ABBehold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth… I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

To our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Healing School Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

God uses events in our lives to shape us, to teach us, to grow us — and some of the key events are those sparked by sin (our own or someone sinning against us), by our missteps, by our confusion. Memories of the past, therefore, can too easily feel like shackles holding us to failures, regrets, ignorance, foolishness, and sin.

However, God doesn’t want us bound to our past. He doesn’t want us to be in a bad state of mind, or even living. God wants us to be sober, loving, kind to one another and the church, to our neighbours and even our enemies. I tell you today that the easiest way to destroy the enemies is with love. It was the love of Moses to Israel that was extended to Pharaoh and his army that destroyed them in the red sea. When the enemy sees love the follow to their own destruction.

When God saves us from the death we deserve for our sin, He frees us from the guilt and shame of our former life as well. He gives us a fresh beginning. He frees us to receive every good thing He wants to give us. Therefore, if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. Are you on this first day of the new year?

If your past feels like a wilderness, know that God wants to make a road through it, perhaps to help you navigate the difficult years and salvage the good. If your past feels like a desert land of death, know that God will make rivers of redemption flow as He brings beauty out of ashes.

Embrace the fresh beginning God wants to give you. My beloved Patriarch, and children of the Mystical Order this is our time to embrace the changes that God wants to give us. In this new year you Will have to separate yourselves from some elements around you that kept you back in the past year with strife and confusion. Mark them that walk disobediently and contrary to the word of God. Come boldly into His presence this day with thanksgiving and praise your God.

I am your servant and brother,
+ Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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Vice Grand Commanding Officer of The Mystical Court

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Author: Godfrey Gregg