The New is Now

Jun 13, 2022 | Guest Speaker

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Take your Bibles and turn with me to, to Isaiah 42 and then Isaiah 43, we’re gonna look at a couple scriptures in Isaiah 42 and then a couple in Isaiah 43. This is called the new is now. I like what you said. God saves the best for last. He’s talking about the wine, you know, isn’t it funny. Jesus’s first miracles bringing.

[00:00:19] Drinks to a party. And I don’t, I don’t know a way you think about that. I’m I grew up a good Wesley and so I like that stuff was never a temptation for me, but it, I struggle with scriptures like that, but it just tells us Jesus was a fun guy. Just number one, whatever you think about, you know, wine. And if that was grape juice, if it wasn’t or whatever you think Jesus was a guy that you invited to parties.

[00:00:43] I think if we could just be that person. We could save the world. Like I like, why wouldn’t the world want you at their party? You’re the happiest people. You’re the ones that are dancing around when there’s no music out in the aisle. what in the world. [00:01:00] I, I listened to that story. I’m like, I’m so glad I’m not a youth pastor anymore.

[00:01:04] I hated that stuff. I didn’t know what to do with those kind of things. All right. This was called the newest now. And the reason I said about the water into wine is because you literally T. He saved the best till last it’s actually, he saved the best till now. Now preach by the way, because we think about it being the last no it’s now.

[00:01:23] And then now is whenever you recognize that it’s now because the Bible says that in the time of favor, I will answer you. And then a day of salvation, I will help you Isaiah 49. And then Paul comes along and says, but I tell you now, Is the day of God’s favorite today is the day of salvation. So there are things that are available for us as soon as we recognize that healing is now, salvation is now, you know, that’s not, that’s not Western American inpatient.

[00:01:55] I mean, we can take that and make that overly realized and say, you know, I [00:02:00] get everything now. No, cuz we know the kingdom is now and it’s not yet. And we live in that tension, but I wanna tell you that the new is now. That’s what I wanna tell you today. The new is now your new normal is not gonna be normal, but it’s now right.

[00:02:15] You’re not waiting for the new normal. You’re not waiting for the next thing. The next thing is now, because the moment you recognize God in this moment, it becomes a new moment. It becomes a new moment. So that’s turn to someone and say the new is. So we’re gonna talk about the new thing and, and God declares the end from the beginning, which means he declares where he’s taking you before you get there.

[00:02:38] And Isaiah is up as here, prophesy to the nation of Israel. That’s about to go into captivity and. And at the beginning of that prophecy about their captivity and the end. We have these bookend prophecies that I wanna read to you, Isaiah 42 verse nine and 10 says, see, the former things have taken place and new things I declare [00:03:00] before they spring into being.

[00:03:01] I announce them to you sing to the Lord, a new song and his praise to the ends of the earth. Now we’re gonna look at Isaiah 40. Three verse 18 and 19. It says this, forget the former things do not dwell in the past. See I’m doing a new thing. Now it Springs up do not perceive it. I’m making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

[00:03:24] And so we have these book and prophecies, by the way, I wanted to give this book to you. So bless you, man. All right. So. We have these bookend prophecies in the middle. We have this kind of bad news stuff, but God declares before they go into captivity, I’m gonna do something new. And there’s three things I wanna point out to you from these bookend prophecies.

[00:03:45] First of all, there is a former thing. There is a former thing. So we cannot be in denial and in faith at the same time, faith is not denying that I went [00:04:00] through something. Faith is not. And, and with all great respect for my word of faith heritage, because I did have about three years where my family went into the word of faith and we would understand, and I appreciate it that in the word of faith movement, they have taught us to.

[00:04:17] Really be careful about the words that we speak, because so with the power of life and death is in the tongue. Right. And so, but I used to make a joke as a kid because the, if you said the phrase to someone take care, What does that mean? It means like, I hope you drive safe. I hope things, you know, you don’t have a problem, but, but the Bible says cast all your cares on him for, he cares for you.

