Weekly Devotionals – 11 July 2022

This past weekend I was able to join a church gathering as they celebrated their 40th year anniversary. Several ministers shared thoughts and reflections concerning this church in their 40 years journey as a congregation. The phrase “The Best is Yet to Come” was mentioned by every one of the speakers. In listening to the various exhortations I could not help but find similarities to what God is speaking to Lighthouse Evangelism. “The Best is Yet to Come” is not an unfamiliar term to Lighthouse. It has been stated on numerous occasions over the past few weeks. Do you believe this to be true?
The opening verse (Isaiah 43:19) has four points that aid in our understanding of this reality. Let’s take this oft-quoted verse and discover some key insights that will heighten our expectations for the greater things to come.
Behold, I will do a New Thing
Do you recall when Jesus shared with his disciples that there would come a time when they would do greater things (John 14:12)? Are you also aware of the promises to the church of the last days where it is said that they will experience a greater glory (Haggai 2:9)? The Apostle Paul spoke of things beyond imagination that will come to those who love Him with all their hearts (1 Corinthians 2:9). These things have yet to take place. Do you sense that God is about to do something new and fresh in the church?
Now it Shall Spring Forth
There is an awareness that we are drawing closer to the end times. If this is true we can expect some significant outpourings of the Holy Spirit. In listening to the testimonies of the ministers at the 40 year church anniversary function, I came to the conclusion that the New Thing that God is about to do is at hand. Do you sense it? Do you feel faith arising in your heart? Do not let the enemy succeed in his attempts to discourage or distract you from what God is doing today. Now is the time!
Shall ye not know it?
The tribe of Issachar had an anointing in being able to know the times and seasons of the Lord (1 Chronicles 12:32). How can we safely grow in this needed area of discernment? The recent 40 year anniversary function reminded me of Lighthouse in 2018 when it celebrated its 40th year as a church. Many things shared this past weekend about this local church reminded me of things spoken over Lighthouse in 2018. Each and every time I heard the expression “The Best is Yet to Come”, mentioned by the ministers, the more i am convinced that we are close to something new in the Spirit. God is speaking and reinforcing His promises in varied ways. Are we hearing what the Spirit is speaking and are we preparing for what is to come?
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2:29).
I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert
God is able to make a way even when there is no way. The new thing God is about to do will far exceed anything we have seen before. God always saves the best for last (John 2:10). God was able to make a way through the Red Sea in the days of Moses (Exodus 14:13). God was able to provide for the needs of his servants, even in the midst of drought and barrenness (1 Kings 17:4, Psalm 37:25).
What about you? What is the miracle that you need in your life? Perhaps there is an impossible financial situation you are dealing with or a family matter that seems impossible to resolve. Whatever the difficulty, the Bible reminds us to forget about the former things and not to dwell on the past (Psalm 43:18). God is doing a New Thing! Let the phrase “The Best is Yet to Come” apprehend you. Look to the Lord to see His promises fulfilled in your life and to believe for the better things for the worldwide church.

Monday: John 2:10
And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

Tuesday: Haggai 2:9
The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

Wednesday: 2 Kings 2:9
And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”

Thursday: John 14:12
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Friday: Matthew 9:17
Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Saturday: Joel 2:23
Be glad then, you children of Zion,
And rejoice in the LORD your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will cause the rain to come down for you—
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.

Sunday: 1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

All scriptures are quoted from the New King James Version (NKJV).
By Pastor Tim O’Connell