Thursday, February 4, 2010

He Makes All Things New

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – Is. 43:18-19 (See also Phil. 3:10-14).

At the beginning of the year our pastor challenged the King’s Men (male leadership at South Brandon Worship Center) to take a close look at this passage as we began a period of prayer and fasting. About a week or so later, I saw that Derek Maul, a local writer for the Brandon News/Tampa Tribune, also was studying the same passage with the men’s group at his church. As I studied the passage, I made the following notes below. Also, listen to the music below from Hezekiah Walker, entitled “Moving Forward.”

Remember ye not the former things
-Do not allow guilt, disappointment, defects to hold you down.
-Do receive correction; gain understanding; walk in obedience, move forward
-Do not let your past hold you back
- - Too often we allow circumstances to hold us back
-Focus on the calling of God on your life

Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth
-God is moving
-He is at work advancing His Kingdom
-He wants us to see where he is working and join him in his work (from reading Henry Blackaby Experiencing God)
-Again, don’t be weighed down by the past because God is doing something right now.
- In the midst of this bad economy and tragedy in Haiti, God is moving. He is making all things new!

Q:God where are you working in my home? Church? Community? Business?

Shall ye not know it?
-Keep your eyes open to what God is doing
-God’s love for us is deep
-He commands us to love Him. With all our heart, soul, mind, strength
-He commands us to love our neighbor
-Jesus came to seek and save the lost
-He instructed us to go and make disciples

Q:How do you see God showing his love? If you don’t know, ask.
Q:What has God called you to accomplish? If you don’t know, ask.

I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert

-God will open up a path
-He will make a way to accomplish (through us) what He wants us to do
-Listen to Him; Listen to His Son (behold my Son, in whom I am well pleased); Listen to His Holy Spirit
-God is moving; God is at work; Listen to Him; Follow Him

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

No Void Returns

Almost four years ago, I met with two others on a monthly basis to coordinate a Business Leaders’ Luncheon to be held in conjunction with the 2007 Luis Palau Festival in Tampa. We met for breakfast at the same restaurant and usually had the same server. During one of our earlier meetings, I had handed a server a Gospel of John that is distributed through the Pocket Testament League. Since our last meeting, in February 2007, I do not recall returning to that restaurant, but my friend Hal would drop in from time to time. This morning Hal told me that the same server is still there. I was surprised and encouraged when he told me that she frequently asks him how I am doing. That small gesture from nearly four years ago certainly made a lasting impression.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Is. 55:11