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New beginning of a flourishing future

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.  Isa 43: 18-19 (NIV)

 

As we start new year, our hearts resonate with the divine promise found in Isaiah 43:18-19: "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." 


In these words, we find the theme that will guide our journey in the coming days: "flourishing." It's a word pregnant with hope, an invitation to embrace the newness and refreshing God is ushering into our lives—the “streams” watering the lands of our lives into a flourishing garden. 

As we step into this uncharted territory of the new year, let's reflect on the significance of flourishing in our spiritual walk. Flourishing is not merely about material abundance or worldly success; it's a profound sense of growth, joy, and fulfillment in every aspect of our being. It's about thriving in our relationship with God and allowing His transformative power to manifest in our lives. 


The call to "forget the former things" is not an encouragement to erase memories but an exhortation to release the burdens of the past. God invites us to let go of regrets, disappointments, and missed opportunities, knowing that He is orchestrating a new chapter. The streams can wash away the mistakes of yesterday; and carry in the divine grace to create something beautiful. 


Embracing the "new thing" God is doing requires a willingness to surrender our plans and expectations. It demands that we open our hearts to divine surprises and trust that His ways are higher than our ways. As we yield to God's leading, we position ourselves to witness miracles, breakthroughs, and unexpected blessings that contribute to our flourishing. 

In the wilderness of uncertainty and the wasteland of challenges, God promises to make a way and provide streams of refreshment. This assurance is not based on our strength or ability but on God's faithfulness. It's an open invitation to draw closer to Him, recognizing that our flourishing is intricately connected to our proximity to the source of life. 


As we embark on this journey of flourishing in the new year, let's prioritize drawing closer to God through prayer, worship, and the study of His Word. Let the scriptures be our compass, guiding us through. Let prayer be our lifeline, connecting us to the source of strength and wisdom. Let worship be our response, acknowledging God's sovereignty and expressing gratitude for His unfailing love. 


Flourishing is not a solitary endeavor; it's a communal experience. Let's encourage one another in the faith, spurring each other on towards love and good deeds. 

As we stand at the dawn of this new year, let the theme of flourishing resonate in our hearts. Let's eagerly anticipate the "new thing" God is doing and embrace it with open hearts. May our lives be a testimony to the transformative power of God, and may this year be marked by unprecedented growth, joy, and fulfillment in Him. 


May we flourish indeed, bringing glory to the One who makes all things new. Amen.


       Song of Worship  

 New Level, Song by Sinach 

 

Prayer - Dear God, as I enter a new year, guide me to embrace the journey before me. Grant me the courage to break free from the past, trusting in Your transformative power. In the face of challenges, let my faith be unwavering, knowing You make a way in the wilderness. Lead me into flourishing future you have for me, where Your blessings abound. In Jesus Name. Amen

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