JUNE 29
                    NEW THINGS 
 
Throughout the pages of scripture, new things were frequently revealed in the wilderness. 
 
  -In the pit in the wilderness, Joseph began a journey that would take him to his destiny. 
 
  -Moses received a new opportunity to fulfill destiny as he stood by a burning bush in the      wilderness. 
 
  -Tired and discouraged, the Prophet Elijah retreated to the wilderness wanting to die.        Instead, he received strength and encouragement and a new mandate of ministry. 
 
  -John the Baptist grew up in the wilderness, being prepared to make the way for one    greater than he--the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. 
 
  -Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness before beginning His earthly ministry. 
 
  -The Apostle Paul withdrew to the desert to prepare for a new ministry--he would  reach    the Gentile nations of the world. 
 
  -Exiled on lonely Patmos, John received a new revelation of the end-times unparalleled    before or since. 
 
Through the Prophet Isaiah, God promised: 
 
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.  (Isaiah 43:18) 
 
Right there in the midst of your difficulties--in the neediness of your desert experience, God wants to do new things in your life.  He will make a way for you, and it won't be a dry, desolate path.  It will be a path that will stretch beside "rivers in the desert."  
 
A new destiny, a new refreshment, a new revelation.  What new thing does God want to do in your desert? 
 
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.  (Isaiah 42:9) 
 
 
 
 

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