Summary: Do you desire a new beginning? Check your life to see if any of these hindrances to a new beginning are operational in your life.

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Different ministers of God have spoken at different times about a New Beginning. A lot of us are familiar with Isaiah 43:19 where God says behold I do a new thing. But the question is how many of us can say we have truly experienced a new beginning in our walk with God, family life, career and finances? Can we truly say we have experienced a new beginning in our church or in our nation?

There is a big difference between God saying He wants to do something and we actually experiencing what God says He wants to do. This is why today we want to look at the hindrances to a new beginning. So that we don’t just hear messages about a new beginning or a new thing like we have heard in previous years, but that we actually experience and testify of a new beginning this year.

In looking at the hindrances to a new beginning, we will take time to look at a people God desired a new beginning for; a people He told about a new beginning but who unfortunately never experienced the new beginning God had planned for them.

Exodus 1:8-14, Exodus 2:23-25 and Exodus 6:6-8 describe what the Israelites had been facing for many years:

•They had been slaves for many years.

•They had been under the yoke of the Egyptians for years.

•They had lived in a land that wasn’t theirs for years.

•They had been going through pain, oppression and severe hardship for so many years.

•Their lives had been bitter for years.

•They had lost their joy, weren’t happy and just used to cry and groan in their misery.

God saw all of this and wanted to give them a new beginning. He wanted to change their situation. He wanted to move them from the level they had been on for years to a better and more glorious level. Let’s take note that the situation or level the Israelites had been in which God wanted to change, wasn’t a situation or problem of 2 years, or 5 years, or 20 years. They had been in that situation or on that level for over 400 years. What this tells us is that there is no situation God can’t redeem, God can’t change. With God it’s never too late to start afresh. God can give you a new beginning at any age. God can give the worst of situations a new start, a new beginning.

So these were a people that God had remembered and wanted to change their story. He wanted to break every yoke in their lives and take them into their own promised land so they could have a new beginning. But of the over 600,000 people that left Egypt for the Promised Land (Exodus 12:37), just a few actually entered the Promised Land and experienced a new beginning (Numbers 14:21-24). My prayer is that whatever will keep us from experiencing a new beginning, God will remove from our lives.

Number 1 hindrance: Lack of available and willing vessels

In Exodus 3:9-10, God shared His vision and plan with Moses about the new beginning He wanted to give the Israelites. But for this new beginning to be actualized, Moses had a part to play. The vision or dream of a new beginning would be nothing but a dream or mere talk until someone could step in to do what was mindful and necessary for this new beginning to become a reality. Every new beginning whether in our personal lives, family, church or nation, requires a Moses; it requires people who are available and willing to pay the price that will bring about this new beginning. People who will do what is mindful and needful for there to be a new beginning.

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