Let’s Soar in 2024
Isaiah 40: 29-31
Intro: This is a very familiar passage but I think it holds a very relevant message for all of us as we begin a brand new year.
I know that entering a New Year does not change everything in life.
If you were sick on Dec 31 you were probably still sick on Jan 1.
If you were having trouble with a relationship on Dec. 31 it probably hasn’t resolved just because a new year started.
If you were struggling financially; if you were going through a difficult time; if you were discouraged; or whatever else you might have been experiencing on the last day of 2023 you are probably facing those same issues here in 2024.
So- starting a new year and opening a new calendar doesn’t automatically clear away all the troubles of life.
BUT- starting a new year and a new calendar gives all of us an opportunity to DO BETTER; to make changes that need to be made in our lives; to get a new perspective and get a second wind, a new energy, to move forward in the new year.
So, Isaiah wrote the words of God and told us the following important truths:
- God is Everlasting (he will never die or cease to exist)
- God is the Creator of all things even to the end of the earth.
- God never becomes weary and never faints; there is nothing that he doesn’t know and understand.
AND- This eternal, powerful God Gives Power to Humble Human Beings!
God gives Power to those who are Weak and Fainting.
God gives Strength to those who are Weary and Failing.
- No person and no age group is exempted from the condition of being Faint and Weary and Weak; even young people will be Weary; will Faint; will Fail.
But All who will Wait on the Lord (all those who will Look to the Lord for their help; all those who will Reach out to the Lord for help; all those who will Patiently Wait for the Lord to answer and to act) Those will have their Strength renewed; Those will Mount up with Wings like Eagles; They will SOAR Like Eagles in the Bright Blue Sky!
They will Continue to Run the Race of Life and will not be Weary.
They will Continue to Walk through Life and not Faint.
What a Glorious Passage!
What Great Promises!
This passage is for US! These truths are for YOU!
If you are feeling Weary Spiritually, I have good news for you; if you will Look to the Lord Patiently and Faithfully- He will Renew Your Strength.
If you are Fainting Spiritually and feel like you have Failed I have good news for you; If you will Look to the Lord Patiently and Faithfully- He will Lift You Up and You Will Soar like an Eagle.
Let’s Soar in 2024!
1) Let’s Soar over our Doubts in 2024.
Have you been beset with doubts like John the Baptist?
Has life’s circumstances caused you wonder if God is Real; if God really does have all Power; if God really Cares about You.
That’s the way John felt. But when he Waited on the Lord, he received encouragement and strength his Doubts faded away as he Soared in Faith.
Have you been beset with Doubts like Thomas?
Have the circumstances of life caused you to wonder if Jesus is really alive and if the Word of God is really true?
That’s the way Thomas felt. But when he Came and Met the Lord again all of his Doubts faded away and He Soared above them in Faith.
You need to Soar above your doubts in 2024.
2) Let’s Soar over our Discouragement in 2024.
Have you been discouraged like Elijah?
Have your situations overwhelmed your Mind? Overwhelmed your Feelings? Caused you to feel Down, to feel Defeated?
That’s the way Elijah felt. BUT when he made his journey to the Mount of God and waited patiently for God to speak to him, He was Lifted Up by the Presence of God; he was Lifted Up by the Promises of God; His discouragement faded away and He Soared above it in Confidence and Hope.
You need to Soar above your Discouragement in 2024!
3) Let’s Soar over our Defeat in 2024.
Have you been defeated like Peter and felt like a total failure?
That’s the way Peter felt. He had denied the Lord after Boasting about how Faithful and Courageous he was. Now he felt so Defeated and like such a Failure. BUT when he got alone and Prayed it through, he found Forgiveness and Grace. Jesus came to him personally and renewed his Courage and his Purpose in life.
Did you fail in some of your decisions in 2023?
Did you fail to keep some of your promises to God?
Did you fail to maintain your Christian convictions and testimony?
Did you deny the Lord by some of your actions?
Well- you need to humble yourself and seek the Lord’s forgiveness. Then you can Soar above your Defeat and Fly high in Victory.
God told Israel in Exodus 19 that He had Borne them up on Eagle’s Wings and had Brought them to himself. When you don’t feel like you have Eagle’s wings- God still does! And he will Bear you up on His Wings until you get your Wings.
David said in Psalm 103:5 that God will Satisfy us with Good things and Renew our Youth like the Eagle’s.
Let’s Soar in 2024!
Soar over your Doubts; Soar over your Discouragement; Soar over your Defeats.
Bro. Dwain Galiher
Pastor of JHPC