What About This “New Thing”?

The prophetic word: “Contend for the new thing!”

My breakdown of the word “contend” is in the previous blog post. Now, what about this ‘new thing?” How many times have you and I heard from the prophetic community that there is a ‘new thing’ coming, already here, on the horizon, ready to break out, etc. etc. etc.???? I mean, let’s get real but not judgmental. But……let’s get real and honest. I can’t accept everything that comes down the wire as truth just because it is said by someone who is ‘in the mix’ or in the ‘prophetic limelight.”

Again, not being sarcastic here, but it is time to mature. And, maturity brings discernment, wisdom, and grace. I simply cringe when I hear people fawn all over leaders because they were prayed over, prophesied over, or slain in the Spirit over. At the risk of being labeled critical, judgmental, or not honoring of God’s appointed leadership, I simply can’t buy into it anymore. Just the sound of ‘reverence’ that comes out of someone’s mouth because they attended such and such a conference by such and such an apostle or prophet makes me cringe inside. Most of the time, I see little if any focus on Jesus Christ. In my humble opinion, I want Jesus and if it does not point to Jesus, then why bother with it?

Back to the ‘new thing’ in a minute okay? Just want to say a few more things here.

When I first heard this word “Contend for the new thing!” I questioned whether I had any right to confront it or challenge it. I see myself, at times, as little, and these guys out there (with a few gals) as big, experienced, iconic, with a following, and more. Who am I to confront it? Will I be labeled rebellious or judgmental? What about honoring leaders?

My self-talk went something like this: “Who are you? Why does your opinion matter? Who will listen anyway? They know more than you. God has appointed them in this position of leadership. Don’t go against them or you may be fighting against God’s anointed.”

After a few days of this, I realized something. I have been talking about finding my ‘sound’ for a long while now. To sound forth what is in my heart, I just need to say it. I used to speak forth consistently until all these years of brokenness, rejection, and persecution came my way. That knocks the life and light out of a person. It did me. Slowly, I am coming back and self-doubt is moving over to concede to a voice of truth in me that can’t be silent anymore or I will fade into oblivion.

Okay, with that being said, now what about that word ‘new’? What is this new thing we keep hearing about over and over and over? I will get to the crux of the matter in the next blog but let me process here with a few questions.

What is ‘new’? How do I understand the word ‘new’ in this word? As I said, the word ‘contend’ implies that I must strive, grapple, and go head to head with procuring the new thing?

I am not a theologian but I do study Scripture. There are several meanings to the word ‘new’ in Scripture. Neos or kainos. Neos indicates new in time such as an upgrade to a new car or a new computer, indicating a time frame. Kainos indicates new in substance, a different kind, novel, unprecedented, never seen before. So which one is it? Is something new coming in time such as a new move or revival OR is the new already here, within us in Christ?

I will make an observation here based upon years as a Charismatic, prophetic person. Here is what I believe many people would think about this word. The ‘new’ that is coming is something in the realm of a new movement, a new stream, a new revival, a new atmosphere, etc. For many, based upon the prophetic grid of interpretation, this word indicates that the ‘new’ is something ‘out there’ that is going to hit all around and we need to prepare for it.

Whatever the ‘new’ is often refers to something ‘out there’ coming because that is often what prophetic words today tend to focus on. What is ‘out there’? Well, here’s a few examples.

A new revival
The rising up of apostles and prophets
Healing, signs, wonders
Extreme manifestations
Financial breakthroughs
Angelic armies

Are you getting the picture? I am all in for all of the above. I am all in for the prophetic. I am all in but……………………..

Don’t OUTSOURCE the word ‘new’ to something external to the reality of Jesus Christ who is all in all. This then takes the focus off of Christ and puts the focus on the ‘new’. Are you seeing this? I am not downplaying the prophetic. It just needs a new language to align us in the reality of Christ in me as the main thing. More tomorrow about this ‘new’ thing. Focus on Jesus Christ and Him alone. He is the center of it all.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:15-18 NKJV)

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

Debra NapaRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

8 thoughts on “What About This “New Thing”?

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  3. I really appreciate this Debra! In the charismatic prophetic community and probably every other so called prophetic community, we have seen folks just open their mouth and take in whatever someone has said, especially if it tickled the taste buds and offers something “new and exciting.”

