THEME: A NEW BEGINNING
“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.”
-Most often than not we learn from our past experiences. We judge some experiences as pleasant and others as painful, disappointing and difficult. Instead of always looking at our rear view mirror, we should focus our eyes on what new God has in store for us. Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:12 focused the future saying that, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” We are called to always trust in the Lord and believe that He is doing a new thing in our lives, families, nation and world, and hope in Him. Hope that God has brought to an end our troubles, fears, adversities including COVID-19 and has given us a new beginning. Given the fact that God is Sovereign, nothing is impossible with Him, let us press on our faith in Him so that we may lay hold of what He has in store for us. His will is perfect and He has good plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Despite our trials, we are called to put our faith in Christ and trust in Him, for He is making a way for us in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. We shall keep in perfect peace for our minds are steadfast and we trust in the Lord (Isaiah 26:3).
God cautioned the Israelites from dwelling on their past experiences including; their captive experiences in Egypt and Babylon, but to focus on the blessings that will follow them. He gave them signs of the coming Messiah and spoke to them through prophets, for they were destined to obtain an eternal blessing. These signs include; the instructions to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Nehemiah rebuilding the temple and its walls which symbolized salvation and the indwelling on the Holy Spirit and many others. Through Nehemiah’s experience, we are called to rebuild our temples where the Holy Spirit dwells which are our bodies through following His will, reading, watching and listening to the things that only yield a good report. Praying, fasting, praising and giving thanks to God through faith, that He hears us and He will answer us according to His will. Like the prodigal son, we are called to evaluate our lives and come back to God with repentant hearts, and we will receive His mercy and grace to help us in times of need. Christ has made us a new creation through His redemption and the old has passes away and the new has come. We should then sing a new song to the Lord for we have obtained victory in Him and nothing can separate us from His love. Let us then forget the old and focus on the new, for God is making a way for us where there seems to be no way. God deserves all the glory and praise for He has been good to us and has made all things new according to His gracious blessings.
You are our God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness and have not forsaken us, have mercy on us Lord, forgive us our trespasses and cover us with Your precious blood. Thank You for assuring us that Your love for us is everlasting. We love You Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and our neighbors as ourselves. Thank You for taking the tide of COVID-19 away from the face of the earth, all glory and power belongs to You Lord. Thank You for Your merciful love upon us and for granting us the gift of salvation. Increase our faith in You and grant us wisdom so that we may not look back like Lot’s wife who turned into a pillar of salt but to look to You, Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. You Jesus Christ are sited at the right hand of the throne of God in glory and only You deserve all glory and salvation, we put all our trust in You. Bless us Lord and keep us, make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. Lift up Your countenance upon us Lord and give us peace. Amen
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