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Summary: NEW YEAR’S EVE(A,B,C) - God’s salvation will last forever even though everything keeps on changing God’s righteousness is constant.

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GOD’S SALVATION WILL LAST FOREVER

12/31/02 – NEW YEAR’S EVE

Isaiah 51:4-8

. 4 "Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. 5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.

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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:

It’s always hard to believe when we turn the page of the calendar from month to month. Sometimes it’s even harder to believe when we switch the entire calendar itself. Yet you and I stand on the threshold of another new year where the future stands before us enticing us with the excitement that is yet to come. We have to ask ourselves are we excited about what is yet to come? Are we excited at what the Lord might show us tomorrow or next month or next year? You and I do not know what that is, but we do know that the Lord always has our best interest in mind day after day, year after year and even for a lifetime. Sometimes, because we’re so bound to this earth, and our feet are so firmly fastened to the ground, we do not always look at each New Year as something exciting. We are easily tempted to think it is just another year that has quickly gone by.

Tonight the Lord would have us concentrate on the fact that there is excitement every year, every day that God gives us His grace to live. He reminds us in Matthew when He spoke to His disciples (and they thought too, what is there left in life?) He reminded them to store up treasures in heaven. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”(MATTHEW 6:20,21) As we march along with the calendar pages and the calendar year by year, the Lord says, we too are to store up treasures in heaven. We can picture ourselves with chests of treasures, God’s righteousness, peace and joy that we store up in the future for us to enjoy.

That’s what Isaiah says in our text tonight. As he looks ahead and we look ahead, he says:

GOD’S SALVATION WILL LAST FOREVER

I. Everything keeps on changing

II. God’s righteousness is constant

Our text begins by Isaiah saying, (he wants them to pay attention), “Listen to me my people, hear me my nation.” He wanted to remind them that that word of the Lord, would sometimes not seem to do too much, was going to be effective and powerful. Just like today, we don’t see the word of the Lord knocking down buildings; we don’t see the word of the Lord coming and destroying nations for their evil and wickedness. Some would say, ‘Well, it’s not too powerful.’ So it was in the time of the children of Israel.


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