Summary: Change happens whether we like it or not. God works to get us out of our comfort zone and into our dependence on him.
1. On the birthday of a 100 year old man in Maine a reporter interviewed the man and said, “100 years! Wow, you have seen a lot of changes.” The man replied, “Yes, and I have been agin’ every one of ‘em!”
2. Changes Come, Ready or Not
• 90%t of all the items in the supermarket today did not exist just ten years ago.
• It is estimated that 73% of college graduates are going into jobs which did not exist when they were born – 22 short years ago.
• George Washington traveled from Virginia to Washington D.C. by horseback. It could take him ten days traveling at a speed of twenty-five miles per day.
• When astronauts come back to earth, they travel at over 25,000 miles per hour. At that speed you could fly from New York to San Francisco in just a couple of minutes.
• “My great-grandfather rode a horse, but was afraid of the train. My grandfather rode on a train, but was afraid of a car. My father rode in a car, but was afraid of an airplane. I ride in an airplane, but I’m afraid of a horse."
3. Change is the cure for complacency
Wheaties began making cereal back in the late 1940’s. It was good, but it wasn’t particularly popular. So, in the early 1950’s they took a big financial risk and did something nobody else had ever done. They paid big bucks to have a popular athlete grace the front of the box, and their new slogan was, “Breakfast of Champions.” The athlete was an Olympic gold medalist in the pole-vaulting competition. His was a preacher, and his name was Bob Richards.
It worked. Wheaties became an overnight success and has been near the top selling cereals ever since. But they had to do something else, too. They had to keep finding new athletes that people knew. See, as the years go by, people forget names and accomplishments. A few years after Rev. Richards appeared on the box, people forgot who he was.
So, throughout the years, to be able to introduce the cereal to new people, they changed the outside of the box to be more relevant to the society of that day. But you have to notice something very important. Not once during all this time, did they ever change the cereal inside the box! It has remained unchanged in all these years.
• We have an Unchanging Gospel – to be seen AS IS – a GREAT RESTORATION Principle
o Baptism has been a great emphasis [Naaman]
o Repentance is tougher
4. The church today needs some serious repentance – we are failing to carry out the mission Jesus has given to us and we don’t really care.
5. Needed today is a strong reliance on God
6. Isaiah 43.14-19
I. The Impressed Oppressed
A. Israel’s Context – Oppression by Egypt; Assyria; Babylon
1. They knew their history
2. They believed God’s promises – good and bad
3. God made impressions on his chosen people
B. Our Adversary’s Oppressions
1. Remember that Satan HATES you
a. You bear the image of God
b. You follow Yeshua (Jesus)