Sunday, October 12, 2014

God's New Things

Scripture:  Isaiah 43:18-21  (King James Version)
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.  The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.  The people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise."

The first 7 words of Verse 19, where God says: "Behold I will do a new thing
Our topic today is God's new things.
Dear to the heart of every Israelite was the remembrance of their miraculous and supernatural deliverance from the Egyptian bondage and their journey to the promised land.  How God indeed did a new thing for them!  He showed them that He can and will provide all that is needed at a given time or place.  He can make a way in the wilderness where there is no other way.  He can supply river of water in the hot dry desert.  He can and will supply manna and miracle from Heaven.
There are those people, even today, who would try to tell us that God never does a new thing; that there's "nothing new under the sun."  But, I would remind you that Christ brought to us a new likeness of God.  He brought mercy and truth.  He brought love, forgiveness and compassion…a new hope for us all.  How many feel like God has done a new thing in your life of late?  If so, give Him praise for it!
*God is not bound by the past.  He is not shackled by tradition.  He is a God of infinite resources, unlimited variety and power.  

*God does not have to do things like He has done in the past.  He can do something entirely different; something unprecedented. 

 *God can and will do things that will stagger the imagination, amaze principalities and powers and cause the world to gasp in wonder at the revelation and manifestation of His glory and power.  

*God is never short of power - and neither is He ever short on new ideas. 

Our God is a great God!  
                                                              There is nothing He cannot do!

God is a God of miracles.  He is the God of the supernatural.
                                               "Behold, I will do a new thing." 
 Every time a soul is born again God does a new thing…"now shall it spring forth."
The Bible says in

2 Corinthians 5:17(King James Version) "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

A new thing happens in every life that is baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire.  Who can explain what happens?  It is glorious and is something entirely new in each individuals life.  We should never limit God's power.  Every day that dawns should awaken in us a desire for a new touch of God and His magnificence upon our lives.  On a daily basis God can and will give us a new touch.  He has given me one today!  Moment by moment we can have a new awareness of His divine presence.  Amen?

God can do a new thing as often as we believe for it and expect it.  In fact, He can supersede our expectations and astonish our faith by His abundance, His sovereign and natural supply.  Through the Prophet Isaiah the Lord promised His people, "Behold I will do a new thing."  He brought it to pass in their deliverance from captivity and it will be fulfilled more widely in the millennium.  But, there are also some principles here that certainly apply to all of us today….let's take note of 3 of them.

#1 - There is the new way of life.  God says in Verse 19 of our text. "I will make a way in the wilderness."  Have you ever found yourself in a barren wilderness place?  Have you ever found yourself in the weeds and woods of doubt, discouragement, darkness, despair and loneliness?  Does the devil tell you that there is no way out?  I am here to tell you, right now, that God has made a way out of your wilderness and your confusion.  His mighty touch is transforming and quickening.
By His way, He gave us His new way of life!

Oh Pharaoh, King of Egypt thou art but a noise.  God knows the way through the wilderness.
Today, all you have to do is follow!  He will do a new thing for you right now if you will believe - and expect it.  God can touch you and you will never be the same again.  You may not know how He can do this but, He knows how.  You may not have the slightest idea but God is not short on ideas.  Trust Him for something new in your life, right now - and then walk with Him.

#2 - There is the new source of life.  God says, "I will make rivers in the desert."  Have you ever been in a seemingly dry empty place?  Did God come to you just at the right time and prove Himself to be the source of all true life and joy?  Oh what peace and satisfaction!   In John 7:37-38 we read…. "Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given,because Jesus was not yet glorified."
God can and will do a new thing as we drink at His foundation.  He can do a new thing…..right here, right now.  God can make you a channel of blessing!  "There is a river of life flowing out from me.  It makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  You and I can pour in the oil and the wine to those we meet along the Jericho road.  Jesus will do it through us!
God wants to do new things for every one of us.  He wants to bless us and make us channels of blessing like never before.  He has the resources to do it.  We must believe Him and expect Him to use you; to do a new thing for you.

#3 - There is the new expression of life.  God says "They shall show forth my praise. …(Verse 21) "This people have I formed for myself that they show forth my praise."  God has formed us for Himself.  We are created, redeemed, transformed, energized and anointed from above for one great purpose….to show forth God's praise!

This new life…..God has given us - God has done in us - God has done for us.
This new source and resource ushers forth from Him as rivers……ushers in us reaching out to others.  We are to express thanksgiving and praise; joyfully, exuberantly and uninhibited… ALL times!
Listen, people can make light of our enthusiasm, our emotional worship, etc.  They can say it's all hype due to the fast music…..but, our God is worthy of great praise and delights in our rejoicing before Him.  I know why I respond to His presence.  I thank Him for the new life He gives.  I thank Him for the  way He makes for me through the wilderness and the rivers that He supplies in the desert. Won't you thank and praise Him today?

If you do not know what this new life is all about why won't you ask God into your life right now?  He says, " Behold, I will do a new thing…."now it shall spring forth."  If you will believe for it and expect it, God will give you a new thing, a new life.

Let us pray………..