Raising a people of purpose


Isaiah 43: 18
The Word: Isaiah 43: 18 (KJV)

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Dig Deeper:
Isaiah 43: 19  

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Think about it


God himself asks us not to dwell on the former things in our reading today. There can be a strong temptation to dwell on the past. To have self pity because of a difficult past. You could even have been cheated in the past. But God’s word is saying for us to move into the new, we must leave the past. We may need the help of the Holy Spirit here. The past ties us down. But vision liberates us into the future.
A shortsighted person stays on the past. A wise person looks at the bigger picture.

God then said: ‘Behold I will do a new thing. It shall spring forth, I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert. A new thing to replace the losses of the past. That is our heart cry today….

DAY 9: NEW BEGINNING. Isaiah 43:18-19
•    Thank you Jesus for another day of prayer
•    Thank God for the strength to fast
•    Thank him for the grace to join this spiritual exercise of fasting
•    Father please do new things in my life
•    Father please plant my feet on higher ground 
•    Father please make a way in my wilderness and provide water in my desert
•    Lord please do the impossibility in my life
•    Father please bring out the best of my life and use it for your glory

The book recommended for prayer and fasting – Marilyn Hickey (is very, very good. You can see synopsis / pages on Amazon. Not expensive. Brief and direct and gives you biblical reasons to fast and pray, the benefits, the health implications, different kinds of fasting and how you can develop a consistent fasting life. Hugely recommended for everyone)

Prayer focus:  Lord let a new beginning happen in my life IJN

On Prayer: The power of prayer and fasting – 21 days that can change your life – Marilyn Hickey
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