Recently, I told my church that I believed God was bringing us as individuals as well as a body of believers into a new season. Without even realizing what has happened, my church seems to be breaking new ground spiritually. What do I mean by breaking new ground?
Leaving Comfort Zones Behind
One of the first steps to gaining new ground from the enemy in the spiritual realm is to be willing to leave your comfort zone. Often, as Christians, we tend to stay where we feel comfortable and safe, but is that truly Biblical? In Amos 6:1, the word states the following: “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and trust in the mountain of Samaria…”
Our trust has to totally be in Jesus Christ, not in things of the world. When we leave what is comfortable, we are sending a clear message to the demonic realm that we trust completely in God. That act of faith moves the obstacles in the spiritual realms causing us to gain ground.
Gaining and Breaking New Ground
Some of the ground we gain is territory that we previously possessed yet gave up to the enemy out of fear or complacency. However, when we break new ground, we step into realms with Jesus Christ in which we have never been. Although this might seem scary, it is exactly what we were meant to do. God never intended for us to stay in the same place. He intended for us to grow and mature spiritually.
Breaking new ground requires leaving some things behind. Bitterness, resentment, sexual sin, gossiping, and other sins cannot come to the new level God in which God wants to take you. In order to be effective for the kingdom of God, we have to be free from distractions. 2 Timothy 2:4 states plainly that in order to be victorious over sin and the demonic realm, we have to avoid being entangled in sin and other distractions that keep our focus in the wrong place.
A New Thing
I believe that in the days we are living in, God wants His people to stand out. When I say stand out, I do not mean that we should obnoxiously stand out and draw unnecessary attention to ourselves. This type of behavior does not glorify Jesus. However, we can stand strongly and boldly and without apology for the truth of God’s word and His kingdom and do so in love.
Although God’s character does not change, He sometimes operates in what we perceive to be different ways. These ways are not truly different of His person. We simply have not known some of His ways because we have dwelt too long in the comfort zone. Isaiah 43:19 declares the following: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
If we are not careful, friends, we can fail to know the new thing God is doing. That is why the question is asked “Shall you not know it?” Don’t miss what God has for you because you are afraid to leave something behind. Don’t allow fear of what people think to cause you to miss God’s best for you.
God is bringing His people to a new level, not to make us look wonderful, but to glorify Jesus Christ in all the earth. He wants to use us to point people to salvation before the return of Jesus Christ. Will you be part of the new thing God is doing? Step out of your comfort zone and break new ground!