Protect the New! God is the Champion of Your New Thing by Megan Schaulis (three baby plants on a tray)

Protect the New! God is the Champion of Your New Thing

God is in the business of NEW. He is all about the fresh, the revived, and the resurrected, especially for us—His children. Unfortunately, the devil makes it his goal to shut down anything new and wonderful before it can bloom. Read on for Bible verses about newness and how I’m protecting my new thing from the start.

Delaying the new

After months of putting it off, I’m writing a new book. I’d hoped to have an answer about whether my other novel would be published first, so I’d know whether to focus on writing a sequel to that story or diving into something totally different. But as the days stretched without an answer on that front, the moment arrived for me to get back to writing regardless. (Read about my journey with patience and publishing industry.)

Fact: The devil doesn’t like new things. 

That ancient snake would much rather keep us stuck in old ways, old thoughts, and old patterns. If our past was good, he wants to trap us in excessive nostalgia, constantly trying to relive the good ol’ days. If our past was bad, he wants to crush us under the weight of trauma or condemnation. He doesn’t like new.

Champion of new things

God, on the other hand, is all about the new. 

See, I will do a new thing,
    now it shall spring forth; shall you not be aware of it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
    and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19 MEV

Anyone who has ventured out into the unknown and tried something new—new business, new job, new city, new relationship—has probably hit the point where they felt like they were lost int he wilderness. But God is such of fan of new things that he will even make rivers in the desert to satisfy and nourish you in that season.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Revelation 21:5 NKJV

See! He’s making things new so I should WRITE.

Fine. Yes. I’m aware that’s not the context of Revelation 21, and this isn’t a command for everyone to be a writer. But it’s pretty cool that those two thoughts are side by side: He makes things new, and we should write about it.

 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4 NASB

Time and again, God’s Word celebrates beginnings, fresh starts, and (most importantly) the new creation we become in Christ. God is in the business of new. He’s so committed to casting off the old that he enables us, through Christ’s work on the cross, to walk in newness.

Every step. Every choice. Every thought is an opportunity to do a new thing with God.

The battle for something new

It’s no surprise then, that the devil likes to shut down new things the moment they emerge. When we say in our hearts, “I’m going to take a step in faith and do something new,” the enemy mobilizes to shut down our efforts.

For me, that shows up as hundreds of seemingly insignificant negative thoughts:

  • Why would I write another book when no one wants the first one?
  • I don’t really have time to be playing around with writing.
  • There are people way more qualified to do this than me.
  • This idea will be a lot harder to pull off than the last one.
  • Why did I think I could do this?
  • I’m tired.

Like the first tiny stem of a plant pushing through the soil, you have to protect your new thing. You have to fight for it. Or it will be uprooted before it ever has a chance to blossom.

I have to reject those thoughts and focus instead on the delight of my Lord when He and I create something together.

And, you know what, that mental battle is a thousand times easier when I know I’m not doing this alone. The fact that I have an army—albeit a small one—standing beside me, believing in me, rooting for me…it makes a world of difference.

I would love to be part of your army. What kind of new things are you exploring in faith today? Let me know in the comments.