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Memorization Scripture – Isaiah 43:18-19

by on May 3, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

Isaiah 43:18-19  18) “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.  19) 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 Lord says not to remember the past.  All will be insignificant compared to the new kingdom God will establish.  See the present from the perspective of the future.  Look forward to God’s great and eternal glory.  The believer’s rebirth through faith in Christ brings newness to that person’s life, but it is only in the eternal state that God will make all things new.  Look forward and not backward.  To be able to declare new things, the Lord must know and control the future.  The new thing which God is in the process of working out eclipses the old, and deserves a more undivided and prolonged attention.  The first part of this new thing has already taken place, and there is only the last part still to come.  Surely you will experience it.

The Lord will make a way for the Gospel to be glorified; where Christ should be made known; and for Christians to walk together in the fellowship of the Gospel.  Also, the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel, and the graces of the Spirit in our hearts, and the love and blessings of God are compared to rivers for their abundance and comforting, reviving, and fruitbearing nature.  The world is like a desert, ignorant and unfruitful; and will be blessed with a pouring out of the Spirit.  Just as Israel in the wilderness was guided and supplied with water by God, the “new” deliverance will be attended with manifestations of God’s power and love, eclipsing the old.  Not merely one river will gush out of the rock, but many, which will refresh, not the bodies as formerly, but the souls of the thirsty.  Water to satisfy the people’s thirst came from the rock God told Moses to strike; living water to satisfy spiritual thirst comes from Jesus, our Rock.  All provision is from the Lord; acknowledge His blessing and declare it to others.

When the sufferings of the people of God shall be brought to an end, the sufferings of creation will also terminate; for humanity is the heart of the universe, and the people of God (according to the Spirit) are the heart of humanity.

In conclusion to The Real “F” Word series, I found this quote from Dr. Charles Stanley to be comforting, “What God forgives you for, He doesn’t hold against you.”

 

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