Summary: A sermon for the new year.
“A God of New Beginnings”
TEXT: Isaiah 43:18-19 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.
A. Have you ever had to start all over? Have you ever had to go back to the drawing board? Maybe your house burned to the ground and you lost everything you had?
B. He’s God in the beginning; He’s God in the end. He’s the author and the finisher and it’s not over till He says it’s over. Although we may have to seemingly start from scratch, there is a sure foundation, that rock is Christ.
I. A God of New Things
A. In the beginning God started anew by creating the heavens and the earth.
B. His mercies are new every morning. (Lament. 3:23)
C. He made a new covenant.
D. He gave a new commandment, “That ye love one another, as I have loved you…” John 13:34
E. He was buried in a new sepulcher.
F. He rose from the dead to make “a new and living way.” Heb. 10:20
G. He said they that believe on Him would speak with new tongues. Mark 16:17
H. He gives the new wine of the Holy Ghost to the thirsty.
I. When a person is born again, He writes a new name in Glory.
J. Rev. 5:9 And they sung a new song…
1. Psalm 40:2-3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
K. He will make a new heavens and a new earth.
1. A new Jerusalem.
L. Rev. 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
M. God is a fresh God that gives fresh wind, fresh fire, fresh rain, fresh oil, fresh manna, and a fresh word from heaven to his people.
II. The New Birth
A. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
B. Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
C. Matthew 9:16-17 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
D. Ephes. 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
A. Isaiah 43:18-19 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.
B. Remember ye not…
1. If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to ..LET IT GO!!!
2. If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ...LET IT GO!!!
3. If someone can’t treat you right, love you back, and see your worth...LET IT GO!!!
4. If someone has angered you ... LET IT GO!!!
5. If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge .. LET IT GO!!!
6. If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction ... LET IT GO!!!
7. If you have a bad attitude...LET IT GO!!!
8. If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better... LET IT GO!!!
9. If you’re stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him... LET IT GO!!!
10. If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship....LET IT GO!!!
11. If you keep trying to help someone who won’t even try to help themselves...LET IT GO!!!
12. If you’re feeling depressed and stressed .... LET IT GO!!!
13. If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to... LET IT GO!!!