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RiverLife Weekly #37: Fresh Start In A New Year

What changes on the first day of the New Year besides the date? What does God have in store for me in the new year? Let’s look at how we can have a Fresh Start in a New Year.

1. Shift Your Focus - Stop Looking Behind

If we want a fresh start, we can't dwell in the past. Otherwise, we’ll miss what God is doing today. Stop looking behind means:

Avoid allowing past failures to paralyse us. We may have had a financial, relational or moral failure.

Choose to forgive and let go of any bitterness or resentment. We need to put painful experiences behind. Until we are free, we will be stuck in the past.

When we become God’s and come under His lordship, the old life is over. God makes things new (Psalm 32:5). Christ came to set us free, if we will let Him.

Avoid depending on past victories to sustain us. Going forward also means not resting on past laurels or relying on ways of doing things that have been successful in the past. That was then and this is now. God is a Creator. He’s about to do something better!

We need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit, a new victory for each new day.

2. Clarify Your Purpose - Start Looking Ahead

A new start is possible because God has a future in store for us (Isaiah 43:19). God’s purpose is to reconcile humanity to Himself, and He continues to work this out in new ways. Ask God for greater revelation of His purpose and flow with Him. Start looking ahead means:

Look forward to the new things God has for us. God's doing something new in our midst, which we can perceive if we open our eyes and ears to see and hear what He’s doing. God has done a new thing this morning. He has given us new breath. He has given us new mercies and compassions.

See possibilities as God sees them. This New Year can be a watershed year in your life. God will make a way in seemingly impossible situations. Let Him do a new thing in your heart, your home, your marriage, your job or your school. The new path that God creates for us will write a new chapter in our journey of faith.

Perhaps you have regrets over some unwise choices you made in the past year. You can start making different choices – the right ones – and say no to habits that have trapped you.

I encourage you to seek a new vision and desire for what matters to God. Allow God to direct your life. God's desire is to renew, revive and restore His people, and fulfil His plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Rejoice and take heart, for God is with you!

 

Pastor Ben KC Lee

What changes on the first day of the New Year besides the date? What does God have in store for me in the new year? Let’s look at how we can have a Fresh Start in a New Year.

1. Shift Your Focus - Stop Looking Behind

If we want a fresh start, we can't dwell in the past. Otherwise, we’ll miss what God is doing today. Stop looking behind means:

Avoid allowing past failures to paralyse us. We may have had a financial, relational or moral failure.

Choose to forgive and let go of any bitterness or resentment. We need to put painful experiences behind. Until we are free, we will be stuck in the past.

When we become God’s and come under His lordship, the old life is over. God makes things new (Psalm 32:5). Christ came to set us free, if we will let Him.

Avoid depending on past victories to sustain us. Going forward also means not resting on past laurels or relying on ways of doing things that have been successful in the past. That was then and this is now. God is a Creator. He’s about to do something better!

We need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit, a new victory for each new day.

2. Clarify Your Purpose - Start Looking Ahead

A new start is possible because God has a future in store for us (Isaiah 43:19). God’s purpose is to reconcile humanity to Himself, and He continues to work this out in new ways. Ask God for greater revelation of His purpose and flow with Him. Start looking ahead means:

Look forward to the new things God has for us. God's doing something new in our midst, which we can perceive if we open our eyes and ears to see and hear what He’s doing. God has done a new thing this morning. He has given us new breath. He has given us new mercies and compassions.

See possibilities as God sees them. This New Year can be a watershed year in your life. God will make a way in seemingly impossible situations. Let Him do a new thing in your heart, your home, your marriage, your job or your school. The new path that God creates for us will write a new chapter in our journey of faith.

Perhaps you have regrets over some unwise choices you made in the past year. You can start making different choices – the right ones – and say no to habits that have trapped you.

I encourage you to seek a new vision and desire for what matters to God. Allow God to direct your life. God's desire is to renew, revive and restore His people, and fulfil His plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Rejoice and take heart, for God is with you!

 

Pastor Ben KC Lee

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December 29, 2020

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Pastor Ben KC Lee
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