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our faithful God – the one who makes all things new  E-mail
Antoinette McDonald | 05 August 2013
God is amazing. This week I was thinking about the fact that my inferior mindsets don’t change the truth about who He is.

This all dawned on me while I was looking at my son – thinking about his birth – thinking about what a miracle that was. I felt God with us every step of that (mostly excruciatingly painful) process. I acknowledged him, cried out to him, worshipped him through that labor, and I was grateful that I had Him to hold onto. It got me thinking: Everyday, I see God in my little guy. And it leaves me wondering and in awe. But there are millions who don’t see God – gosh, there are even times when I lose perspective and struggle to see Him. But, that lack of faith does not nullify his faithfulness (Romans 3:3). This makes me love Him more. Like that old song goes, “There is none like you – I search the world for all eternity long to find that there is none like you”.  

So, I may have a tank-load of wrong beliefs and I even engage in negative thinking, but none of that is greater than Him nor does it actually diminish His glory. Sure, my experience of life and love may be inhibited because of a lack of understanding, but that still doesn’t change Him. He remains true (always) to who He is and He meets me in my places of need and in the midst of my mucky thinking. But He doesn’t leave me there: He reminds me that He made all things new. For every situation and circumstance, there is a newness waiting to be applied… 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

I stumbled on this quote (thanks Christa Black) by Graham Cooke, “If you are in Christ, then so are all your circumstances.” Wow. Really? My fears? My insecurities? My finances? The decisions I have to make? My relationships? Everything. Yes. Totally. Galatians 2:20. “I’ve been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Yay! Jesus in me. The endless possibilities this poses, the supernatural dimension He adds to my everything.

Graham Cooke goes on to say, “Your circumstance is about the STANCE that you take before God in your present situation.  In terms of what you’re facing, what is it that God is saying to you?  Is the situation more important, or the promise He’s made?  When you learn how to hold onto the promises God has made you, how to pray into those promises, you learn how to make war over everything negative in your thinking. We make war on any thought that comes against the promises.  You cannot and will not coexist with negativity. You cannot coexist with your old man and new man in the same space.  You’ve got to think and see differently.  And you certainly need to speak differently.”