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“I am the vine and you are the branches.” (John 15:5) One day I was meditating and thinking about this verse. And I wondered to myself, why did Jesus use vines and branches to describe what our relationship with Him should be like? There are many different reasons I have heard and seen that answered this question, but what stood out to me was that Google said vines help the environment by “reducing the number of dead leaves and other debris falling from the forest canopy”. This made me think of how “in the past we were spiritually dead because of [our] disobedience and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1) which made us all “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but Jesus came. The vine (Jesus) reduces the number of people who were spiritually dead because of sin, hence the reason we are made new in Christ.

When I think of the word ‘new’ it makes me think that for something to be considered new, there must have been something old before. I like to think that when we surrender ourselves, we are giving our obsolete and outdated selves to God so that they will disappear in order to make way for our new selves and His new covenant (Hebrews 8:13). In 2023, I encourage you to make yourself new. The past is the past. You cannot change what happened, but you can dictate what happens in the present. This new year I encourage you to ask God for a new mind, a new heart, a new perspective, and a new understanding. Anything that hindered you from God’s purpose for you last year, ask God to remove it this year.

Here is what I want you all to do: Take a piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING you are expecting God to do this year. Keep that paper throughout the year. If you need to add more as the year progresses, do that. But always pray on that sheet of paper. Pray like your life depends on it. Every time God meets an expectation, write a check mark. At the end of the year, you will see all the things God has done for you. I declare that this new year is your time.

But I also want to let it be known that it doesn’t have to be January 1st of any year to make a change or make yourself ‘new’ in God. The Bible says that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). Everyday God has given us the opportunity to ask for His mercy which comes with so many things like deliverance, healing, comfort, peace, etc.

So with that, happy new year Flow family! We thank God that you are here, and we pray that from the beginning to the end of 2023 and even the years ahead, you will be new in Christ. You won’t dwell on the past, but this new year will give you a new perspective of who you are in Christ and what He has in store for you. As always, we are here for you. Whatever you need, whether it be a prayer, advice or other things, we are more than happy to help. Be blessed. Amen.



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