A Fresh Start

by | Jan 17, 2011 | Spirit-Led Living

What happens in our hearts and minds as we stand at the
threshold of a new year is amazing. It’s as if we’ve been given a fresh new
canvas on which to paint—a blank page—that provides us with a new, unblemished
beginning in life. Suddenly we are inspired; our priorities and values become
crystal clear.

We know where we are going and what we want to accomplish.
We create a plan to get there and resolve not to fail (because THIS time we’ve
worked out the kinks in our plan, and the improved strategy is infallible). Our
valiant, newfound sense of determination, inspiration and desire appears as often
as January itself, an ever-faithful companion of each new year.

But let’s be honest: Its not really January that brings this
new impetus as much as it is the mind-set that accompanies it. There is
something invigorating about the idea of a new beginning that causes an
awakening in our souls. Somehow all the mistakes and struggles of the past
become diminished when we look ahead at a bright and untouched “clean slate.”
No matter what we have done or gone through, we dare to open up the sails of
our hearts, allowing a fresh wind of purpose to fill us and send us forward
into all that life has. In other words, the release from the past gives us
courage to face tomorrow.

Perhaps that’s why God gave the people of Israel two New
Year’s celebrations. The first one was the physical new year, which, much like
our own began with the first day of the first month of the calendar year. For
Israel this was in the spring, the season of newness. 

In the seventh month, however, they were given another new
year. The celebration, held on the first day of the month of Tishri,
represented their spiritual new year and was called “Rosh Hashanna,” or Feasts
of Trumpets. It was instituted for the purpose of giving them a fresh start.

During the celebration a trumpet would sound, and all of
Israel was awakened and summoned to a new level. Then came a call for
repentance, followed by the declaration of God’s covenant and His promises to
Israel. Afterward the trumpet was blown again as a war cry to their enemies.

At this point the people of Israel would declare their
victory in God and then prepare for a new wind of refreshing. They positioned
themselves for such an experience because they had been taught to believe it
would accompany every new year, which was a commemoration of the day on which
God had first created man and breathed into him His own divine breath, making
man a living soul.  

This January as you take inventory of your life—with all
your successes and failures—and make goals for the future, remember that God is
the same yesterday, today and forever (see Heb. 13:8). If He gave new
beginnings to the stubborn people of Israel, imagine what He will do for you!

Those of us who are in Christ, however, do not have to wait
until the first of the new year to have a fresh start; we can have one every
day of every month! The Bible tells us that God’s compassions are new EVERY
morning (see Lam. 3:22-23). God will breathe His divine, life-giving breath
into our tired and weary souls, refreshing us and raising us up to the next
level of victorious living.

So today, on your “new year,” He will sound the trumpet for
you, declaring you to be victorious over all that tries to defeat you,
reminding you of His glorious covenant to you because you are His child, and
declaring that the accusing voice of the enemy has already been silenced! As
the apostle Paul told the Corinthians, “God says, ‘At just the right time, I
heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, God is ready to help
you right now. TODAY is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2, NASB, emphasis
added).   

The canvas is clean, and it’s time for a fresh new start!
Why not avail yourself of God’s mercy, compassion and aid right now, and find
His direction for the coming year?

PRAYER POWER WEEK OF 1/17/2011

Thank God every day this week for a clean canvas and a fresh
start.  Ask Him to direct you in
His purpose each day and allow His joy to be your strength.  Approach your prayer time with faith
and courage as you pray for global revival. Continue to pray for wisdom and
protection for our president and all of our nation’s leaders. Pray for those
recovering from the vicious shooting in Arizona and remember those who lost
loved ones in that event. Ask Him to turn that which was meant for evil into
good. Pray for unity among Christians to work together to expand His kingdom
and be part of the solution and not part of the problem. (2 Cor. 6:2; Lam.
3:22-23)

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Raise Your Praise!

Raise Your Praise!

These are the days that may leave you feeling defeated. You may be wondering when these present trials will end or how can you strengthen your faith for the battle as you wrestle against powers and principalities that come against you, in addition to the challenges...

7 Elements Needed for Revival That Will Usher in Reformation

7 Elements Needed for Revival That Will Usher in Reformation

Read Time: 1 Minute 9 Seconds What will turn the nations around? What will restore the world to sanity? There have been revivals from Old Testament times up through the year 2000. Today we need both a revival and a reformation. Here are 7 elements needed to usher in...

Messianic Rabbi: The Blessing of Esau Brings Freedom

Messianic Rabbi: The Blessing of Esau Brings Freedom

Read Time: 4 Minutes 55 Seconds Growing up in synagogue, I was taught about the heroes of the Bible: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon and Samson. When I became a believer in Yeshua, the writings of the New Testament new heroes were added to the...

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Read Time: 4 Minutes, 27 Seconds From the very first tent stake we drove into California soil, until now, there has only been one dream. And, after two years, that dream came true in Roseville. Roseville is the victory we have yearned for. It confirms that an era of...

God’s Strategy for His End-Times Church

God’s Strategy for His End-Times Church

Read Time: 2 Minutes 23 Seconds In this webinar, Grant Berry discussed the strategy the Lord is releasing for His end-time plans to reform His Ekklesia/church. God is revealing different focuses of this strategy to various parts of the body, especially as it relates...

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

Read Time: 5 Minutes, 2 Seconds A river is a source of life. As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Jesus told His disciples that if we believe in Him, "rivers of living water" will flow out from within us, from our hearts. "Anyone who believes in me may...

RECENT ARTICLES

Chris Reed Shares Prophetic Word on the Future of China’s Xi Jinping

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEKEaNqZydk Read Time: 1 minute 20 seconds Unprecedented mass protests are unfolding right now across China. The country is seeing the largest pushback in decades,...
Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: Trust That He is There

Cindy Jacobs Prophesies: Trust That He is There

Read Time: 2 Minutes 42 Seconds It’s very interesting how the Holy Spirit will use things that you’re going through to not only prophesy to you, but also to prophesy over the body of Christ. In listening to other people and hearing what’s been coming out of their...

Have We Departed From the  Simplicity of Christ?

Have We Departed From the Simplicity of Christ?

Recently I heard a pastor say the following: "When I was pastoring and saw little fruit, I began to call those with potential to reach others for Christ to our home and to mentor them one on one. That's where massive growth happened in the people." Local pastors and...

Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Joyce Meyer: Becoming a Prisoner of Hope

Read Time: 3 Minutes 56 Seconds God is good. And He has a good plan for each of our lives. No matter what may be going on right now, God’s plan is unfolding. In the meantime, Romans 12:12 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,”...

Pin It on Pinterest