Summary: God still wants to use you no matter how many wrong turns, mistakes, and bad decisions you have made.
I leaned pretty heavy on Wayne Searls' great sermon, God Wants To Do A New Thing In Your LIfe. I redacted it. Took Some out, added a good bit to it. This is what came out the other end.
TITLE: God’s Not Done With You Yet 08-27-2012
TEXT: Isaiah 43:18, 19 “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 wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I. THANK GOD FOR CHILDHOOD SUNDAY-SCHOOL
A. Usually when we hear some say, “God’s not done with me yet.” we
generally think of some person who is doing their best to follow
Jesus, who has their faults, but is submitting them to the Lord on a
1. God’s not done with me yet. He is perfecting me. He is calling me
to a higher level of holiness.
2. I hope I can follow Him. I hope you will excuse me while I grow.
3. This is indeed a wonderful sentiment. We all need to treat each
other with this in mind.
B. But there is another way in which this phrase can be understood.
There is the person who has made so many mistakes, so many
wrong turns and bad moves.
1. Why they don’t even have to be sins of the flesh—not that he was
above sins of the flesh mind you.
2. These decisions could have been made ignorantly, perhaps with
too little prayer, but with pure motives.
3. And yet, time and the voice of God demonstrate that these have
been moves and decisions contrary to the path ordained by God.
4. As sure as any sinner who explores the realm of disobedience, this
person finds himself in a fix. This person finds himself at the end of
a dead-end road with no place to turn around.
5. He’s stuck. He thinks God has forgotten about him.
6. He fears his life is wasted and is just as good as over. His biggest
regret is that he has failed God.
7. But then, as gentle as the wind blows, the still small voice of the
Holy Spirit comes reminding him of a story he first learned in
Sunday-School. (Thank God for Sunday-School. There is no greater reservoir of encouragement courage for adulthood than
the childhood Sunday-School class)
8. It was the story of the Exiles in Babylon. They were defeated,
destroyed, devastated, humiliated, captured, ripped apart from
loved ones and possessions, carted-off, forced into servitude once
9. A result of so many mistakes, bad moves, wrong decisions and
failing to follow the path ordained by God.
10. Yes, they too were at that very same dead-end road. Someone
had been there before. Our discouraged life traveler’s interest is
pricked. He is at least encouraged that he has not been alone in
11. This bad decision maker, sensing the gentle whisper of the Holy
Spirit, drawing his strength from a childhood Sunday-School
lesson looked around for parched bones. Surely those people
must have died here.
12. It is so hot, dry and miserable. Nothing could survive here for very
long. But he couldn’t find any bones.
13. So he began to look for the grave stones where the people of
God gave up hope and died, one by one burying their dead here at
the dead-end land of all hopelessness. But he could find no grave
stones either. Just how did that Bible lesson go anyhow? (Read
14. There it was, as plain as day. There were no bones and no grave
stones because God didn’t let His people die there. He wasn’t
done with His people yet.
15. You can still say that about Israel today. God is not done with
Israel yet. But that is not the point of this message.
16. The point of this message is: You may be like Israel. You may
have taken whole bunch of wrong turns, made a lot of bad
decisions, wasted tons of time. Now you find yourself at this dead-
end road in the land of utter hopelessness, seeing no place to
make a turn around.
--And you wonder, Is God done with me?
--Have I made too many mistakes?
C. Please make a statement of faith audibly, aloud with me, let it come
from the depths of who you are and what you believe about God and
what the Bible says He believes about you. Let it ring in this place:
“GOD IS NOT DONE WITH ME YET!”
D. Another prophet would say Jeremiah 29:10-14 This is what the
LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I
will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back