[00:04:45] And so I had a friend who took that literally, and they would say, if you said, take care, they say, oh, I don’t take care. I cast all my cares on God, you know? And, and they argue with me. I, no, I just want you to be careful. No, I’m not gonna take care. Now you take that. I don’t wanna take that. I casted all my cares on God.

[00:04:59] And [00:05:00] what I wanna say to you is. We can sometimes live in a P a place where our faith becomes a denial of the reality. There’s some places where you can’t go and give words of knowledge for healing, cuz people will say no, no, I don’t receive that. I don’t have that. But if I don’t realize that I’m a sinner, I can’t receive grace.

[00:05:21] If I don’t say that I’m sick, I can’t receive healing. If I don’t say that I have cares, then how can I cast my care on him? Yeah, I have cares. I have burdens. I have weaknesses, but his yolk is easy. His burden is light. So I give my kid, Jesus even said it, God, I have a will I have a will. And my and father, I don’t wanna go to the cross.

[00:05:48] He wrestled with it. Didn’t he father, if it be your will let this cup pass from me, what’s he saying I have a will and it’s not the same as yours. So nevertheless, There’s a big [00:06:00] word right there. Yeah. Yeah. I’ve been going through some stuff, but nevertheless, yeah, I got beat up last year, but nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.

[00:06:10] What is that? That’s an exchange between the father and the son with him saying. Father, I’m a human now. And I have a human will and that human will doesn’t like pain that human will. Doesn’t like injustice that human will doesn’t like that human will gets ticked off sometimes. And I clean that up for you cuz you’re in Texas up north, we would use a different word.

[00:06:34] That’s not ticked off now human will gets ticked off. Sometimes in Chicago they get more than ticked off. Right. But God, not my will. But your will be done. It’s an exchange. So he’s saying there’s a former thing, but listen to this, he says, forget the former things. So F Isaiah 42 says, [00:07:00] see, the former things have taken place.

[00:07:01] They’re real, but you can forget the former things. Now I forget a lot these days because I, I had a motorcycle accident a couple years ago and I had a concussion. And so now we all have things we forget, but you know, when you have a, a, a brain injury, sometimes you get a little extra sensitive, like I, am I forgetting that?

[00:07:23] Or is that normal or is that, is that residue from the brain injury? But I, I have to be honest with you. I actually also have small print in my life called the concussion clause. So if I forget to do something and someone says, did you take out the trash. I said, oh, I had a concussion. I didn’t forget. It’s the concussion clause.

[00:07:45] It covers a whole bunch of stuff. I mean, tell, I, I think all of 20, 20, in fact, they came up to me and they said, you gave us a prophecy when you’re here in 2020. And I’m like concussion clause. I don’t know if it was good or not. Cuz I had a brain injury. They’re like, no, no really it was good. I’m like, okay, no worries.

[00:07:59] God used [00:08:00] me but this word forget doesn’t mean have a lack of memory. It means. Don’t let the memory mark you,

[00:08:13] it doesn’t mean you won’t remember what happened. It means that your memory doesn’t mark you and literally that’s what it mean. It means don’t let it leave a mark. Don’t let your memory mark you because memories. Actually make you what you are, what you remember is actually becomes your truth. What comes your reality and what you remember, how you remember it.

[00:08:39] And do you know that memories can be redeemed? Memories can be reformed. Memories can be restructured, and literally you can take a memory and you can restructured in your brain. You can see Jesus in that moment. What he’s saying is that you’ve been through some stuff, but it doesn’t have to mark. Some stuff got broken, but it doesn’t have to mark you.[00:09:00]

[00:09:00] The former things have taken place. Forget the former things. Don’t let ’em mark you. I was, I was in a Philadelphia area preaching several years ago and I gave an altar call and several people got saved and I prayed the regular prayer. You normally pray, you know, that Jesus that came from the father died, went back to the father alive.

[00:09:17] We believe you’re the son of God. We believe you died for us. We believe you rose again. Thank you for coming into our life, making all the old things new. Dead things alive. And I, we confessed that out loud several times. I declared it over. Each of them, it’s what I kind of normally do. And, and I came back to this church a year later and a gentleman came up to me and said, you know, last time you were here, I gave my life to Christ.

