At some point in Nigeria, we drove on the left side of the road, and then we switched to the right. If you drove on the day after the change without aligning yourself with the new protocol, you could be arrested. It’s important to recognize the time in which we live and the season that we are in. God is saying that it’s a new day and our past will no longer determine our future because protocols have changed.
Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.1
So how do we live in a new day?
Begin by recognizing that you are an immortal spirit that has always been in God sent to the earth to fulfill a specific assignment. God chose you in Him before the foundation of the world.2 He called you out of Himself to reveal and communicate an aspect of His glory to creation. This knowledge gives your life meaning.
Recognize that this is your day. God has determined your pre-appointed time.3Moreover, your life is more important than you realize. You are the best of your bloodline because the glory of the latter days will be greater than the former.
Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and ours would make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.4
Understand that the things that didn’t work in the past will work now because it is not just your day, it is a new day. Jesus told Peter to launch out again despite recent failure and Peter did, bringing in a net-breaking load of fish.5 God is reconnecting you to things you let go of in the past and you are destined to see the goodness of God.
Don’t reference the past in your thinking and actions. The same people, who wanted to worship Paul because of the miracle he performed at Lystra, turned around to stone him and leave him for dead. After God raised him, he later returned to Lystra, where he did not allow painful memories to hamper his forward direction.6 Forget past successes, failures, offences, and pain because they will keep you from the heights of your high calling.
Strain forward into the new.7 Reach for the things that are ahead. It’s a day of convergence of the spiritual and the physical, so press to see into the spirit realm where God’s provision is. Become adept at understanding the language of the spirit in visions and dreams. Don’t be satisfied until you experience more of God’s glory.
Let these thoughts frame your expectations for the days ahead.
- Isaiah 43:18-19
- Ephesians 1:4
- Acts 17:26
- Hebrews 11:39-40 [The Message]
- Luke 5:4-6
- Acts 14:8-10,19-22
- Philippians 3:12-14