The Prophet Speaks

“A New Update is Available”

 By:       Brother Jonathan Coats

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In Isaiah 43:19, the Lord declares, “Behold, I will do a new thing…” Many of us who have a cell phone; particularly an iPhone, receives a special notification every so often. This notification pops up and reads “a new update is available.”  This notification informs us that Apple has provided a new update for download that will increase the efficiency of our phone’s use. If you’re like me, sometimes you procrastinate in completing this download for the update because it will result in your phone being inactive during the process. Just as the phone; such is us. Our creator/manufacturer, God, has a NEW update available for us. He is ready to do a NEW thing in our lives if we properly prepare ourselves for the update.

After constantly receiving the message, “a new update is available,” I decided to download the update. This task was not as easy as I thought. The first error I received read, “Please plug your phone into a power source.” My smart phone immediately acknowledged that it had to be plugged into a higher power to handle the magnitude of the new update.” Same with us as individuals. God has a NEW update available for us that can only be accessed through plugging in to Him. Isaiah 40:29-31 reads, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Plug in and power up.

After plugging my phone into a power source, I was ready for the new update; so, I thought. I received an additional error that read, “Please connect to Wi-Fi.” The regular signal strength/connection of my phone was not strong enough to handle the download. Same with us individuals. Wi-Fi is just like faith. We can’t see it but it has the power to connect us to what we need. We must strengthen our faith connection with God so that we can handle the new update He has available for us. Hebrews 11:1 read, NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen,” Faith is Heaven’s currency. In order to access anything from God, we must use faith.

Once again, I attempted to update my phone, but received yet another error. This error read, “There is not enough storage space on your phone. Now this is a real problem because nobody wants to delete old pictures, videos and text messages off of their phones. We enjoy holding on to past memories. At this point, I had to make a decision. Either I delete the old stuff and make room for the new or I hold on the old and forfeit the new. I started deleting, finally download the NEW update and now my phone is functioning at optimum capacity. Same with us as individuals. God is ready to make this download in us, but He is waiting on us to let go of some old data (friends, memories, disappointments, etc.) so that He can truly do a NEW thing in our lives.

A new update is available for us, but we must take the necessary steps to make ourselves available for it.