To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
As we end the year, regardless of the good or bad experiences the year brought, the prophet Isaiah speaks with a prophetic certainty that better days are ahead for God’s people. Isaiah, whose name means THE SALVATION OF JEHOVAH, through his prophecies, primarily spoke comfort to a disheartened Jewish nation who had gone through an invasion and captivity. His prophecies were anchored on the hope that a coming Messiah would bring them. The Messiah, our Savior Jesus Christ, has already come in human flesh to fulfill these prophecies; therefore, as one redeemed of the Lord, step into the New Year expecting the manifestations of these prophecies in your life.
As we cross into the New Year, you must by faith, move these prophecies from their historicity into your reality. According to this prophecy, where there has been lack, there will be a release of God’s favor and provision – that is good news indeed! For times of heartbreak and abandonment, God will heal, mend and restore your heart, and bring someone who will make you forget your hurt into your life. It will be a season of liberty – of release from every captivity, negative pattern, stagnation and limitations of the mind and career. Tears won’t last always. There is profit after pain and beauty after ashes.
If you mourned this year, your grief won’t cross into the New Year; God offers you deep comfort (consolation, succor and encouragement). Where you experienced the loss of something of value, God says there will be compensation and restoration. Don’t predict the coming year by the pain of this year; God will ‘show up’ and ‘stand up’ for you. Praise will replace mourning. Ruins shall be rebuilt, what was wasted shall be restored, what was damaged shall be repaired, and every injustice around you will be revisited.
God will give you succor from strange sources and bring people from out of your immediate vicinity (foreigners) to help you, serve you, patronize your business and give you advantages. Then shall you possess double blessings and live in everlasting joy, in Jesus name.
Isaiah was basically declaring here that God can turn around every misfortune; so, expect a turnaround this new year! The failures and disappointments of this year have no capacity to determine your outcomes next year. Watch out for God’s compensation for every negative experience. Even if you had an amazing year, expect the coming year to be far better because Jesus came that you might live life in overflowing measures (John 10:10b).
May the coming year be your best year yet in Jesus’ name.
+ Thank God for preserving you till the end of this year; and for His promises that never fail.
+ Take each of the promises in this prophecy as it concerns you and boldly declare in faith the manifestation of them all in your life as you enter a new year.