Isaiah 43:18, 19 - A Fresh Beginning

Isaiah 43:18, 19 - A Fresh Beginning.

Isaiah 43:18, 19 (NKJV) "Do not remember the former things, Nor 
consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall 
spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the 
wilderness And rivers in the desert.  


   God uses events in our lives to shape us, to teach us, to 
grow us - and some of the key events are those sparked by sin (our 
own or someone sinning against us), by our missteps, by our 
confusion. Memories of the past, therefore, can too easily feel like 
shackles holding us to failures, regrets, ignorance, foolishness, and 
   However, God doesn't want us bound to our past. When God 
saves us from the death we deserve for our sin, He frees us from the 
guilt and shame of our former life as well. He gives us a fresh 
beginning. He frees us to receive every good thing He wants to give us. If 
your past feels like a wilderness, know that God wants to make a road 
through it, perhaps to help you navigate the difficult years and salvage 
the good.  
   If your past feels like a desertland of death, know that God 
will make rivers of redemption flow as He brings beauty out of ashes. 
Embrace the fresh beginning God wants to give you. [Being Still With God 
Every Day by Henry Blackaby] 


   Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! As you 
begin a fresh year, rejoice that I am continually working newness into 
your life. Don't let recent disappointments and failures define you 
or dampen your expectations. This is the time to make a fresh 
start! I am a God of unlimited creativity; expect Me to do surprising 
things in this year that stretches out before you.  
   Today is a precious gift. The present moment is where I meet 
with you, beloved. So seek My Face throughout this day that I have 
made. I have carefully prepared it for you - with tender attention to 
every detail. I want you to rejoice and be glad in it.  
   Search for signs of My loving Presence as you journey along 
the path of Life. Look for the little pleasures I have strewn 
alongside your pathway - sometimes in surprising places - and thank Me for 
each one. Your thankfulness will keep you close to Me and help you 
find Joy in your journey. (Isa. 43:18, 19; Psa. 118:24; 16:11) [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 


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