the supernatural. This is what faith is all about! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Distractions:

Winds kick up and trouble begins as soon as that first step is taken. Its not that hard to connect to your heart when you have a “Peter-like” personality, but that strength is often a weakness. We must remember that weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5). Believing produces a momentum of assurance that carries us into the second and third steps with faith. 

The devil watches our second step almost as much as the first. His goal is to distract, discourage and disappoint us in our efforts… so that we miss the joy of the morning. Don’t allow the storms of your transition to cause you to lose sight of God’s promise! The battle is inevitable, but the strength of your stance is the knowledge that Jesus is already out there where He is calling you. To the degree that you are unhindered by the distractions, you will be successful in Kingdom transitions. Weathering transitions successfully requires a well engaged trust… so place your trust in Christ! 

  • Abraham trusted and ”did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” (Rom. 4:20)
  • Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15) 
  • David declared, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Ps. 56:3)

Whether in the darkest night or the joyful celebration of morning, each period of transition in your life is designed to lead you to glorious new places. These are places that are renewing our inner man and working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Set your gaze on promotion and allow each one of these appointed moments to take you to a higher level spiritually! The ultimate goal is that you become more and more like Christ.

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