Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. I pray this blog finds you well. It is my hope to encourage you and to speak into your spirit from the word of God. First let me invite you to our church. It is vital that you have a place of worship and a Pastor you can connect to and learn from. If you are searching for a church home or don’t know the value of one, allow me to invite you to In His Presence Family Worship Center. It is a good church with awesome people and the word of God is taught without compromise. Visit us online at IHPFWC.ORG. Come to church, we are located at 1673 Dean St. in Brooklyn. Service begins at 8 AM on Sunday and at 7 PM on Wednesday nights for bible study. Be my special guest. I am looking for you.
I preached from this text on Sunday and I just want to share a short excerpt with you. Let’s look at the text:
Is. 42:23 ¶ Who will hear these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you in the future? (NLT)
The Prophet Isaiah is prophesying to the people of God and in chapter 43 speaks of what God is going to do and it is awesome. For that you should have been at church on Sunday, but before he gives them this awesome news, he makes plain Israel’s current situation. Often we miss the value of what God has done in our life because we have not taken stock of where we are in the midst of our deliverance. Some of us have even deluded ourselves into thinking we are fine where we are. When we don’t know what freedom is and how awesome it is, we think slavery is just fine. Some of us have been in slavery so long that we eulogize imprisonment. We speak well of it. We will mummer because we are being pushed into freedom because freedom takes hard work. Anything worth having does. A good marriage, a great position, a healthy body, all takes hard work.
That being said, anything you have achieved is viewed with a greater appreciation when you understand exactly where you are. Losing 50 pounds may not seem like a big deal if you did not know what you weighed, or what kind of effort it would take to do it. If you understand that you were 400 pounds and how hard it was to stay motivated, you will celebrate every pound.
Israel, according to the text was at a low point. The war with the Assyrians had left them robbed and plundered, enslaved, imprisoned and trapped. (Isaiah 42:22) NLT According to verse 24, they were fair game for anyone, ripe for the pickings and no one to protect them, because they did not “Obey God’s Law”. Beloved, it is entirely possible that we are not where we want to be because of our disobedience.
Is. 42:20 You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it.
You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” (NLT)
Knowing this, the question is posed by the prophet. Will you “hear the lesson from the past and see the ruin that awaits”? We can and must learn from our mistakes. We can do whatever we set our minds to, if we are willing to learn. You can prosper if we do not repeat the same mistakes that made us unprosperous before. We can have a healthy marriage if we stop doing the unhealthy things we keep doing. Also, implied in this text is that our change is on us. Stop praying that God would change your circumstance, your husband or wife, your job. God wants to change you. When he changes you, you then change everything around you. When you learn from your past, you can see the ruin that awaits, you ought to do things God’s way and avert ruin. We can change everything. Stop settling for what you have been and become what God says you are. You are the head, not the tail. You are above and not beneath. This does not happen by God changing our surroundings, it happens when God changes us. When your mindset changes and you are determined to obey God, you cannot settle for what is, and nothing but God’s best is acceptable. None of this will happen if you continue to refuse to walk in God’s law. Beloved, God can change you. Walk in his ways and obey his word. We can change our future by learning from our past.
Yours Because I am His,