But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
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Because schools resume in September, we think of September through December as the last third of the year. School, football, Thanksgiving, and Christmas — each month has its own focus. But if we slice the calendar a little differently, we can think of November through February as a block as well: November and December are the holidays, January is “New Year’s,” and February is Recovery! February is an opportunity to recover from the busyness of the holidays and Renew our focus on the year ahead.
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God knew we needed consistent times of renewal in life. In fact, he built a renewal day into every week — the seventh day was a Sabbath of rest and renewal to prepare for the next six days (Exodus 20:8-11). And Israel had three feasts each year during which they renewed their focus on the Lord (Exodus 23:14-17).
If you are in recovery mode this month from the holiday and New Year’s season, gradually shift your focus from recovery to renewal. “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23) as you prepare for the year ahead.
The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind.
Erwin W. Lutzer
By David Jeremiah.