Summary: Being led by the Spirit--Listening to the Lord's direction in your life
GOD WANTS TO DO A NEW THING IN YOUR LIFE
Isaiah 43:18,19 TEXT:18. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
INTRODUCTION: Isaiah’s writings to the children of Israel came at a bleak period of their history. They are in Babylonian captivity, they have lost everything they thought they would keep forever, and they were home sick for the land and the blessing God had promised them.
The 1st step to embracing the new thing what God wants to do in your life is to
I. CHANGE YOUR FOCUS -- QUIT LOOKING BEHIND START LOOKING HEAD v.18
Forget the Past things; do not dwell on the past.
Application: If you are continually looking behind you cannot see where you are going.
If you are ever going to move on to new things in Christ you must learn that ...
A. You Cannot Depend Upon Past Victories To
Sustain You Forget the former things;
The children of Israel had many victories in their past:
1. Leaving Egypt
2. Conquering the Land of Canaan
3. Fighting of prospective conquerors
4. Survived a split in their country
A. But now they are in captivity.
1. All their previous victories were doing nothing to
set them free.
2. They needed a new work, a new miracle, a new
Application: The question isn’t what has God done –the question must be:
What is God doing in your life right now?
A.What is it that you want Him to do in your life right now?
Secondly, in order to move on to new things in Christ you must know that ...
B. YOU CANNOT ALLOW YOUR PAST FAILURESTO POSSESS YOU: DO NOT DWELL ON THE PAST!!.
A. The children of Israel had failed God miserably. Every time He blessed them with good things, they returned to Him evil things:
1. God gave them the Temple - they gave Him idol worship
2. God gave them truth - they lived and proclaimed a lie
3. God gave them His commands - they lived like they were suggestions.
4. God gave them wealth - they used it to abuse the poor
5. God gave them Himself - they gave Him nothing except rejection.
B. Israel did not deserve to receive anything from God. Yet God still loved them and He earnestly wanted to help them change. Notice
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
God was not condemning them for their past, they could do nothing to change it. Instead God was holding out the hand of hope. He is in effect saying: Forget about your past -- I am giving you an opportunity to start over.
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
If you are going to get anywhere in your spiritual life you must understand that...
C. You Cannot Live on Yesterday’s Faith
A. The children of Israel had experienced great spiritual blessings throughout their history.
1. From the first Passover, to the crossing of the Red Sea,
2. to the conquering of the Land of Canaan,