Posted by: peebles | January 5, 2011

Isaiah 43:18 to19 (NIV) ~ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

Isaiah 43:18 to19 (NIV) ~ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

Wow! What a powerful word from God today in this cluster of heavenly fruit picked from the vine of God, filled with delicious flavours to nourish you and help you grow in God and the things of the kingdom. Twice in verse 18 God gently directs you into a different path, to be a person filled with a positive outlook rather than always looking back with regrets, and He tells you to forget the former things, and do not dwell on things which have happened. It is time to go forward, to move onward and upward onto better things. Don’t let the enemy of your soul keep you ensnared in the trap of the past, the trap of dwelling on the former things which once held you back. It is time for change; it is time to be free.

It is not about where you have been, but rather where you are going that matters. You cannot change the past, what has happened, has happened. Don’t dwell on the past, rise up and move on. It is time for change, just as God goes on to say in Isaiah 43:19 (NIV), “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.” Godly change can produce a fruitful harvest. Godly change can bring about a more powerful and positive you.

Change is something that some people do not like; however, change must happen for you to grow. Consider this, when a baby is born, it leaves the warmth, security, protection and comfort of the womb. That is what it is like for you when you become comfortable with your situation, or you surroundings. You can, therefore, understand why many would resist the change and not want to break out of their comfort zone. However, there is a whole new world waiting to be discovered, a whole new realm of maturity to grow into. No matter how vulnerable you may feel, you have this assurance that whatever you face, wherever you go, whatever you do, your Father God is watching over you every step of the way.

You cannot live forever in the comfort zone, “within the womb”, as it were, of a church building, and expect to grow. Even the butterfly cannot stay within the cocoon forever. It wants to fly! If you ever want to fly, if you ever want to grow, you have to change. There is always a struggle when a change is manifest. Many people want to stay in the past, and will say such things as, “I remember the old days, the way we did things then was a lot better.” Even the Bible says in Luke 5:39 (NIV), “And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’” You must never change the message of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation, however, you must change how you present it, and the outworking of the practical implications of it, without losing any of the power and integrity of the message if you are to effectively reach this generation, and those yet to come.

You do not change just for the sake of a change, but you embrace change because it is positive, productive, and it brings progress. Just as the body wants to push the baby out, to let it grow and mature, so you have to be willing to go out into the world with the gospel. You have to change, you have to mature, and you have to grow.

How can anyone ever grow if they stay within a comfort zone? How can you stretch your faith if you do not grow and mature into the things of God? How can your church ever grow if you never go out into the world with the gospel? If you never go, you never grow!

The word “go” is a “doing” word, an action word. It means, “To cast out, just as a fisherman casts out his net to catch some fish, to be pushed out, to be compelled to go.” The Bible says in Mark 16:15 (NIV), “Therefore go into all the world and preach the good news the all creation.”

Now, on to the later part of our text for today in Isaiah 43:19 (NIV), “See, I am doing a new thing!” The Bible says in Lamentations 2:22 to 23 (NIV), “Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness.”

New every morning, are the mercies of the LORD,

New every morning, is the kindness of the LORD,

New every morning, is the blessing of the LORD,

New every morning, is the favour of the LORD,

New every morning, is a fresh anointing from the LORD,

New every morning, are new things from the Lord.

My friend, let us be brave, let us be adventurous. In the words of Captain James T. Kirk, “Let us boldly go, where no one has gone before.” Not to seek out new light and new civilisations, but to take the light into new civilisations…where no one has gone before, to seek and save the lost, in His name. Let us embrace a change for the better, let us grow and mature into the things of God, as we fulfil our calling, our great commission, and boldly be His witnesses. Let us go forward in His name, into the all the world with the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit and see God do a new thing.

God bless you friend in Jesus, Matthew.


Responses

  1. Thank you for this post. Every year instead of resolutions I choose a scripture as my year verse. This year Isa 43:18-19 chose me. So this post of yours will be bookmarked!

  2. Thank you very much for encouraging word may the LORD GOD bless u.

  3. Very good lesson to learn and to apply it to our lives


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