For the last 5 years, I prayed over a word or phrase to focus on for the year. This keeps me grounded in God’s word and it allows me to apply this word to my life. I come out a better man every year.
My 2022 phrase is: “Go, this is new.” On this path, Elohim (The Strong Creator God) is creating great new things for me to walk in. I will continue to be a blessing to everyone I cross paths with. Pray to Jesus for your 2022 word/phrase and ask Him to give you the heart and spirit to live it out!
Day 1: Go! This is new.
“But Noah found favor with the Lord.”
“This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.”
““Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.”
“So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”
God was about to take Noah through something that had never been done before. When we look at Noah’s character and actions, we see why he was chosen for what God was about to do through him. As we start 2022, I know that God is doing something new in me. I pray that I walk in fellowship with Him and do exactly what He tells me to do.
Day 2: Go! This is new.
“When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous.”
Ready: Prepared; fitted; furnished with what is necessary
“So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”
God sent Noah into the boat when everything was ready. Keep in mind that Noah didn’t have a boat sitting around. God instructed him to build it. Noah did everything exactly how God commanded him. The new thing that God is doing in our lives will come through the faith and the work that we put in. Don’t expect something great to just pop up if there is no faith and work.
Day 3: Go! This is new.
“After Lot had separated from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west, for I will give you and your offspring forever all the land that you see.”
“I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted. Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” So Abram moved his tent and went to live near the oaks of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord.”
The Lord told Abram that He (The Lord) was giving him the land. God told Abram to “look”, “get up” and “walk around the land”. Today, ask the Lord, “What do You need me to do to receive what You are giving me?”
Day 4: Go! This is new.
“When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in My presence and be blameless.”
“I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.””
God revealed Himself to Abram as El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty). The covenant was between God and Abram, but the effects would go beyond Abram. God has called me to do specific things that go beyond just me. My principles of connecting, learning, teaching, serving, and loving are all rooted in my faith in Jesus. This is what I mean when I say, “It is bigger than me.”
Day 5: Go! This is new.
“I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.””
“Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man a hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, give birth to a child?””
Abraham laughed because his focus was on the reality of the situation, which was their age. Reality cannot be dismissed. Instead, the reality is the reason why I have learned to operate by faith. God’s promise overrides reality. I’ve seen this. I continue to see it. I am an example of it. Ask God to allow you to have faith that goes beyond the reality of your situation.
Day 6: Go! This is new.
“Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.””
“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3
Yahweh-Yireh / Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide). His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness. If He doesn’t provide “it” or make a way for us to get “it”, we don’t need it. I can speak directly to this.
Day 7: Go! This is new.
“Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The Lord has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say.”
“They replied, “We can plainly see that the Lord is with you. So we want to enter into a sworn treaty with you. Let’s make a covenant.”
When it’s obvious and plain that the Lord is working in our lives, there is no other proof needed from us. We must continue and work to exemplify our: Faith, Love, Service, & Humility.
Day 8: Go! This is new.
“Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your father and grandfather and to your relatives there, and I will be with you.”” Genesis 31:3
“When the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip. Then He said to Jacob, “Let Me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.” “What is your name? ” the man asked. “Jacob,” he replied. “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”” Genesis 32:25-28
Sometimes God will send us back to where we started with a different name, role, and responsibility. This change doesn’t happen until we are honest with the Lord. He may break us before He blesses us. Once this happens, we will no longer be held captive by our former way of thinking and operating. We can now be who God says that we are!
Day 9: Go! This is new.
“So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.”Genesis 37:23-24
Let’s pay attention to the details in Scripture. The cistern was empty. If water would have been in there, Joseph would likely have drowned. We can be in a rough situation and a hopeful situation at the same time, but we may not see it that way in the moment.
Day 10: Go! This is new.
“The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.” Genesis 39:2
“Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. Genesis 39:3
When we learn Jesus’ name as Immanuel, this reveals His character of “God is with us.” No matter where we are in life, we must understand that God is with us. Call on His name. When God is with us, we will succeed.
Day 11: Go! This is new.
“And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place.”Genesis 40:14
“Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.”Genesis 40:23
“Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.””Genesis 41:14-15
““It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”” Genesis 41:16
When the Lord is ready for our gifts to be revealed to the world, we will know that it is Him who positions us and it is His power working in us.
Day 12: Go! This is new.
“Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please, come near me,” and they came near. “I am Joseph, your brother,” he said, “the one you sold into Egypt.”
“And now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life.”
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
The journey to get where God is sending us may not be understood while we are going through the process. Learning the Lord’s names and character will help us each step of the way. Immanuel (God is with us) and Jehovah Shammah (The Lord is there). He is with us as we walk and He is wherever He is sending us.
Day 13: Go! This is new.
“Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
“Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed.”
“So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?”
What Moses was looking at was beyond human logic. This is what made him go over and look at the bush. When he looked at the bush he wondered, “Why isn’t the bush burning up?” Before God allowed me to understand what He was doing through me, I experienced a few moments that were beyond my human understanding. This is when I knew that it was Him leading me to His purpose for my life.
Day 14: Go! This is new.
“Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.””
“Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses, and He said, “Isn’t Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, he is on his way now to meet you. He will rejoice when he sees you.”
“So Moses and Aaron did this; they did just as the Lord commanded them.”
“The Israelites traveled from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 soldiers on foot, besides their families.”
“The time that the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years.”
Moses started by asking God to send someone else. Later, he became a vessel, with Aaron, and freed over 600,000 people who had been enslaved for 430 years. We must understand that when God calls us to do something, we must do it His way. His results will come from this.