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As we enter into the new year, one of the things we must do is to forget what is behind.

… but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead (Philippians 3:13).

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I think it is interesting that Paul says, “This one thing I do,” and yet, it is a two-part instruction, and vital as we move from one season to another. That’s especially so if this past season has been filled with challenges, chaos, and uncertainty. As this new year begins, God is continually bringing two scriptures to my mind: one is Philippians 3:13, and the other is Luke 24:5.

“Why seek ye the living among the dead?”

As we know, three days before these women had watched one of their trusted leaders sell Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver.  They stood by as one of their beloved disciples denied he even knew Jesus. They watched their Lord die on a cross as He cried out to the Father: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”  These were the things on their mind as they rushed into the tomb to bring spices to the buried. Yet, when they arrived, the tomb was empty. I can’t even imagine what they must have thought. Suddenly, they heard these eight words: “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”  In other words, “He lives!” With those words, their focus was redirected.

From death to life. From feelings of loss and betrayal to the impeccable Word of God. From current events to the truth of the promises of God. From deep grief to indescribable joy.

Yes, those eight words changed everything. We, too, must remember as we step into this new year: Don’t seek life among things that have passed. It’s time to let go of the disappointments of the past year and to remove ourselves from a place of hope deferred.

We will all face disappointments, but we mustn’t take up residence in that place. We must instead choose to move past them, from the land of hope deferred to a time of: … but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. God doesn’t want us to stop at disappointment, His Word says our hope will not be cut off. We must continue to believe His promises, regardless of what we’ve walked through in the previous year.

The second part of this instruction is to press forward to what lies ahead.

God says: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).

Regardless of what we endured in the last season, what disappointments it held; God has a plan. A good plan and a good future for us.  We have a hope, one that will not be cut off, for a good final outcome. God’s plan for us is not to live among the evil forever but to dwell in peace and welfare. Make no mistake, that is our God-given final outcome. If we choose to look toward the future with a lens of disappointment, we will have no hope.

We must press forward.  To what?  To our destiny in God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:28–29.)

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born, I sanctified you (Jeremiah 1:5.)

Before we were born, God knew us and called us into a destiny.  That doesn’t change when we go through a challenging season.  The gifts and callings of God, in our life, never change.  In the year ahead, may we do this “one thing.” To leave what is behind and press forward into our God-given destiny with courage and determination.

Share your prayer for the new year in the comments!

Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, in Charisma Magazine, and on Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the hearts of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, to impart hope. Her daily inspirational writings are available at ANewThingMinistries.com. Photo Credit: Ben White on Unsplash.

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Wiwal Rybak
January 1, 2024

Jeremiah 15:16 NASB1995
“Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.”

Psalm 16:11 NIV
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Father God, thank you for the power of your word, our steadfast anchor. You continue to be our way maker, our miracle worker, our promise keeper and our light in a darkened world. We truly thank you for Your mercy, love and peace You give to Your children in abundance. Praise Your holy name.

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W. Terry Moser
December 31, 2023

Thank you, Lord, that you have been opening the doors to bring much evil into the light. May that process of enlightenment continue and accelerate so that Revival, Restoration and Reformation can manifest in its fullness in 2024 according to your will. Yes and the amen.

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Anndre Dove
December 31, 2023

Thank you for writing this Kim. I was really touched. I had a lot of negativity and rejection in my life starting at birth, being adopted. For years the only way I saw life was through thinking everyone was against me and from offense, even if I didn’t consciencely know it. I still have a hard time understanding adoption by God. It was hard for me to understand God’s word, and faith. I was definitely in hope deferred. I am grabbing ahold of what God says. Abraham hoped against hope. The carrying out of the plan is with God. We cannot carry it alone. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Thank you Lord, you make all things new. God bless you Kim. Some of my 7 children have gone through some impossible things and need to hear this. They aren’t walking with the Lord and not nearby. Please everyone pray for them.❤️

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Carolyn Clutter
December 31, 2023

I was so blessed by this message. I woke up from a bad dream. And I called the devil a liar and then I read this message. My joy has been restored because I choose to believe what God has planned for my life. Amen.

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