    I will contend for the new…the new creation that I am in Christ Jesus and it’s working out in my life!
    It has taken me what seems like too many years to come to an understanding that growing up IN CHrist is what this time on earth is about…learning to walk in Love who is God embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. Christ in me the hope of glory…the hope of standing before the Father and being found in Christ, the measure of Christ formed in me that was planned before the foundation of the world.

    My heart today is to disciple other women to learn to be taught of Holy Spirit and by Him conformed to the image of Christ. How else with the love of God be shed abroad around this world except as we “mature” in Christ Jesus and allow Him to be in and through me all only He is!!

    Thanks for speaking forth out of your renewed mind!

    Meri Ford

    • Meri, you are such an encouragement as a voice of truth. I greatly appreciate it. As God begins to reveal things to me, my desire is to speak truth in humility and grace, knowing that no one has the full picture. We are all in process. For years of walking in the prophetic, and shooting prophecies left and right, there is a maturity coming. In Finland, a nation I do love, in years past, we experienced people walking out if you did not give them a word OR prophetic ministers actually handing out numbers for people to come back and get their prophecy. It was so overused and abused. Over the years I have had to get past my own disdain for the prophetic to actually begin to walk in in in grace. It is that time. So more is coming. Thanks again.

      • Thanks for your further comments. I have soo many questions yet about the role of prophesy. One of the reasons I signed on to your website/blog is because of the “weight” of what you share. Stephen Hanson shared a piece awhile back something about Candy Corn prophesies. I am a part of a ministry on line with an on line forum, and I really struggle with all the “prophesying” ….most is what I would call “simple prophesy” which we are all encouraged to do. However, there is no one judging what is being said. The apostolic overseer is careful that there is no negatives, but there is no review either so you might have 14-5 people speaking into someones life stuff that no one dis doing any discerning or judging of. Also, the whole issue of judging prophecy, still doesn’t seem to be addressed within congregations, when most prophesy is judged by a pastor. I do realize that if I “speak into a life” I do so so very differently that sometimes I question whether I should even open my mouth. Hope some day that I will meet you in person!

      • Meri, I love your comments and I would love to spend time with you talking, gleaning in person. Are you in California? I did not check on FB to see. I hear what you are saying. So often I respond in the Spirit to sound. I hear a sound and I can hear the sound behind the sound. So often when prophetic words are sounded I hear pride, love, immaturity, maturity, depth, and more. I also once heard Blah, Blah, Blah. I know it is important to train prophetic voices to rise up but I don’t see that often taking place. Lots of desires in me and others I am sure. Love ya.

      • I live in Washington State..half way between Portland and Seattle on the I-5 corridor. I will however be in California June 25. We are flying into the Burbank Airport and renting a car to Oxnard to attend the pastor’s retreat of my filipino pastor friend Becca. We get into Burbank at 12:30 and will rent a car. If we could meet some where for late lunch as we will be driving 101 to Oxnard.. Maybe at Sherman Oaks or so?

        We return from Oxnard on Saturday but there is no leeway time there as we get finished in Oxnard at 2 pm and our plane leaves out of Burbank at 5:45. Of course if you wanted to come down to Oxnard…I’d be tickled to see you. We are staying at the Ramada Inn.

        My friend Rebecca Walker is a pastor with WIN (Word International) which as far as I can see is basically a Filipino based denomination. What God has planned for that trip for me, I have no idea. I just agreed to go with Becca because she is 4’8″ her English is still sometimes difficult to understand and she’s still not really comfortable getting around, so I agreed to go with her and am trusting God to be going with us and having his plan and purpose for those four days.

        Becca has been here in Washington two years now. She established 6 churches in the Philippines in 20 some years of ministry. She has a small congregation now that meets in a Retirement Home in Everett. She is a precious sweet heart and barrels of fun!!

        Nice to get acquainted with you and know that I will standing with you as you go to Kenya. Growing up as an American Baptist, Kenya was one of the mission fields that we learned much of back in the 50’s and we had missionaries in Kenya during that period. It used to amaze me to find out that the Christian church in Kenya was older than the nation of the United States.

        Until we meet again!

        Meri

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