by Michelle Harding
Founder President of Life by Design Ministries, Hurlock, MD
Assistant Senior Leader at Church of The King, Easton, MD
In pressing forward into our prophetic destinies we have looked at the foundational importance of knowing our identity as sons of God, intimacy with our heavenly Father, and keeping the fires of our spirit stoked. Powerful truths that bring empowerment and awaken us to destiny and purpose. But, there are also those things that keep us from fully grasping these realities and walking fully in their understanding. We have glimpses of the future, we hear the Father’s voice, but somehow it always feels out of reach. Like a tethered ship, equipped to sail into the greatness of the horizon, many of us are equipped for all the Father has for us, but the past keeps us tethered and bound. Past hurts, regrets, disappointments, failures, broken relationships, abuse, and shameful histories can instill in us beliefs that limit us and make it difficult to accept the plans Father has for us and embrace who He is making us to be. Freedom form the past will release us into our destiny and cause us to reach further than we have ever gone before and no longer settle for what is.
In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul is dealing with a challenging situation in the Church of Corinth. He is bringing correction to wrong thinking in how they were handling a really bad situation. He challenges them in 1 Cor. 5:7, “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” This truth can also be applied to our own thinking about some really bad situations in our own lives. You see, because Jesus died and rose again, He brought forth the New Creation, of which you and I are of! As new creations we “unleavened” through Him, free of what has leavened our lives before.
"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?" - Isaiah 43:18-19
When the Lord asks, "Shall you not know it?" He is saying, "Do you want to open yourself to My new thing? Are you willing to embrace it?"
This verb "know" in the Hebrew language is more than to understand. It has to do with the total giving of yourself, as in the husband-wife relationship within marriage. This "knowing" is a total receptivity, a total embrace. The Lord is saying, "I'm going to do a new thing. Will you embrace it? Will you receive it into your life?"
The Father has invited us into the new thing: the new you, your new identity, and your destiny. Once we free ourselves from the lies of our past, we can hear the voice of our loving Father guiding and directing us toward our destiny. His words fill us with hope and life; and like that great ship we long for the horizon of the future. Our sails are filled with the wind of His Spirit, strength comes, purpose released, and we are empowered to embark into all that is awaiting us.
Release the tethers, unfurl the sails, and hoist the anchor. Let the journey into your destiny begin…
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.