PROPHETIC WORD – 2018
I see the word “CONTEND” and I see that 2017 was a year for faithfully contending in prayer and believing God for the seemingly impossible. Some of you saw breakthrough, some didn’t; but by standing firm you’ve held fast to the promise and have continued to fight for your rightful inheritance.
I’m reminded of the verse about the widow and the unrighteous judge [Luke 18:1-8]. The widow consistently approached the judge to grant her justice against her adversary. The unrighteous judge, who neither feared God nor cared about man, granted the widow her petition simply on the grounds of her unrelenting persistence.
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice and quickly…” [Luke 18:7].
God demonstrates that we should pray incessantly and without defeat, that we should be uncompromising in our faith; fervently trusting and believing that He is a righteous God and that His character is ALWAYS GOOD regardless of the circumstances we may face.
And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we will REAP, if we faint not.[Galatians 6:9]
WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN MATTERS TO GOD
Nothing you have sown into God’s kingdom in this past season has gone unseen, unnoticed, or to waste. Every single little bit of prayer, every encouragement, every sacrifice you’ve made to love others, every word you’ve spoken to advance His kingdom has not fallen to the ground; but rather has been planted in rich fertile soil to bring forth a BUMPER CROP.
In agricultural terms a “BUMPER CROP” is a crop that has yielded an UNUSUALLY LARGE AND PRODUCTIVE HARVEST, so much so that there’s not enough room to contain it.
God is bringing MULTIPLICATION, ACCELERATION and ABUNDANCE to EVERYTHING you have sown. What you have sown matters greatly to God and HE’S GOING TO BRING THE INCREASE!!!
I am reminded of Jesus as He miraculously feeds over 5,000 people starting with a single offering of one little boy’s lunch. There are many that have asked, “What is my bread among so many? How can this little that I have in my hand bless and feed so many?” God shows us that it’s in the willingness to bring what we have to the table that He can bless and multiple it.
What YOU carry is necessary and essential to the Body of Christ. He is calling His mighty Army forth; He is calling each one by name to be actively engaged and involved in the reaping and gathering in of His BUMPER CROP.
God is bringing increase to EVERYTHING you have sown and YOU WILL see a mighty harvest. YOU WILL SEE THE HARVEST AND ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR. What YOU have sown matters greatly to God and HE WILL use it ALL for His glory.
Because YOU have CONTINUED TO CONTEND, even against great odds, I see such joy and laughter as you witness the very things manifest that you have laboured for. I hear great shouts of overwhelming joy and there are streaming tears of relief as you reap in the BUMPER HARVEST.
He that goeth forth and weeping bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.[Psalm 126:6]
I see fresh new beginnings for so many people, one chapter closing and another glorious one opening up. God is going to move swiftly into situations and turn them around for His glory. We know that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God…so be encouraged…He has a plan for your life and a bright future that’s brimming… burgeoning… overflowing… with great HOPE!!!
In 2018 I see that those who FULLY CHOOSE HIM, those who are WILLING TO LAY IT ALL DOWN, will see 100% turnaround in their lives. They will be so dramatically changed and transformed that people will marvel at what has happened in such a short space of time.
I see the unsaved being caught unaware, surprised and captivated by the great goodness and mercy of God. I see Him saying “READY OR NOT” but before He says “OR NOT” I see huge outpourings and waves of His love sweeping over the lost…He is coming in a way that will saturate them with His presence…many who are lost will return home this year…I hear shouts of joy as family members get saved!!!
GREAT FIRE FALLS ON GREAT SACRIFICE
In 2018 I see that God is going to require a GREATER LAYING DOWN OF THINGS, EVEN THINGS THAT ARE GOOD AND FULFILLING BUT ARE NOT GOD. I see a greater refining of motives in each heart as God whispers afresh to each one of us again “FOLLOW ME.” I see papa God putting his hand on things in our lives that aren’t of Him; not just sin, but distractions and things that try to steal our focus.
WE MUST STARVE THE DISTRACTIONS AND FEED THE FOCUS this year. I see this will be a year where we are confronted with our will versus God’s will. I see a fresh surrender of laying down our will and a realigning with His will and His plan for our lives.
I SEE A GREATER FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIM and an ease to let old things go. He wants to take you on a new adventure from glory to glory and strength to strength.
There will be great sacrifice and 2018 will have its challenges but I hear great shouts of joy and there is ample grace over those who choose to continue to follow Him. I see Him fast tracking people. I see some jumping a little way to follow him…then I see some jumping a canyon and giving up ALL to follow him. He won’t force you this year, but he will give you a CHOICE about HOW FAR AND TO WHAT EXTENT YOU WILL FOLLOW HIM.
CONTENDING FOR OUR FAITH
We must stand rock solid as individuals and as a Body of believers on His truth more than ever before in 2018; never wavering or bending to what man perceives as truth. Even though the enemy will attempt to stir up dissension in the body the Lord says, “JUST KEEP FEASTING AT MY TABLE…DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY ANYTHING OR ANYONE.” Continue to look to Jesus as the author and perfector of your faith.
Be greatly encouraged and strengthened. God wants to flow through you like never before in 2018. Let’s all resolve in our hearts to KEEP PRESSING ON towards the mark for the prize of the HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS this year.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [Php 3:14]
Be ridiculously blessed precious Body of Christ!!!