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New Life Where There's No Hope

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Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot--yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-2

When the people of Israel believed that they were cut off and as good as dead, much like an old tree stump, the Lord promised new life and even fruit from this old stump that had been written off. How is new life possible when all seems lost? The answer is in the Spirit of God.

While you can't make new life spring forth from the supposedly barren parts of your life, you can trust that the Spirit of the Lord is present with you and more than capable of changing you. Jesus Himself embodied this story of resurrection, of new life springing from what appeared to be a dead stump. As He unites Himself with you, you, too, can take part in that story of new life, wisdom, and an awe-inspiring knowledge of God.

God's new life isn't going to match most of your expectations. Jesus certainly surprised most of His contemporaries with His message. As you look for God in this season, trust Him to bring new life and be prepared for your fruit to look different from what you'd expected.
 
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