He makes all things new!

““But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Sunday Service: He Makes all things new!

Posted by Freddy Santos Jr. on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sermon Notes:

Their current condition

  • Enslaved in Babylon
  • Abandoned
  • Homes and lives destroyed
  • The temple destroyed
  • Feeling a sense of hopelessness
  • Entrusted with the worship of the one true God
  • Prostituted themselves to other lovers
  • Turned to others for help, and not The Lord

In that condition God promises to save

  • He reminds them of their past victories
  • How he fought their battles and called out their enemies
  • Because He keeps His word
    • Jeremiah 1:12 – And the LORD said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”

Don’t focus on your past failures

  • God told them: “But forget all that.”
  • Forget about your failures and faults
  • Forget about your sin and shame
  • I know what you have done… but forget all that… it’s nothing compared to what I’m about to do for you

Don’t lean on your past victories

  • Forget all of that, there is more
  • You are not limited to your past victories, there is more
  • Nothing can compare to the plan he has for you

When we hold on to the past failures

  • We miss that God wants to do something new
  • The enemy would want to keep us in guilt and shame, but God wants to do something new
  • He is committed to his word, he is committed to you!
  • Our past can hinder us, God says, forget all that for I have dealt with it.
  • Easy as asking for forgiveness
    • 1 John 1:9 says “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
    • He is faithful and just and forgives by cleaning us of all wickedness!
    • God wants you free, not bound to the past
    • Enemy wants you bound so that you won’t see what God is doing
  • God says, you confessed it, I forgave it, now forget it.

When we hold on to our past victories

  • We can miss what God is doing now.
  • Put God in a box that only allows for what you have experienced
  • God wants to do something new that pales in comparison to what he has already done.
  • He saved you to give you His freedom

I have already begun, do you not see it?

  • If your bound to the past, you will miss what he has already begun
  • If your leaning on last years victory, you will miss what he has already begun is year
    • Philippians 4:6 – And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

The Lord says: I will make a way

  • A pathway through the wilderness
    • Where you may feel lost, He makes a way
  • Rivers in dry wasteland
    • Where you are dry, he refreshes with life giving water

Let 2017 be the year you forget all that, and focus on the possibilities!

  • Don’t bring the same old destructive memories of your pain and failure, God says He is about to make something new happen, don’t dwell on that, forget that!
  • Don’t bring the destructive behavior, believe God at this year your breakthrough over those struggles are going to turn things around
  • Experience all of His goodness, even when in a difficult place in your life. He is faithful to continue what he started in you!
  • Things are already different in you, do you not perceive it?
  • See him making a way, where there seems to be no way out of the wilderness.
  • See him filling your dry wasteland with the glory of his living water

God also said in Isaiah 43:

2When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;

13“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.”