“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert…”
(Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP)


January 1st ushers in a brand-new year, afresh with lofty ambitions, hopes and dreams. The troubles of the year just past fade away. With pen in hand or computer keyboard under our fingertips, we excitedly write down our “New Year’s resolutions, believing that this year is going to be better than the last.

God’s admonition to His chosen people, Israel, is a good reminder to the Church today, especially at the start of a New Year. Whether the year before was good or bad, let’s take whatever lessons can be learned and move on. Dwelling on the past hinders our full participation in the future.

There’s something much better than New Year’s resolutions, and that’s the Word of God. Make your most important “resolution” this year to spend quality time, meditating the Scriptures. God’s promise to do a new thing in each of our lives will come to pass as we draw close to Him.

Don’t worry that it looks impossible—with God all things are possible to him who believes. As God spoke to Israel, He is the God who puts a road in the wilderness, who makes a way where there seems to be no way. And, if you feel you lack in some area…that you don’t have what it takes, know this: He is the God who creates rivers in the desert and supplies all that you need.

Have a happy and blessed New Year!


Lord, I pray that You will speak into my life Your good plans and purposes for this new year. I thank You for the blessings and I let go of the troubles of last year. By faith, I receive the new thing that You are doing in my life and trust You to bring it to pass. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, The Law of Confession. To order this powerful, must-read book, click here. Discover how the words you speak produce either good or evil and will determine your destiny and affect everything around you.