In 2003, the Lord began to speak to me about a fresh start in Him––the New Day. During this timeframe, the scripture I most often referred to was Isaiah 42:9, which says, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” I was very excited about this chapter because it speaks of some glorious things God intends to do. What really struck me was the time of transition from something that has come to pass and something new on the horizon. The scripture says that before these new things happen, God would tell us about them. As I prepared for the time of consecration God is calling our local church to, God spoke to me from Isaiah 43, specifically verses 18-19: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” I have often quoted both of these scriptures without thinking about the emphasis change from “before they spring forth” and “now it shall spring forth.” This is not a time to prophesy what God is going to do; this is a time to declare what He is doing.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Shall you not know it” because we were told ahead of time what is going to happen. As the people of God, we need spiritual eyes to see what is happening! There is much going on in the world and if we want to be participants⎯not bystanders⎯we need to have spiritual perception. Where does spiritual perception come from?
The Pure Heart is Critical to Our Perception!
When Jesus Christ came to the earth, He was the fulfillment of a long-term prophetic expectation. For many years, the people were exhorted with the voice of the prophets to prepare for what God had in store. In fulfillment of the prophetic word, the Lord sent John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord. The prophets declared and prepared the people, but even then, when Jesus came to them, they did not see the fulfillment of the word. In Matthew 13:14-15, Jesus declared that the reason people were spiritually blind was because of the condition of their heart. He said that they had eyes but couldn’t see and ears but could not hear. He quoted the prophet Isaiah and cautioned them about the reason for their lack of spiritual perception. Although they honored God with their lips, they did not give Him their hearts. The heart condition will determine your spiritual perception! In the case of the Jews, because Jesus did not meet their expectations, they didn’t believe He was sent by God. If our heart is not right, we will look for God to fulfill our personal desires and we will miss what He has for us.
A Pure Heart Provides a Place for Trust to Flourish!
We need to understand that with a pure heart focused on the desire of the Father, we will inevitably walk in trust. Trust is a heart issue! If our heart is right towards God, we will trust Him. Even when life seems to be against us, we will see that God is always for us.
The way of trust is the way of health and strength. Will you ask the Lord to search your heart so that you might receive the spiritual perception needed in your journey?