Finding Your Fresh Start

Isaiah 43:19 - God says, “For I’m about to do something new. I’ve already begun. Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” 
Isaiah 6:1-8 - “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces and two they covered their feet and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is filled with His glory.’ At the sound of their voices, the doorposts and thresholds shook, and the temple was filled with smoke. [This is Isaiah talking now.] ‘Woe to me,’ I cried, ‘I am ruined for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord almighty.’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it, he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ’Here am I. Send me.’” 

What area of your life right now feels a little dry and you need a fresh start?
    …relationship / …relationship with God / …habit that you want to break.
Where do you feel a little dry right now and you want a fresh start? 

1. IDENTIFY THE PAIN

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord.” 

Most significant fresh starts in somebody’s life appear following some significant pain. 

To help you identify the pain, I want to encourage you to ask this question: “Why? Why should I change?”

The question is, “Do you want a fresh start?”

2. recognize it’s all about God

“I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. And they were calling together, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is full of His glory.’” 

A fresh start happens because of God. God isn’t just one of the motivators for a fresh start. In Isaiah’s vision, he’s saying it’s all because of God. 

If it’s not all about God, it’s all about something.

The question is, “Is that something strong enough to give you the fresh start that you want?” 

3. REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT MYSELF

‘Woe to me,’ I cried, ‘I am ruined for I am a man of unclean lips…”

The question becomes, “Where is my heart?”

4. RELEASE THE PAST

“With it, he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’” 

God doesn’t want you or me to live with regrets. And because of that, He’s offered us this incredible gift called forgiveness. The good news is that since regrets are inevitable for all of us, forgiveness is available for all of us. 

So here’s the question, “What am I holding on to?”

5. SAY “YES!” TO GOD

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, [Here’s the fresh start] ‘Here am I. Send me.’” 

That’s saying yes to God! “Here am I! Send me! Send me to do Your work. Send me to do Your will. Send me to be Your person. Send me to be a man of God in my school. Send me to be a woman of God at my job. Send me to a fresh start.”

That’s the final question: When will I get started?