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Bible Ballistics: BBs #699  A New Thing?  Really???

 

Just a brief word of hope and encouragement as we leave the year of 2020 and begin a new year with trepidation and uncertainty!  I hope these thoughts and scriptures will speak to you and me today!  Blessings on you and yours in this new year!

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 43:19

Without digging into the depths of the context of this verse, I just want us to consider that God is ever at work, and sometimes God is doing things that we haven’t considered.  God told Israel here, through the Prophet Isaiah, that He was about to do something unexpected and awesome.  While Israel would have to experience the judgment of God in Babylonian captivity, for their disobedience, much like America, God wasn’t finished with HIS work in them—for them—and even through them; and He wanted them to be watching (with eyes to “see” and ears to “hear”).

Much like we talked about last time, we need to have “eyes to see”, and “ears to hear” what God has to reveal and speak to our hearts and lives as well as the opportunities that He has for us.  Much like the author of Hebrews wrote, we need to be willing to keep our focus on our Lord and not our circumstances.  As I am often heard to say, “we must be like Daniel and keep our eyes on our ‘LORD’ and not the ‘lions’ around us”!  Where is your focus?  May we be like our Lord and continually seek to “do the will of HIM who sent me” (See John 4:34)?  Ever seeking to “do the will” of Him who saves us!

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about

with so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us lay aside every weight,

and the sin

which doth so easily beset us,

and let us run

with patience

the race

that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus

the author

and finisher

of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross,

despising the shame,

and is set down

at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him

that endured such contradiction of sinners

against himself,

lest ye be wearied

and faint

in your minds.”  Hebrews 12:1-3

We must always remember that while circumstances continually seem to change there really is “nothing new”!  God’s got this and that—God’s got you and me (if you will but receive HIS Son in repentance and faith in Jesus’ substitutionary [taking your place], atoning [paying your sin debt], sacrifice [dying as the sinless, pure Lamb of God for our sin!] -See 2 Corinthians 5:21-)—and God knows what lies ahead—and we can trust to HIS care!

May we renew our commitment to be the reflection of our Lord Jesus Christ to a world lost and in need of a Redeemer!

All things are full of labour;

 man cannot utter it:

the eye is not satisfied

with seeing,

nor the ear filled

with hearing.

9 The thing that hath been,

it is that which shall be;

and that which is done

is that which shall be done:

and there is no new thing under the sun.

10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said,

See,

this is new?

it hath been already of old time,

which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance

of former things;

neither shall there be any remembrance

of things that are to come

with those that shall come after.”   Ecclesiastes 1:8-11

 If you don’t know HIM, you can!  You can call upon HIM today and have a new life in the new year!

For God so loved the world,

that he gave

his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth

in him

should not perish,

but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son

into the world

to condemn the world;

but that the world

through him

might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him

is not condemned:

but he that believeth not

is condemned already,

because he hath not believed

in the name

of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation,

that light is come into the world,

and men loved darkness

rather than light,

because their deeds were evil.”   John 3:16-19

Happy New Year to one and all.  Remember Jesus still saves, and changes lives today!Ecc

Amen and Amen!