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J. Andrew Goodwin

 

Isaiah 43:18, 19
                          Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!                                                                          Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

 

     "Happy New Year!" And Thank  God for new beginnings. He is truly the God of new beginnings. He makes His mercy new every morning. He gives us a clean slate when we come to Him and are baptized in His name:"Jesus." May this be the year we become motivated to seek a new vision and a new interest in the things of God.

The 1st step to embracing the new thing that God wants to do in your life is to:
I. CHANGE YOUR FOCUS
II. QUIT LOOKING BEHIND START LOOKING HEAD 
           Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

If you are continually looking behind, you cannot see where you are going. This is important to learn if you are ever going to move on to new things in Christ. We can reflect on past victories, but previous victories are doing nothing to set you free.  You need a new work, a new miracle, a new victory.


The question isn’t what has God done –the question must be: What is God doing in your life right now? What is it that you want Him to do in your life right now?


Secondly, in order to move on to new things in Christ you must know that....You Cannot Allow Your Past Failures to Possess You-- don’t dwell on the past.


The children of Israel had failed God miserably.
 Every time He blessed them with good things, they returned to Him evil things:
1. God gave them the Temple - they gave Him idol worship
2. God gave them truth - they lived and proclaimed a lie
3. God gave them His commands - they lived like they were suggestions.
4. God gave them wealth - they used it to abuse the poor
5. God gave them Himself - they gave Him nothing except rejection.


The children of Israel did not deserve to receive anything from God. Yet He still loved them and He earnestly wanted to help them change.

Notice God’s Message:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

God was not condemning them for their past, they could do nothing to change it.

Instead God was holding out the hand of hope. He is in effect saying: Forget about your past -- I am giving you an opportunity to start over.

Isaiah 55:7 
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.


If you are going to get anywhere in your spiritual life you must understand that you cannot live on yesterday’s Faith

Psalm 85:6-8 
Will You not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your mercy, Lord and grant us your salvation. I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

The 2nd step to embracing the new thing what God wants to do in your life is to:
                                     CLARIFY YOUR FOCUS -- DISCOVER WHAT GOD WANTS FOR YOU
         1. What do you see when you view your life?
         2. Do you see possibilities or problems?

Notice what God said: “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

The children of Israel had a choice. 
They could view their past and the problems of their present, or they could focus upon what God wanted to do in their lives.


In order to discover what God wants for you, you Must First See Yourself as God Sees You

Colossians 1:21, 22 21  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight

In order to discover what God wants for you, You Must See Your Possibilities as God Sees Them " I am making a way in the desert."


God is able to transform the desert areas of your life into fields of blessing and abundance.
God can take a dried up useless life and transform it into a life of purpose and grace:

2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 
Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.


The greatest step to embracing the new thing what God wants to do in your life is to
COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOD’S PLAN

God has already set into motion a new direction and a new purpose for your life -- will you follow Him?

              All in His Kingdom, 

  Pastor J. Andrew Goodwin