As we get closer to closing the chapter of this year (2012), we have a great opportunity to enter into a new chapter of our lives. In my observation of people, there are two things that are difficult for most during this time: (1) Forgetting about the past and (2) laying hold on a brighter future. No matter what you have experienced this year,
God has something greater in store for you. As a matter of fact, God has something greater in store for you every single day. Usually during this time of the year, people are making New Year’s resolutions concerning the things that they want to change about themselves that they do not like. While we are our greatest critics, what would happen if we allowed God to critique us? Setting natural goals are great, but what if we heard from God about some supernatural things that He desires for us to do, and make those our goals?
Forget And Go Forward
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV) 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.
What God is saying through the prophet Isaiah is that He wants to do something new. “New” would mean something that you have not experienced before. However, in order to do something “new”, you have to trade in something “old.” It’s an exchange – old for new. He starts off by telling us to forget about whatever experiences we have had in life. He even eliminates any excuses that we could use. Many people tell God, “God, I would do this but there is no way possible for me to do this because of my situation.” This is when He makes the statement, “I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
18 “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
“Where God takes you from is nothing compared to where He’ll take you to.” –Matt Shearin
Another reason people do not lay hold on what God has for them is because they do not see it. He asked, “…Do you not se it?” Many times we cannot see what God is doing because we focus on what has already been done. God didn’t say that He had already done it; He said that He had already begun it.If what you need is not there, He said that He would make it or create it.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (AMP)
18 Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
This version gives a broader description of what God is saying through the prophet Isaiah. God is asking if we will give heed to the new things that He wants to do in our lives.Sometimes in order to go on with our lives, we have to “reset” our lives. Have you ever been working on a computer and all of the sudden it freezes on you?
You can’t work any further than what you have already done. Have you ever had your modem or router lock up? You cannot access anything more than what you have already accessed. Most electronics come with a “reset” button. This button is to be used when things freeze or stop working properly. Many times people freeze themselves in a particular situation, never moving forward from it.
“Never park by your successes and never park by your failures.” –Oral Robert
Too many times people either can’t get past their failures, or they simply bask in the glory of their previous successes. You cannot sit in the past and expect a future out of it. Your tomorrow is determined by what you capture today. So you did a couple of stupid things in your life, is that what you are going to allow to define you?
So you did a couple of great things in your life, is that all that you want to achieve? Our lives are to be lived as one who never stops growing, never stops learning, and never stops achieving. The day that you stop and sit in your past is the day that your future becomes someone else’s. The Apostle Paul said it best in Philippians chapter 3.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
What Paul is saying is that there is a life that Christ has already obtained for you, it is your job now to obtain it. He said forget and look forward! Remembering always connects to looking backwards.You cannot remember something that has not happened yet. Satan can trap you by your memory. Paul simply says, “Forget.” Concerning relationships, I once heard a man say, “The key to having a long-term relationship is having a short-term memory.” There is something powerful about the reset button.
Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG)
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
Paul starts off by addressing his speech. He says what he is not saying, and then he says what he is saying, “…I am well on my way…”
“What is in your mouth today will effect your life tomorrow.”
Our words have power. We must choose them wisely. “Your world is framed by the words of your mouth.”
Paul’s statement in verse 14 reveals his attitude towards life, “I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
“Your attitude is a library of your past, a spokesman of your present, and a prophesy of your future.”
Whatever your situation has been, it doesn’t have to be. “Be” refers to the present and the future; “been” refers to your past. We are to reset our lives in such a way that we have a fresh start, a “new” beginning; a life of expectation of what God is doing that we have yet to experience.