Today is day 264 of the year 2022. You’ve woken up to 264 days of this year of life so far. How fast has this gone by? How much living do you have to show for these days you have been given? Are you where you thought you would be?
We’re coming into a new season now. Summer is over and Fall is well on it’s way. This change of season doesn’t typically stir within us a new resolve to try harder, but instead a settling in. Yes, that’s what Fall is. We put on cozy sweaters and we turn everything into some version of pumpkin, and we settle in. Settle in to “it is what it is”. Settle in to “maybe next year it will be different for me.” Hey, if it hasn’t happened already this year, then it’s probably not going to happen, right?
WRONG. Actually really, really, really wrong.
You have 101 days left in this year. Do you have any idea what God could do with one hundred and one days? No, no you don’t. You don’t have a clue all he could do, wants to do, is ready to do. So how about we stop settling-in with our pumpkin spice and assumptions that the rest of this year is going to be a whole lot more of the same, and partner with the Almighty in final one-o-one.
Yes, this is Mission One-O-One. A partnership with an unstoppable God, declaring we’re not stopping on this year either. The final one hundred and one days shall be seized, savored, and successful!
Our scripture for today is Isaiah 43: 18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Do you believe God is about to make a way where there has been no way before? Do you believe a breakthrough is just ahead?
At this moment, hold the very thing you’ve been struggling with in the forefront of your mind. There’s likely a goal, a relationship or a situation that you’ve been working on this year and it just doesn’t seem to be improving. You’re frustrated because all of your efforts seem to be for not. Honestly, you don’t have a whole lot to show for the 264 days that have passed this year.
You welcomed this new year of life with hope this would change, but today’s reality doesn’t measure up with what you hoped for. What is it? An area of your life you started making progress on, now you’ve fallen back again. A relationship that is nearly hopeless. That habit you can’t seem to break. The situation you’re stuck in. Go ahead and be honest, single it out. Which goal, relationship or situation hasn’t worked so far this year? Yes, that one. Think of it now.
Now we will read that same scripture, Isaiah 43: 18-19 from the Message translation:
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new.”
God wants you to know he is about to do something BRAND NEW. It’s coming. Say that with me … it’s coming. It’s coming. It’s coming. He is about to do something brand new.
And you ‘settling in’ for the rest of the year will not position you in alignment with this brand new thing God is making possible!
It may not have worked before. You may not have seen any progress in the past. You may be feeling hopeless and tired from unsuccessful efforts, but it’s coming. These final 101 days have the potential of being greater than anything you’ve experienced so far.
So what does this scripture say? “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.” Just because the door was locked last time doesn’t mean it will be locked this time. Give it another try. Just because the answer was no before, doesn’t mean you should give up asking. Ask again. You may have tried and failed, but TRY AGAIN.
You may have written goals at the beginning of the year with high hopes things would change, but nothing has really changed at all … will you try again for the final One-O-One? Will you be so bold to re-engage with the desires God has placed within your heart and take the next step now instead of waiting for next week, next month or next year? Right here, today, on this Wednesday in mid-September, on day number 264 of the year, God is saying THIS IS THE DAY. NOW IS THE TIME. I WANT TO DO SOMETHING NEW AND I’M LOOKING FOR A PARTNER IN MISSION 101.
Many won’t be so daring … but the question is, will you? Will you stop dwelling on your shortcomings of the previous 264 days, and focus on the potential of the One-O-One, with THE ONE?
Try again. Don’t keep going over how and why it didn’t work last time. That’s old history. Move on and try again. We can get ourselves stuck in a rut of utter destruction as we replay in our minds all that hasn’t worked for us.
Have you ever tried to help someone and before you ever get your suggestion completely on the table, their immediate response is, nope that didn’t work. “Yeah, I’ve tried that before. That just won’t work for me. I can’t ever do that.” They just throw out all the excuses why what you’re offering as an option can’t possibly be a solution. If you’ve ever had a 15 year old boy in your house, you know. Nothing you offer could possibly ever be their solution.
Hey, isn’t that us with God?
Maybe he’s been trying to give you your answer but you’ve been so busy telling him how that has never worked for you before. Okay. Fair enough. It didn’t work before, BUT WHAT IF IT WILL WORK THIS TIME BECAUSE GOD IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING. It’s coming. It’s coming.
Just because it’s a drought, doesn’t mean God can’t bring rain now. It’s coming.
Just because it’s been a long, hard season in your life, doesn’t mean God can’t give you a glorious new season now. It’s coming.
God is about to do something new.
And then in our scripture God tells us to be alert and present. To be alert means wherever you are, BE THERE. Be in the moment, eyes wide open. BE LOOKING. What are you looking for today?
Did you wake up expecting to feel good? Did you wake up expecting to be in a good mood? Did you wake up expecting a brand new start? Seek and ye shall find. I hope you’re seeking good today, that’s surely what you will find.
Keep your eyes open and don’t miss how God is working all things together for something brand new.
Now, one final point … the brand new thing God is about to bring will likely not be what you expected. God’s ways will blow your mind. He never does things in a way our human minds would think of.
In Exodus we read of Moses leading the Israelites, and their enemies, the Egyptians, are hot on their trail. Moses comes to a dead end, The Red Sea. Surely they are cornered in and there is no way. I bet sometimes you feel like that don’t you? You’ll drown if you keep going, but if you turn around you’ll face attack. And what does God do? Something brand new. Something that has never been done before. He told Moses to put his staff in the water and the Red Sea parted and a dry path was before them.
Can you imagine this? Moses is surely about to die and here he is responsible for all of these people he’s trying to save and God tells him to do something so ridiculous like, put your staff in the water. THAT MAKES NO SENSE GOD. If Moses would have stood there delaying and rationalizing, he would have missed the miracle.
If you stand there delaying and rationalizing, YOU WILL MISS YOUR MIRACLE. I know it doesn’t make sense to try again. I know it seems crazy to believe this is going to work. I know it would be a whole lot easier to just give up and wait until next year. BUT GOD IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING BRAND NEW.
God has looked at the remaining 101 days of this year for you, and he has declared THIS IS WHERE HE WILL WORK! Now is the time.
The God who parts the Red Sea, the God who seals the mouths of the lions, the God who makes a path through a raging storm, the God who makes walls crumble, the God who gave Samson nothing more than a jawbone of a donkey to battle 1000 men and WIN … this is YOUR GOD. And he’s about to show up and do something brand new for you.
It’s coming. Stay alert and present. Be willing to try again. Don’t argue and say it won’t work. With God, all things are possible. Your breakthrough is building. It’s coming!
Mission One-O-One. Your partnership with THE ONE to step into all that is truly possible in the rest of 2022.