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.  


   Reading the Bible, you can easily get caught up in what God 
accomplished long ago. You think of the Red Sea parting and the Israelites 
crossing it on dry ground. You think of King Solomon with his vast 
wisdom. You think of the apostle John, sitting close enough to Jesus to 
see Him breathe, to look right into His eyes. Yes  but ... what 
about the mighty things He's doing in your life today? You may not see 
an ocean part, but think of the way He has made for you through 
impossible circumstances. You may not have the wisdom of Solomon, but think 
of the times when He gave you a cutting-edge insight at just the 
right moment. You may not see Jesus with your physical eyes, but you 
have God's own Spirit making His home within you. Today's Scripture 
reminds us that He's doing something new in your life, something mighty. 
Open your eyes to see it. 
   Lord, forgive me for thinking Your mighty works are in the 
past or imagining Your best plans for my life have already come and 
gone. Open my eyes to what You are doing in and around me this very 
day. Help me not to miss the stunning miracles taking place at work, 
at home, in my neighborhood, and in my city. [A Spectacle of Glory 
by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 

   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] 


Leave The Past Behind
   It's easy to say don't dwell on the past, but sometimes the 
past seems stubbornly present. You don't have to be stuck there. One 
thing you can do is tell your story to a trusted person who will 
listen and pray for you. Pray that the wounds of the past will heal 
rather than hold you back in the present. The Bible says, "Ask boldly, 
believingly, without a second thought" (James 1:6 MSG). 
   Another thing you can do is examine the ways the present is 
different from that painful past. Identify things that are different now, 
and thank God for them. Thank him for the good people in your life. 
Thank him for your church family or your small group. Thank him for 
the knowledge about how to be healthy that you have now. Thank him 
for the resources he's put in your life to help you change. Thank 
him for his love that never fails. He is with you now, delivering 
you from the prison of the past. 
   The past is past. Your future is in the hands of a loving 
God. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional] 

   Do not dwell on the past, beloved. You can learn from the 
past, but don't let it become your focus. You cannot undo things that 
have already occurred, no matter how much you may yearn to do so. 
Instead of wishing for the impossible, come to Me and pour out your 
heart. Remember that I am your Refuge; trust in Me at all times.  
   Reinforce your confidence in Me by saying frequently: "I 
trust You, Jesus." Uttering those four words can brighten your day 
immediately. Dark clouds of worry are blown away by simple, childlike trust. 
   I am doing a new thing! Be on the lookout for all that I am 
accomplishing in your life. Ask Me to open the eyes of your mind and heart so 
you can see the many opportunities I've placed along your path. 
Don't fall into such a routine that you see only the same old things - 
and miss the newness. Remember that I can make a way where there 
appears to be no way. With Me all things are possible! (Isa. 43:18, 19; 
Psa. 62:8; Mat. 19:26) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 

   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] 


Frozen in the Starting Block
   A runner jogs in place, warming up for the big race. He 
places his feet in the blocks, poised to shoot forward. He shakes one 
hand and then the other, getting loose before positioning his fingers 
on the track before him. He listens for the announcers words - 
Ready! Set! - and then the starting gun fires! The other competitors 
shoot forward, but he is frozen in his spot and can't move. He never 
even starts the race. What a tragedy that could be! 
   When we allow ourselves to be consumed with the past, it's 
like we're frozen in the blocks, unable to run our race in the 
present. I spent many years wishing my past had been different, going 
over it and over it in my mind. That rearview perspective kept me 
from living out my present and investing in my future. 
   The problem facing the frozen runner is pride. It's the 
reason many people never start the race and many others never finish. 
They are too proud to admit they need help. Instead, they rehearse 
the past, hoping to find a way to blame someone or something else 
for their trouble. 
   Letting pride keep us in denial is a costly exercise that 
shuts us out of the race. But God tells us that if we humbly bring our 
past to him, he will take our past and forgive it, renew it, and 
restore it. Then we can run our race to win! 
   Thank you, Father, for providing all that I need to move 
forward with my life. Poised with my feet in the blocks, I'll focus on 
you rather than my past. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery 
Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 


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Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE


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