2011! Its the New Year!
So what else is new aside from the need for us to change our calendars and the additional number we would have to affix every date that we write?
Well for most people,
the new year represents new beginnings,
turning over a new leaf, and an outstanding opportunity to start fresh. It is digging from ground zero, so to speak. It presents a view away from the failures and bad judgments in the past, offering a perspective that is totally brand new.
Last Sunday was the first of the new year,
and Pastor Val spoke on Isaiah 43 and he shared how a fresh perspective of who our God is can actually fill is anew with the new hope and vision that we need to carry out what we ought to do for Him.
A Fresh Vision of the Lord our God
1. The Lord our God is a personal Creator. (verses 1, 7)
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
We are His special creation.
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
2. The Lord our God is a Loving Savior. (v 3 -5)
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
We are His special people.
3. The Lord our God is a Powerful God. (verses 14-17)
14 This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,[b]
in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King.”
16 This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
We are saved by His supernatural intervention.
4. The Lord our God is merciful King.
We are preserved by His sovereign grace and mercy.
As people of God, we are a people of vision and hope. Without a fresh vision of our God, we will have no hope. And without hope, we will have no reason to live and die for. Knowing who our God is, if not the best, is one of the best preparation to face the new year ahead. Because through the Lord our God, we can face the new year, and the rest of our future with bold confidence and living hope.
19 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.
Lord, I declare this new year to be all yours!