He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)

What half of America loves about President Donald Trump, the other half despises? He brought a fresh face to the 2016 presidential campaign that millions refuse to accept. This newness frustrated his political opponents, before it eventually rolled over them.

At the beginning, political novice Trump was ridiculed for his ambition. Running for the nation’s highest office isn’t usually where someone begins a political career. The so-called establishment has never taken Mr. Trump seriously. They wish him the worst. Nevertheless, a wave of freshness has swept over the landscape.

A new paradigm (revolutionary change) is emerging. A recent New York Times  article reported top industry executives are saying “Why not me?” as they contemplate their own run for a public office. Why not? It seems voters have embraced fresh as opposed to familiar.

I foresee a similar wave sweeping over today’s church. Don’t know when but a paradigm shift, not unlike the political one, cannot be too far away. When it happens, the old guard will mount their attack (Matthew 23:34-36). They must. They are vested in the status quo. Change is always opposed, but the freshness of the Spirit is unstoppable.

When I speak of old, I am referring to traditional methods, not enduring truth. What is familiar was fresh at one time, but nothing is new under the sun. For example, at Pentecost and throughout The Book of Acts, the Lord gives us a preview of things to come.

In Acts the church was people; ordinary, everyday people. They gathered in fellowship to love God, to learn His Word and to help each other. Leaders, such as Peter, did not sit under Jewish teachers in Jerusalem. They became the disciples’ oppressors. Peter and company were outsiders, but the church grew daily because they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:12-13).

This blog, plus the books and materials we are producing, anticipates a tidal wave of freshness. A turning upside-down kind of revolution is on the horizon. Transformation will require bold, new leaders who can take the heat and stand on God’s Word.

If you are a leader for the last days–and why not you?–then it is time to take a fresh new look at Scripture. Study the prophets as though you were reading the Bible for the first time. Reject man-centered, politically-correct religion. It may dominate the American church scene now, but it won’t last.

If you appreciate your church and pastor, that’s good, but if you miss the outpouring God has promised, that’s not good (Joel 2:23-29). Familiar won’t survive the trials that are coming. Fresh is what we need.

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you. (Isaiah 42:9)

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