Scripture Reading: Is. 43: 18-19
In Ezra 3, the foundation of the temple is laid, and praises went up to the Lord from the priests, the Levites, and the sons of Asaph, as was directed by King David. The Word tells us the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid (Ezra 3:11). But not everyone is rejoicing about the rebuilding of the temple. We find those who had seen the first temple weep at the sight of the new foundation. It was disappointment resting in a past season, remembering what was instead of what is to come. Ezra 3 bears witness to this sense of discontentment. It is encountering a former time of majesty and splendour, believing the lie that the former is greater than the latter.
There is a tendency to look back to what used to be and to long for past days of glory. Even now, there are those longing for moves that they saw and encountered in past seasons in ministry. They seek the comfort of the familiar while rejecting fresh vision entrusted to God’s appointed leadership.
Child of God, DSD announces to you today, that God is doing a new thing. Immediately after the verses of our scripture reading, Isaiah urged the people to release a sound unto the Lord. It is a new song, a new sound dedicated solely to God. It is a shout of praise. A new sound cannot come forth without leaving the old behind to embrace the new. For those of you struggling with the release of a new thing in this hour, surrender your heart and your motives before the Lord, and submit your will to His will. Refuse to operate in dishonour of the new season that is upon us, untainted by the sound of memorial weeping. When we refuse to move forward in the new things of God, we become enslaved to a place where God is no longer moving. Let’s get excited and united in the new things God is doing! It is time to release the sounds of heaven; and these sounds are a beautiful symphony before the Throne of God.
Beloved, be conscious of the new things that God is doing within and around you. Accept the fresh fire, the glorious presents of the Lord. Look away from the old and rejoice on the new. Praising for the new things.
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James 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-2.3.8(R.2a) Accl Mt 11:25; Gosp Mk 10:13-16 WEEKDAY ST PHILIP NERI, P. (MEMORIAL)
Prayer Points:
1. Thank God for His word today.
2. O God, let the miracle of a new thing become a daily occurrence in my life, in Jesus name. Amen.
3. Lord, You said You’ll make rivers in the desert, therefore let every dry season of my life cease, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Exercise: Take the prayer of St. Benedict in DSD.
Meditation: 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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