W e l c o m e January!
It’s 2018–A brand new year with pages and pages waiting to be filled.
As I laid in my bed the other night, thinking and talking to the Lord, I felt that the Holy Spirit said two specific things to me:
- Live in the new place He’s taking you.
- Let Him write the next page.
In my world, 2018 already has some new things taking place. I have experienced some new “land”… some new territory that the Lord is asking me to walk on. He has asked me to change some of my mindsets that aren’t helping me, but have been hindering me.
A L R E A D Y , He is asking of me: a Deeper trust and a breaking out of my comfort zones.
He is F A I T H F U L.
…and that is really what we need to sink our teeth into, as we begin this new year. No matter what this year holds, He is holding it and our job is to trust and listen to what He is saying to us.
Point 1: Live in the new place He’s taking you.
No matter how uncertain or shaky the ground you’re standing on right now, “live in the new place He’s taking you”. God is always doing something new. Certain seasons we perceive it more than others, but when we are looking to Him to lead our lives, He is always taking us somewhere. Live There. Flow from there. Hope in that place…where God is leading.
The thing that stood out to me, in the image above, was truly the second part:
“And it looks nothing like your past.”
Matthew 9:17 says, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”
& in Mark 2:22, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”
Let’s step into the “New” that God has for us, L E A V I N G THE PAST B E H I N D US.
We cannot truly move forward, if we are still holding on to the past. Be it, in our memories, our mindsets, our decision making, what we think about others, ourselves, and God. New is New. New wine for New wineskins. God clears the path and equips us with what we need.
Point 2. Let Him write the next page.
And this is where new levels of trust are requested. When we are wrestling with doubt and fear, we have to hold to the promises God has given us in His word. There are SO Many promises, promises of “good, and not to harm us” (Jeremiah 29:11). We take the Lord at His word, and He meets us every step. If we ask for His leadership, He will “write the next page”.
How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.
As this new year unfolds, let’s hold on to that promise, along with hundreds of others in God’s word. Let’s “hold on tightly to what is good.” (Rom. 12:9)
In this new year, let’s trust God to unfold His destiny, writing our stories.