ANDREW: A lot of Christians in our circles today are very wary of the term “New Thing” because it has been so misused in recent years. But as David Wilkerson discusses below, this has always been a very biblical concept. God does want to do a ‘New Thing’. But it has to have the hallmarks of the “original” thing. It has to have God’s true character stamped all over it. And it has to agree with Scripture. This is what is lacking with so many of the ‘New Things’ bandied about today. But the real thing awaits us. I would be interested to hear your comments on this topic, my friends. Below is Wilkerson’s article-
GOD IS DOING a NEW THING
by David Wilkerson
How often have you heard Christians say, “God is doing a new
thing in his church”? The “new thing” they refer to may be called
a revival, an outpouring, a visitation, or a move of God.
Yet very often, this “new thing” dies out very quickly. And once it
has faded, it can´t be found again. In this way, it proves not to be
a move of God at all. In fact, Christian sociologists have tracked
many of these visitations and discovered the average span of life
of such an event is about five years. Personally, I believe God is
doing a new thing in his church today. Yet this great work of the
Spirit can´t be found in just one location. It´s happening worldwide.
God will not begin a new thing in his church until he does away
with the old. This biblical principle, proven throughout centuries of
church history, is found in both Testaments and governs any true
move of God. As Jesus put it, he won´t put new wine into old
wineskins (see Mark 2:22).
The principle of doing away with the old and raising up the new
was first introduced in the Old Testament at Shiloh. During the
time of the Judges, God established a holy work in that city (see
Judges 18:31). Shiloh, where the Lord´s sanctuary stood, was
the center of all religious activity in Israel. The name Shiloh itself
means “that which is the Lord´s.” This speaks of things that
represent God and reveal his nature and character. God spoke to
his people at Shiloh; it was there that Samuel heard God´s voice
and where the Lord revealed his will to him (see 1 Samuel 1).
The Lord stopped speaking at Shiloh because the priest had
become lazy and sensual and the city had become corrupt. God
told Samuel, in essence, “Shiloh has become so defiled, it no
longer represents who I am. This house is no longer mine. I´m
finished with it.” So the Lord lifted his presence from the sanctuary
and wrote “Ichabod” above the door, which means, “The glory of
the Lord has departed.”
The Lord completely did away with the old but once again, he
raised up a new thing. After that, the temple in Jerusalem became
known as “the Lord´s house” and God spoke to his people there.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
-Original source- http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/14315
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