[00:09:39] I’m like, that’s so great. And he said, but something else happened. He said, you pray to prayer that all the old things would be made new. I said, yeah, I always pray that prayer. And he said, but. I had hepatitis C from a former lifestyle that I lived with drugs. And he said, I go every so often to get my levels checked because it’s something that [00:10:00] I just have to live with the rest of my life.

[00:10:02] And he said, but I went to get checked several. I don’t know if it’s several weeks or several months after he gave his life to Christ and the doctor called him and said, we need to take that test again because we can’t find the levels for hepatitis C in your system. And he said, took the test again. And the doctor called him in.

[00:10:19] He said, this is strange. I’ve never seen this happen. Not only don’t you have hepatitis C in your system, but even if your levels were nonexistent, we would see the markers that you had hepatitis C and you don’t have markers. You have blood that looks like you never had hepatitis C. That is justification.

[00:10:45] We have been justified by the blood of Jesus, just as if we never sin just as if it never happened. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have the memory, but the memory doesn’t mark me, turn to [00:11:00] someone. Say the memory, doesn’t mark you. The memory doesn’t mark. You. Next Isaiah goes on and says this, forget the former things, because God is doing a new thing.

[00:11:17] God’s doing a new thing. You know, that’s one of the favorite things prophetic. People love to say that God’s doing a new thing. He’s doing something else. And I used to joke with my friends. I’m like, I think prophets are always prophesying new stuff, just because they’re so bored. They always want to, they always wanna see change, you know, because I believe sometimes we are discontent with where we are, so we just want something different.

[00:11:47] But the new thing is now it’s when see, even before you see it, I announce it to you. It’s already here. You know, John, the Baptist prophesied a new thing. [00:12:00] One day Jesus was walking by and John, the Baptist goes, Hey, check it out. That’s the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He prophesied the new thing.

[00:12:12] The Bible tells us in Matthew chapter 11, John, the Baptist ends up in prison and he’s in prison. And he starts to see differently because his memory is marking him. His, his experience is making him change his perspective. And so he brings some of his disciples to him and he says, go talk to Jesus and ask him, is he the one that is to come?

[00:12:37] Or is there another one after him? It’s very interesting scripture because you see that as people of God, we can sometimes believe something at one moment and believe the complete opposite at another moment. Because we think the new thing is supposed to look a certain [00:13:00] way. We think it’s supposed to look the way we thought John, the Baptist thought revival was coming by a political revival.

[00:13:07] John, the Baptist thought revival was coming by the toppling of the Roman government. John, the Baptist thought revival was coming by the, you know, the priesthood repenting. And so he thought when the Messiah comes. Man we’re gonna be free. We’re gonna have a Jewish nation again. And that was the thinking of most Jewish people in those times.

[00:13:26] But Jesus came to bring another kingdom. He came to bring another kingdom, a kingdom that healed the sick, a kingdom that raised the dead, a kingdom that cast out demons, a kingdom that preach good news to the poor, a kingdom that preach deliverance to those that were in captivity, a kingdom that said this is the acceptable year of the Lord’s favor.

[00:13:48] And that all happened in the most desperate cultural circumstances in the most unjust time, probably on the earth, certainly [00:14:00] for the Jewish nation. Jesus said, this is my kingdom. So the question about what is the new thing is an important thing. And so when you look at this word new, it’s actually not the opposite of old.

[00:14:15] So what. Isaiah is saying God’s doing a new thing, but he’s not saying I’m destroying the old thing.

[00:14:26] See a lot of people during the shutdown realized that they didn’t need to come to church on Sunday morning to be fed and nothing against you guys watching don’t turn me off. We love to have you here, but, but just because there is another expression of church that we become familiar with doesn’t mean God’s doing away with this.

[00:14:49] God’s doing a new thing, but he’s doing a renewed thing, a real rebuilt thing, a restored thing. That’s what the word new there means I’m doing a renewed thing. Renewal is a good thing. [00:15:00] Reformation is a good thing. Revival is a good thing, but it doesn’t tear down the old to build the new and, and the moment we start tearing down the old, in order to find the new, we actually have just torn down the new.

