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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, January 7, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
A new exodus for a people once again oppressed, as the Israelites had been as slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. They would cry to God, and again he would hear and deliver them. A new exodus would take place through a new wilderness. [Past miracles are nothing compared to what He will do] for his people in the future. (NLT)
Isaiah 43:18-21 – “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert! The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and ostriches, too, for giving them water in the wilderness. Yes, I will make springs in the desert, so that my chosen people can be refreshed. I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world. . . .”
Quoted verse: If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
“Story” – Robert Ganzert (North Carolina) titled his story “THE NEW IS HERE!” Here is a portion of Robert’s story:
“Each New Year is another chance to achieve what we have not yet achieved. This year I want to be a hard-working student and athlete. However, I sometimes worry that my past failures will affect my future. . . .
“Scripture tells us not to worry; we are a new creation. Relying on God’s word, I try to keep on track with my studies through continual review and listening closely to my teachers’ directions. In the same way, I keep up with my running through practice and mental discipline.
“I cannot realize these goals, however, apart from my focus on God. Doing what God wants is our main focus; our love for God motivates us to work hard to achieve our goals. Our purpose in everything we do is to glorify God. As we move into the future, we can rely on God no matter what happens in any New Year.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will not let the past take my focus away from God’s purpose for me.
Prayer: God of new beginnings, be with us during this New Year. Let our past failures drift away. Help us to enjoy new days in your presence. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO CANNOT LET GO OF PAST FAILURES
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