A NEW THING - A NEW SEASON

Sermon by Pastor Arthur Ward Sunday AM

December 28,2002

 

Isaiah 43; 16-19

 

I believe the Lord has something tremendous to say concerning the days just ahead.

 

Isaiah 43 & 16

 

16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

 

17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

 

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

 

19 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.

 

When we read this in the NIV translation verse 18 says,

 

18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."

 

19 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.

 

For several weeks Iíve been hearing another passage of scripture over and over until it is as though the Lord is making it a part of me.

 

Ecclesiastes 3;1 says,

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: To every thing there is a season,

 

I think it is possible that we may have overlooked a tremendous truth,

 

God said to every thing there is a season.  Not to every season there is a thing.  I I believe itís safe to say, God uses things to produce or to reveal the seasons.

 

We are incline to look for the season to bring new things, but God says, The season is to the thing!   New things produce or reveal new seasons.

 

And when I say "THINGS" donít get hung up on just material things,

 

Sometimes your thing can be your ministry, your business or a relationship.  There is simple no end to the things of God!  However, If there are no new things or different things how can we expect a new or a different season!

 

The Apostle Paul gives us tremendous revelation in Phillipians 3 & 13 when he says,

 

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

 

See a thing is not only material but it can be an action as well.

 

It make us feel good when we sort of pass it off and say, "well in due season!"  But the truth is some people have been waiting for a due season for 20 years!

 

God has been trying to get some into their  due season so long that now it is their  "PAST DUE SEASON!"   Their healing is past due. Their victory is past due. Their blessing is past due.  You know you were supposed to have been further along than you are, but the truth is itís all past due!!

 

We sing He may not come when you want Him but Heíll be there right on time and this is so true, but it is also true that for many Heís been there time and time again, when their lives were as the little town of Bethlehem when Jesus showed up there. They had no room for Him!

 

Even though He is the Son of God they have no room for him because the city of their life is filled with other things!

 

Every thing that God did or God does is on purpose and there are no accidents with God!  I donít care what your Aunt told you. You are not an accident! There are no accidents with God.

 

This big bang theory we hear so much about.  Well if there was a BIG BANG it wasnít an accident!  Everything God does is for purpose and He has an intention for doing it!

 

Trees have a purpose and God has intentions when it comes to trees. They are good for many things. Wood for building houses and furniture. Wood for keeping warm. Fruit trees for food. Some trees produce rubber. Some provide shade. There are thousands of purposes for trees.

 

Even rocks and stones were created with purpose.  All Iím saying is all God does is with intention and purpose.

 

When it comes to you and me God has intentions!  You are a child of purpose! You were born with purpose! God intended for you and me to be a channel of His omnipotent power.

 

Ecclesiastes 3;1 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 

There is a time for ever purpose. This is your time!

 

Isaiah chapter 43, and verse 16

 

16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

 

Here He is speaking of when Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and out of Bondage!

 

He is reminding Israel of the provisions He made in the past.  He said when Pharaoh and his mighty army were coming to wipe you out, when you saw the cloud of dust billowing behind you, when you heard the rumbling of the many horses and chariots,

 

When everything in the natural said itís over,  He said "Didnít I make a way in the sea and didnít I make a path in the midst of the mighty waters?

 

And then in verse 17 He says, When the chariots and horses followed you into the sea,  God said, "did not I wipe them out never to rise against you again?"

 

Oh then God says but hereís the deal today,

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

 

God told the children of Israel the same things He is saying to the church today, That was then this is now!

 

Sure youíve come through some hard times.

Sure you may have faced some storms.

You may have lost a few good seasons of blessings.

You may have missed God in times past.

But That was then, this is now!

 

You may even have seen God do mighty wonderful things in the past.

 

But that was then this is now! This is a new day.

 

19 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.

 

Church there is a new thing with a new season that is springing forth!

 

Itís not a gradual thing, I mean God says, "it is springing forth, Iím launching it forward into your lives.

 

Hallelujah weíre not going backwards anymore, weíre going forward now! God is doing a new thing in you to produce a new season Now!!

 

See we look for seasons, season of reaping, seasons of being blessed, season of plenty, as though the season is going to produce and reveal the things of God,

 

But what I think we may have failed to understand is that God has appointed to every thing a season,  Seasons in our lives are appointed by God according to the things that are in our lives.

 

Proverbs 18;22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,

 

When you get married I promise you, one season is over and another begins.

 

When a baby is born in a family whether you are ready or not, that little thing produces a new season.

 

I remember many years ago I bought a new Buick. And as soon as I drove it upon the church lot a new season manifested. Some people who didnít care for me started liking me! Others who said that were our friends quit the church!

 

New Things produce new seasons!

 

There are new things God has ordered for you and me but delivery canít come because we are still possessed with things whose season is over!

 

To everything there is a season and the big plans God has for you are not going to happen until you release the past!

 

God says, Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;

 

At the beginning of every new year I have to really pay attention in writing checks to make sure I donít write the wrong year in the check.

 

Inevitably I will do it every year. Iíll write the former year instead of the current year.

 

See itís easy to get caught up in the former things because weíve lived with them so long we have develop involuntary actions.

 

We just do it that way because weíve done it that way for so long we can do it with out thinking.

 

Just as in writing a check, in the new thing God is doing we are going to need to pay attention and keep our mind on the new thing lest the former thing try to take over.   We must develop new actions!

 

The story is told of the Big Brown bear who all of his life had lived in a cage on wheels and was used as a side show in the Carnival.

 

His only movement was 12 paces to the left and grunt and growl then we paces to the right and grunt and growl.  That was all he knew all of his life.

 

As the bear grew old someone was moved with compassion for the old bear and purchased him from the carnival in order to let him live out his live in a zoo with more space to roam.

 

However when it came time to remove him from his cage it became most difficult only because all he knew was 12 paces to the left and grunt and growl then we paces to the right and grunt and growl.

 

Finally after prodding him and forcing him out of the cage with more freedom than he had ever known,  all he would do was 12 paces to the left and grunt and growl then we paces to the right and grunt and growl.

 

His world was totally consumed with former things!  Even though the cage was gone. Even though the man with the whip was gone, In his mind he was still a slave to the former things,

 

Is there any wonder Why God would tell us

 

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

 

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;

 

I believe God is calling on us to reach for the new thing that God is doing!

 

God promised the children of Israel a land that was flowing with milk and honey.  God heard them crying and came down to bring them into not only a new land but a new season!

 

As long as the Children of Israel refused the new thing they still lived in the former season!

 

ITS A NEW SEASON!" Godís doing a new thing!

 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Faith is the substance of things

Faith is the evidence of things

 

A season is a period in our lives when something is to occur! Something is supposed to happen!

 

If youíre ready for your break through God will not allow anything former thing to keep you from the new season!

 

Mistakes, Former marriages, Bad Credit, Bad relationships, Health problems, It doesnít matter,

 

satan will always try to make you believe things about yourself that are completely untrue,  You are still the apple of Godís eye.  

 

The new thing holds tremendous opportunity.  So enter with your head high, knowing in your heart,  This is your season.

 

Put the mistakes of yesterday behind you.  Let go of the pain of the past and never allow those events to dictate your future.

 

Sure the devil thought you would have given up by now. But, refuse to stop short of your destiny.  Keep reaching for the things of God and building your dreams.

 

"Remember 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." Isaiah 43:18,19.