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STRATEGISING FOR A NEW BEGINNING

Text: Psalms 77:14-15closePsalm 77:14-15 14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
15 You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah (ESV)
closePsalm 77:14-15closePsalm 77:14-15 14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
15 You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah (ESV)
14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
15 You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah (ESV)
; Isaiah 43:18-21closeIsaiah 43:18-21 18 “Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 43:18-21closeIsaiah 43:18-21 18 “Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise. (ESV)
18 “Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise. (ESV)

“Life’s winners accept that in trying, they may have to adjust and even start again and again.” (Bill FitzPatrick).

Introduction: What is a new beginning? It is putting an end to an undesirable event and introducing constructive changes that should lead to better results in whatever area of life you may have failed. It is moving from a sad past into a bright future, from the floor to the top, from the tail end to the forefront. But it does not just happen.

Every event is invented by someone; every thing that ever gets done is done by somebody. “For every house is builded by some man…” [Hebrews 3:4closeHebrews 3:4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) (ESV) closeHebrews 3:4closeHebrews 3:4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) (ESV) (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) (ESV) ]. If you want a new beginning, you must create it.

Whatever has existed in your life before now that looks like failure, set back, confusion, depression or oppression will only come to an end when you take steps to create a new beginning. Rather than struggling and fighting the present, focus your energy on creating the new.

Stop waiting!  Genesis 1:2-3, 31closeGenesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:31 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV) closeGenesis 1:2-3closeGenesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (ESV) The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:31closeGenesis 1:31 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV) 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV) says: “… The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…”

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