"God’s Doing A New Thing"
Sermon shared by Elder Johnathan Hester
Summary: Now let me give a little bit of introduction to this message by saying that I believe, with all my heart, that God has been very real and very operative in this Conference,,, I know He has in my own heart - particularly today - but even leading up to thes
Audience: General adults
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"God’s Doing A New Thing"
I want you to turn with me to Isaiah’s prophecy chapter 43 please, Isaiah chapter 43:16,20
Now let me give a little bit of introduction to this message by saying that I believe, with all my heart, that God has been very real and very operative in this Conference,,, I know He has in my own heart - particularly today - but even leading up to these meetings as I sought God over messages. There are messages that I had on my heart, that other men have preached...
And ,,, And this message that I’m about to preach, I know has been on the heart of some of the other men.---
Now that, to me, is a positive sign that God’s Spirit,,, is,,, at work...
We are one body, and it is one Spirit that indwells us. But this message is - and I don’t like measuring messages, but as far as burden goes (and preachers here will understand what I mean when I say ’burden’) - as far as burden goes, this is the greatest as far as I am concerned, for me.
Now, having said that, there may not be anything new that you will hear,,,(amen) But I do hope you hear it in a new way,,,, because I hope that the Spirit of God will take it, and bring it like a fire,,, into your mind,,,and,,, and into your heart - and that you will feel the burden.... This burden has been burning in my heart for months now, the burden that God, I believe, has given me - and I want us to pray now that I will faithfully discharge the burden, and it will be released, and that you will have ears to hear what the Spirit says to the church.
Father, Holy Father, in Jesus’ name, Your Holy Child Jesus, we ask for the unction to function in the power and demonstration of the Spirit of the Living God. You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. You are the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. O, Living God of the living, reveal Yourself this morning... You have called upon us and said: ’Give me your heart’... Lord, I believe that some have given You their heart, but Lord - could we be bold enough to say to You this morning: ’Lord, give us Your heart’? In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Isaiah 43 then, and we’re going to begin reading at verse 16, and I’m preaching to you on ’God’s New Thing’. Isaiah 43 verse 16:
16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
17 which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 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.
20 The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise
The term ’revival’, I think, is often understood as ’a rediscovery of old truth’... I believe,,, that is correct, and,,,and there are many examples from the scriptures and indeed from church history that would bear this out.
Perhaps the most obvious example, to my mind at least, is the rediscovery of the book of the law in the old temple in Ezra and Nehemiah’s day.
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