GET TOGETHER – DRINK SOMETHING NEW TODAY!
Isa 43:19,20 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. Re 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”(NKJV)
With so much going on and so many unexpected changes in our lives I am trying very hard to be sure that I am hearing from the Lord correctly about what to share with you today. Hopefully this will be a word that encourages you no matter where you may be. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have been born again, I pray that it will help you to walk faithfully with Him in this time of the unexpected. If you are not a follower of His I pray that in some way that God would reveal Himself to you in such a way that you would surrender your life to Him.
Fifty years ago, today I rode through Hamilton, Alabama for the first time in my life. I was with fifteen other men from Dora and Cordova. We were in the National Guard and we were on a Trailways bus headed for Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. I had slipped some whiskey in my bag and I was drunk by the time we got to Eldridge, Al. I am not bragging about my sin. But what I do want to tell you is that God can take the vilest sinner and use them for His glory and His purpose.
About an hour ago I just left a family that is going through a very tough time. While I was there the presence and grace of God was there in a very special way. The Holy Spirit began to remind me of some others times here in Hamilton that some people have been through some tough times and that God worked through those times in a great and mighty way.
If you would have told me fifty years ago today that I would be living in Hamilton, Alabama and preaching I would have in my drunken stupor laughed my head off. I think about the number fifty in the Bible. Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church. Peter who had denied Jesus three times the night before He died on the cross was used to bring three thousand souls into the Kingdom. God was doing a new thing in his life. He gave Peter one thousand souls for every time that he had denied him. That is grace!
The Good news for us is that the Holy Spirit is with us all of the time. As we go through this time of unexpected things taking place so much in our world it is an opportunity to grow closer to God. Sadly, when people often go through unexpected traumatic things in their lives they often run from God. Sometimes people turn to drugs, alcohol, sexual sin, or some other way to attempt to cope with the challenges and changes that they are facing in their lives.
Isaiah tells us that God will do a new thing in our lives. He will do this when we turn from our old sinful ways and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. He tells us that we don’t have to fear when we go through the wilderness, or the dessert in life. He says that all of the beast of the field honors the name of the Lord. The Corona Virus fears the Name of the Lord. All of the things that are happening as a result of this situation are not bigger than God. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, He invites you to come today and let Him lead you through this dessert that is filled with jackals and other beasts.
He makes streams in the dessert. If I had known that fifty years ago today, I would have been drinking from His fountain rather than the pint of whiskey that I was drinking from. So today as a believer in Jesus Christ know that the same Holy Spirit that Peter was filled with on the Day of Pentecost is there for you. He is there to lead you. He is there to do a new thing in your life. Let Him do it and you will never regret it.
Let Us Pray
Lord we know that these are uncertain times. We know that You are a God of certainty when other things seem uncertain. Today Lord give strength to your people as you do a new thing in our lives. Lord for any that read this that aren’t saved I pray today that the Holy Spirit would lead them to that place of surrender and that You would do a new thing in their lives.
In Jesus Name
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior feel free to message me if you would like to accept His mercy, and be born again by faith in His shed blood. He will make all things new in your life!