[00:15:15] And so I would encourage you. I’ve been studying history for the last five years and I’ve been studying, I went back to my Wesleyan roots. John Wesley was an Anglican priest that wanted to see revival. And so he went out and he preached in the fields to the minors and they began to get saved and he formed them in discipleship communities.

[00:15:36] He formed the Methodist movement, but it never was a denomination or a church. In fact, as long as John Wesley lived, he never had a Sunday morning meeting because he never left the Anglican church. He told people, you should go to your church on Sunday morning and you should be discipled in a community during the week because the church [00:16:00] in the early church met in the church and in houses.

[00:16:04] When he found the new thing for his nation, he didn’t destroy the old thing. Here’s what I wanna say to you. I believe that God is giving a, given a rich history to this church and God is doing something new, but he’s not tearing down the ill to build the new, he’s just doing a renewed thing, a rebuilt thing, a restored thing.

[00:16:23] And as I said that, I really. Felt like something on the discipleship in home groups that God’s gonna do. I feel like there’s a, a renewal of life groups and community groups that you’ve tried to have in the past. And I feel like even as a leadership team may be discussing these things and I just feel like the Lord says there’s a.

[00:16:40] Breadth of life on life groups. That’s coming to you guys and there’s a strategy and a structure that’s actually gonna help you to reach into parts of the community that you haven’t reached before. Particularly some of the urban environments of Dallas, that you’re gonna be able to start home groups in and include people into the church that [00:17:00] maybe wouldn’t transport, but wouldn’t come here by because of transportation, but you’d be able to reach them in community.

[00:17:05] I feel like there’s a grace on that for you guys, someone say God’s doing a renew thing. He wants to take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for good. He wants to take the things that were your greatest weaknesses and make ’em your greatest strength. He’s doing a renewed thing. Now, Isaiah goes on to say, you see, you’re gonna see it spring up.

[00:17:31] In fact, he says before they spring up, I announce them to you. Then he makes a statement, sing to the Lord, a new song in 40 in, in chapter 43. He says, now it Springs up. Do you not perceive it? I make way in the wilderness in streams, in the wasteland. Here’s what he’s saying here. That God has already spoken the end from the beginning.[00:18:00]

[00:18:01] Maybe you were born into a family without a father. But God says before you were formed in your mother’s womb, I knew you, maybe you were educated in an environment where they didn’t see the gifts that were in you and you had people around you who spoke against your greatest strength and turned, you made you believe something about yourself.

[00:18:27] That wasn’t true, but God says before you were born, I called you. In Isaiah’s case to be a prophet to the nations. You see, God knew you, he saw you and he knew you before, before you were broken before you were battered, before you stopped believing in yourself before, what did he see before is Ephesians one tells us, it says.

[00:18:58] You were chosen [00:19:00] in Christ since before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight in love, you were predestined to be adopted as his son and daughter. That word chosen contains two things. It’s the word to see and to call God saw. He called you. He saw you in Christ. He saw you.

[00:19:26] Holy. He saw you blameless. He saw you loved, he saw you adopted, he saw you as a daughter. He saw you with inheritance. He saw that before you were broken, before you were battered, before you stopped believing in yourself. What if we saw what God saw? He says this sing to the Lord, a new song. I believe it means that.

[00:19:55] The way that God announces the new thing is many times through our [00:20:00] new song. And when you start to sing your new song, you start to see your new thing. Paul and Silas are in prison. It’s dark, it’s midnight. It’s Dan it’s dusty. It’s stinky, it’s nasty, there’s garbage. There’s sewage. And what do they do?

[00:20:16] They sing to the Lord a new song. And in fact, as we just learned the word new is not new. It’s the renewed song. So. The new song in an old or the, the old song in a new way, the old song in a new place, no one ever had a worship service in a prison before, but once they had a worship service in a prison, they had a revival in a prison and they said to the jailer.

[00:20:41] Salvation has come to you and your household because when you sing your new song, you don’t just see your new thing, but you bring the new thing to people that have been in the old life. I wanna tell you, your new thing means new life to other people. Your new thing brings new light [00:21:00] in the darkness. Your new thing brings new hope to people that are hopeless.

