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Clean Lens for 2016

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It’s day 1 of 2016! And praise God for He is making things new! Thank God for giving me a theme verse for the year, as well. This shall be mybattle cry, even if frustrating moments come: that God is making all things new. Therefore hope in Him and in His tender mercies that are new every morning! I love The Message translation’s version of this verse, for it begins with a recital of remembrance of who the Lord is, and what He has done:

This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies— they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’ —the coyotes and the buzzards— Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sun-baked earth, Drinking water for the people I chose, the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me.
– Isaiah 43:16-21 MSG

I meditated further on this, and wrote the following in my new quiet time journal, which I will be taking photos of, if I want to blog some revelations.

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Interestingly, what I wrote lines up with this morning’s entry in Jesus Calling Morning and Evening Devo…

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…as well as something that caught my attention in this book that I downloaded last night, as I felt it fitting for the start of 2016:

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“The present is always fresh. There is always a new choice to make, and you are always creating your life again. No matter what has happened in the past—whatever habits you have developed, however deeply ingrained are your patterns of behavior—there is always scope for you to choose a new response.”

Each of us is given the opportunity to change, and it should not be missed or taken for granted. God wants to do a new thing in your life, and that begins with releasing the past. Choosing to overcome the past is a destiny-altering decision. For those who are willing to release the pain of guilt or shame, abuse or abandonment, betrayal or rejection, transformation awaits."

No more chasing yesterday, no more having my own way. I surrender yield deeper to Jesus, casting down the vain imaginations, thoughts that are not from Him and are contrary to His nature of love, peace, joy, hope, faith, holiness and righteousness – all summed up in one word: Grace. A deeper yield (surrender, trust, rest in the Lord) in 2016, right? Because a greater yield (harvest, fruits) awaits.

The realities of today though are some frustrating irritants. Perhaps I need to be reminded that I do not have control of others really. But I can choose my response. Hence I choose to cast down these negativities, captive to the obedience of Christ. Oh I pray for God to cleanse the lens of my heart, through which I see Him and the things He is doing.

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Abba Father, allow me to start the year right. Search and know my heart, create in me a pure heart and a right spirit. Transform me daily by the renewing of my mind as I immerse myself in more of You and Your word. O Lord, for I want to see You and perceive the things that You are making new. In so doing, You enable my heart to always be in awe and wonder of You and Your ways, O Lord.

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