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

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