[00:21:04] And most scholars believe that that jailer was about to kill himself. We are an epidemic in the earth today, especially with the younger generation of hopelessness and suicide and this generation, and this culture desperately needs the song of the Lord to come into the darkness, to come into the depression, to come into the DRES and sing the new song.

[00:21:37] There was a, a very famous song in Israel’s history and a lot of their worship surrounded the temple. And we know that that’s symbolic language for the church. The church becomes the temple of God and you are the temple of the holy spirit. And so as we read these stories, we realized that it’s a metaphor for us.

[00:21:59] And [00:22:00] so David had this dream of building God, a house. Resting place for his presence. And he brought the arc of the covenant back into Jerusalem. It was a huge day. You remember, he got dressed up special for the occasion. He danced around in his underwear. you remember that? Like that was a special day. You do that in your house and worship God, I don’t wanna see that.

[00:22:25] Cuz I’m a seer. All I’m saying is David sang a new song. And the Bible records, the words of that song, the day that the presence was brought back into the city and it, the song was the Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. And that song was a rehearsal of the goodness of God. Over the nation of Israel.

[00:22:50] Remember the arc of the covenant. It ha it contained articles. It contained the rod, the, the Aaron’s rod that butted, it changed the 10 commandments. It changed the Manda manna [00:23:00] and all these were like witnesses of the miracles that God did. And so the arc of the covenant contained what God did. And it was actually called the arc of the testimony, that word testimony it means to record and to repeat.

[00:23:17] So what literally they would do is that they carry the art. They would sing this song. The Lord is good. We’re recording. And his mercy endures forever and repeating. And when they did that, God would show up because the way he was in the past is the way he is in the future. But he’s go, he does it with greater glory.

[00:23:40] And so David taught this song to his song. Solomon Solomon built the temple and he put the arc of the covenant in place. It’s a beautiful story in second Chronicles, five through seven it’s in there and they sang this song, sing it with me. The Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever. They’re [00:24:00] remembering what God did to bring them out of slavery, into freedom.

[00:24:05] They’re remembering what God did to defeat their enemies before them. They’re remembering what God did to provide manana in the wilderness. And they’re saying, do it again, Lord, do it again. Lord. Do it again. Lord record. And. And so as they sang the song, the physical manifestation of the presence of God comes into the temple.

[00:24:27] The glory cloud fills the temple, the priest can’t stand, they worship God. And the presence of God comes. They can’t see, they can’t hear, they just, they’re just in the presence of God. Now we see this song again. When Nehemiah and Ezra rebuild the temple and they rededicate it, they sing this song. This is always a song that is sung in the presence of the arc and is accompanied by the glory of God.

[00:24:55] The cloud of God. It’s a manifestation of the goodness of God in the past [00:25:00] and the mercy of God for the future. And as they sing it, let’s say it again. The Lord is good and is mercy endorsed forever. Now there’s a very strange occurrence of this song. The old song. In a new way, the old song in a new place, the old song in a different time, sing to the Lord, a new song, and I will bring streams in the desert.

[00:25:25] I will make a way in the wilderness in second Chronicles, chapter 20, the king of Israel. JAAS fat is under attack by multiple nations and they’re standing at his doorstep and they’re ready to wage war on the nation of Israel and destroy them. And because of a prophetic word. And the word of the Lord came in in second Chronicles, 2020.

[00:25:49] And here’s what king Joha said, trust we’re in a battle right now, but trust in the Lord and you will be upheld trust in his prophets and you will have success. And I believe what that means is that the. [00:26:00] God has already given you what you need for the battle that you’re in trust, in what God has already spoken, and you will stand your ground.

[00:26:07] But God is about to give you a word for the battle that you’re gonna face, and you’re gonna take new territory. And I believe that’s one of the things that prophecy does for us is it helps us to stand on what God has already said. And it gives us a word that provides the way into the future because the battle you’re in is.

