Embrace the New Year with Divine Power

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“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV).

As we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the dawn of a new one, we stand at a unique intersection–a juncture between the familiar past and an unknown future. The year that has just passed may have been a tapestry of varied experiences – moments of joy interspersed with periods of sorrow, instances of triumph overshadowed by trials, or a combination.

Regardless of our past year, as we step onto the threshold of this fresh year, we face opportunities to harness the divine power of God, to lean on His inexhaustible grace and mercy, and to embrace the promise of new beginnings that He offers.

The start of a new year is akin to standing on the edge of a vast ocean, its farthest reaches hidden by the horizon. The waters can be calm, inviting us to wade in leisurely, or they can be choppy and intimidating, challenging our resolve. But regardless of what lies ahead, we know we carry within us a divine spark. This spark, fueled by our faith, can light up the path before us, guide us through the most challenging storms, and lead us to the shores of our destiny.

This new year offers us a clean slate, an opportunity to write a new chapter in the book of our lives. It’s a moment of rebirth, a chance to redefine our goals, realign our priorities, and reignite our passions.

As we stand at the edge of this transformative journey, let us anchor ourselves in God’s word, His promises, and His unwavering love for us.

God wants to do new things for you.

Our guiding scripture for this transformative journey is from Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV), “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

These words, penned by the prophet Isaiah during his captivity in Babylon, resonate powerfully today. Isaiah’s circumstances were far from ideal, yet God gave him words brimming with hope and faith. Isaiah received God’s promise of renewal.

Regardless of how our last year ended, God’s words to Isaiah assure us He is ready to turn our situations around, from bad to good, good to great, and great to even better.

The essence of Isaiah’s message is the transformative power of faith in God’s ability to create anew. He turns our desolate wilderness into a fertile land and our dry wastelands into flowing streams. He uses our past, with all its mistakes and disappointments, as a springboard for a future filled with hope and promise.

As we embark on this new year, let’s earnestly seek God’s purpose and plan for us. Let’s invite Him into our lives, expecting His answers, even when they come in ways we least expect. Let’s start the year with a heartfelt prayer for divine guidance and strength for the journey ahead.

The Bible assures us that with God, we can always start anew. God is constantly at work within us, creating new life and possibilities. As we step into this new year, let’s embrace this truth. Let’s release our old fears, failures, and limitations, allowing God to shape us into the individuals He desires us to be.

Empower Your Year

Declare Isaiah 43:18-19 over your year. Let it be your theme verse, reminding you of God’s promise to create a way in your wilderness and streams in your wasteland.

Step into this new year with faith and expectancy, believing that this will be a year of divine favor, growth, and blessings.

We serve a God who can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and the mundane into the miraculous. Through His power, we can expect a year filled with promise and potential. Remember, God is creating a way. He is doing new things. Embrace this truth and let it guide you throughout the year.

Memory Work & Journaling

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV): “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Reflect on the “former things”

What are some of the experiences that you have been holding onto? Write about them and reflect on why you need to let go of these memories to embrace the new things God is doing in your life.

Identify your wilderness and wasteland:

In what areas of your life do you feel lost or in a drought? How can God’s promise of making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland apply to these situations?

Perceiving the new

Are there any new things springing up in your life that you may not have noticed? Spend some time in prayer and ask God to open your eyes to see these new things.

Embrace the new

Write about how you can actively embrace the new things that God is doing in your life. What steps can you take to take part in this new thing?

Transformative power of faith

Reflect on how your faith in God’s promises can transform your life. How has your faith shaped your past, and how can it shape your future?

A prayer for guidance

Write a prayer asking God for guidance and strength as you navigate this new year. Ask Him to help you forget the former things and not dwell on the past.

Declaration of faith

Based on Isaiah 43:18-19, write a declaration of faith that you can recite throughout the year. This declaration should remind you of God’s promise to do a new thing in your life.




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