This past Wednesday night we began a short series titled "Fresh Start". The new school year is here, actually our local schools started today. Some may hate or love it when the new school year begins. I for one always hated because I despised school my whole life including now, but that's not the topic at hand. Each year as students in school they have the opportunity to begin anew. In other words the previous year or years may have not went exactly like they wish they had. They may have made mistakes they wish they could take back. Their reputations may be of a different character than they want now. But with a new school year, you can decide to make a change. You can make a fresh start.
The scripture listed on the picture is Isaiah 43:19. This takes place while the Jews were in exile in Babylon. Years earlier they had been delivered out of slaver in Egypt and now they should not only live in that victory, but look ahead to future victories as well. They must look at the road that God would provide them in the wilderness. As this school year approaches there may be times in the wilderness, but we have to look ahead for the road that God is paving for us.
We took at look at Isaiah 6:1-8, which we also did earlier this year in one message of the Crazy Love series but this time we're taking a different focus. When Isaiah had the vision of God he realized his uncleanliness. He realized his sinned and desired change. The hot coal is a symbol of the purification that takes place when we confess our sins to God and turn to Him.
We spent the last several minutes of the night with the students scattered around the youth house in prayer. They had a note card to write on the answer to the following question: What would you change about yourself from the past school year?" We spent some time examining our hearts and writing the things that we want to release in order to move forward. I challenge you to do the same as well.