[00:26:25] Just so you stand your ground, but that you take the territory, God has called you to take. And so Joha that strategy is this, send out the appraisers, send out the tribe of Judah. And so they they’re sent out, but now what’s missing when they go to battle. The arc of the covenant, but they have the song.

[00:26:46] See, normally they would take the arc of the covenant outta the battle and they would sing. The Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever, and God defeated their enemies in the past. And he would defeat him again. But this time they have no arc, but they have the song. [00:27:00] Sing to the Lord, a new song and you’re gonna see a new thing.

[00:27:05] And so they began to sing, say it with me. The Lord is good and is mercy endures forever. And when they sing it, the Bible says that the armies that were against them start to break out against each other and the enemy defeats himself. It’s such a strange scripture. When you see like what would make them turn on one another.

[00:27:27] Until you recognize that the glory that gives clarity to God’s people. Brings confusion to the enemy. And I believe it’s possible that the same cloud that descended in Solomon’s temple came down on the battlefield and the enemy was so confused that they started to fight against each other because the Lord is good and his mercy endures forever.

[00:27:55] Say it with me. The Lord is good and is mercy indoors [00:28:00] forever. We’ve had battles in the past, but the Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever. And the Bible says that whenever the people of Israel came to where the battle was, they didn’t see the warriors or the enemies that were against them. What they saw was the defeat of their enemies, but then they saw something else.

[00:28:25] The Bible uses the word plunder. Everybody say the word plunder. It’s just one of those good words. I mean, I don’t know why, but it makes me feel like a pirate. When I say it, I, or gimme your plunder. And I just, it just makes it’s like one of those words, you kind of have to say it with Gusto. Like the Lord gave me a blessing.

[00:28:42] Nah, I plundered the enemy. I believe that God is saying that you’ve been in a battle, but you’re gonna plunder the. You’re gonna plunder the enemy. What’s the plunder. These enemies had gone from city to city, to city, stealing, killing, and destroying. And when they would [00:29:00] steal and kill and destroy a city, they would take the plunder, the gold, the silver, the wealth, and they would come to the next city.

[00:29:05] They weren’t smart enough to go back and put it in the bank. They just brought it with them and they plundered the next city and they didn’t go back and put that in their store room. They went to the next city and now they’re in a battle with God’s people and they’re carrying all the plunder from these other.

[00:29:20] And they did not know that God’s people have a secret weapon. It’s called the new song. It’s called praising in your prison. It’s called standing and seeing the salvation of God. And they heard the sound of the Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever and they probably chuckled, but then the, see this fog start to fall on the battlefield and they get confused and they hear the sound again.

[00:29:51] The Lord is good. Come on, stand with me to your feet and say it. The Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever. And the enemy’s [00:30:00] eyes start glazing over. Like I can’t, I can’t see my hand in front of my face and they still, all they can hear is God’s people saying, say it with me. The Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever.

[00:30:13] Now it’s. Thick they’re in the soup of it. And they feel people coming against them and they think that it’s the enemy attacking them, but it’s actually their comrade and they strike them down out of confusion because when God’s people worship in their warfare, the glory of God comes into their battlefield.

[00:30:34] Say it with me, the Lord. Good and his mercy indoors forever. Say it again. The Lord is good and his mercy indoors forever. And the battle you are in is not just for transition. It is for the generations because the enemy has been plundering. The church and God’s people, he plundered your grandparents, he plundered your parents, and now he comes to [00:31:00] you and say, I’m gonna steal and I’m gonna kill and I’m gonna destroy, but he doesn’t know you have a secret weapon.

[00:31:07] I got a new song. God’s doing a new thing. It’s not the same day as my grandfather’s day. It’s not the same day as my parents’ day. It is. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice. I will be glad in it. Say it with me. The Lord is good. And his mercy endures forever. And when that happens, you get back everything that was stolen from generations, you break every generational curse and every generational blessing is released.

[00:31:41] That’s why I want to tell you the transition that you’re in the transition we’re in as a nation, this battle that we’re. The Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. Lift your hands. Let’s sing it again. The Lord is good [00:32:00] and his mercy endures forever. Say it again. The Lord is good and his mercy endures forever.

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