With the New Year coming, many people will be making New Year’s resolutions. We will make a resolve that will likely be forgotten by the end of the month. The problem with resolutions is, we make a choice without making a plan for a total mindset change. I often tell people, “If I change your mind, I can change your day or week; but if I want to change your life, I must change your mindset!” This is also true when thinking about a choice we make for God. Oftentimes, the mindsets we have are from the theological impact on how we think. I believe God is saying to the body of Christ: it is a time for a New Day. This is not just a day, but also an era—a time of visitation from God that will change our lives, and cause us to have an impact on the world around us. I wrote about this in my book, The New Awakening.
Many Christians are looking for revival, but also, a revival can only have a temporary impact if we do not change the theology, or mindsets, that determine our ultimate expectations. Real and lasting change can only come with a change in our mindsets. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we are “transformed by the renewing of our mind.” This concept of renewing implies the rebuilding of our thought patterns. In the United States, every lasting revival has produced awakenings shaped by theological expectations. For me, the most important one in our day is to understand our relationship with God as our Father.
When Jesus Christ came to the earth, He came to reveal the Father to us. No longer would God be distant, austere or commanding, we would be able to walk in relationship with Him. God would be our Father, and we would be the children of God. The Old Testament people of God were called “the children of Israel.” We are now called the children of God. Since this is the ultimate revelation of God, we must now go back through the scriptures and redefine the message, and how God has been dealing with us.
Looking Past the Fall Like a Father
The Apostle Paul’s instruction to the church of Galatia tells us that they were once treated as servants; but in the New Covenant, God wanted us to understand that this was a temporary circumstance designed for their childhood state. God now desired to deal with the people of God as mature, responsible sons. When we look back at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, most people see man’s failure—now we have become fallen. This theology promotes the idea that if man could not obey in his initial, perfect state, the fallen man could not possibly amount to anything. However, if we redefine this event as God dealing with children, we begin to understand that their mistakes could have been easily predicted, and would have been part of a loving Father’s bigger plan. Therefore, after they had sinned, God spoke to Eve of the upcoming future event when “the seed of the woman” would “bruise the head of the serpent.” This immediate response from God indicates what the Bible plainly teaches: God’s eternal plan included Christ dying on the cross, even before the foundation of the world. Hence, God was setting in motion a plan for His children that included years of natural instruction in history, but also the day when the spiritual dimension was added. We can see this pattern in 1 Corinthians 15, “And so it is written, The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.”
Now is the time for the “children of God” to become the “sons of God.” It is time to realize that the life-giving Spirit has been given to us, and now I hear the Father saying, it is the time to release my sons to the nations. Are you ready to answer the call of this New Day and fulfill your eternal purpose?