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Preparing for the New Year
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NCV)
How many of you here this morning, ď would like to have a fresh start in your Christian life? Ē Many of us here this morning have made many mistakes in our lives as Christians. We have experienced many setbacks and failures throughout our lives. Sometimes we allow these mistakes, these setbacks and failures to enslave us to the point that we never enjoy the full Christian life that God has given us to enjoy.
In John 10:10 Jesus said, ď I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.Ē Then he goes on to tell us that there is an adversary, called the Devil, that seeks to still, kill and destroy that life. The Devil will remind us of our past in order to keep us from enjoying the life that God gave us to live. The Devil does not want you to have a fresh start in life.
The good news is, God says, ď I want you to have a fresh start in life, I want you to have a new beginning, I want to do something new in your life. Ē Arenít you glad that God wants to do something new in your life? Doesnít it make you excited to know that God desire to give you a fresh start, a new beginning in life. What all of us here need this morning is a Fresh Start, a New Beginning with God. Last year some of you said, ď I am going to grow in my relationship with God. I am going to pray more, read my bible more and get more involved in my church. Iím going to spend more quality time with my family. Ē The list could go on. The fact all of us here made some mistakes or we made some bad decision that hindered us from doing those things that wanted to do.
Well this morning the good news is according to Isaiah 43:18 ďThe Lord says, `Forget about what has happened before. Do not think about the past. Instead, look at the new things Iím going to do. Ē Listen to what God is saying in this verse. Forget about whatís happened before. He says donít think about the past. Itís over. The bookís closed on it.
We need to understand that God is far more interested in our future than He is in our past. Some people think that God is stuck on their past. That all He wants to do is remind them of the things that they have done wrong. God is more interested in your future than He is with your past. Thatís where youíre going to spend the rest of your life. He says, ďForget about your past. Forget about the former things. Donít think about it. Look at the new thing Iím going to do.Ē
Israel was being punished for their sins and rebellion against God. God wanted to give hope and encouragement to His people. He wanted them to know that even though they were being punished they were not being forsaken. God wanted His people to understand that the punishment that they were experiencing would not be the end of them. The fact is that God want to give them a fresh start in life, a new Beginning in life.
Israel no doubt was discouraged because they thought this was the end of them. They had gone to far, they had sinned and rebelled against God to he point that He would no longer be their God. Maybe they thought God would not deliver us again, itís over. That is when they begin to remember the former things or past deliverances. Israel could remember past deliverances and past victories. They could remember when they were trapped by the Red Sea and had nowhere to go, how
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