This is the year of ‘crossing over’ and ‘stepping into’ our God given identity. How we are known in heaven will start to manifest on earth in increasingly visible ways. Weaknesses in our personality will be overcome by the blood of the Lamb as we step into the completed work of Christ (Phi 1:6).
For many the crossing over will require a stepping-over-the-edge-of-the-known and free- falling-by-faith-into-the-unknown (Heb 11). Knowing the One who is calling us to walk by faith and not by sight and feeling the tug to greater faith, will cause a love eruption on the inside, a love response recognised externally by increasingly greater faith action (Phi 3:10. Joh 14:15)
This stepping-into and over-the-edge is a stepping into rest, into the peace that passes all understanding (Heb 4:3-11, Phi 4:7). Business people will take risks by faith similar to Abram when called to leave his birth place (Gen 12:1-4). Ezekiel’s will start to come forth and speak out fearlessly as the spirit of God moves upon their hearts to expose the true Word of God and separate it from the delusions of men (Eze 1:3, 44:23). Samuel’s will anoint priests, heads of government and administrative officers as well as prophets into positions of destiny. Internal insecurities will be replaced by faith as the Spirit of God unveils spiritual identity and destiny.
We will see less ‘performance’ this year as people transition into rest, the place of gazing upon the Lord and moving from rest, to restful action. Businesses will become more stable as leadership starts shifting from seeing their employees as ‘machines’ to seeing broken and dysfunctional people in need of care. Leaders in touch with the heart of God will exchange the rod of Martha for the rod of Mary (Luk 10:40-42). Employee care will become a priority as leaders become good stewards of human capital (Eze 34; Jer 23:1-4).
Worldwide the church will start to manifest greater pockets of unity (Psa 133), while at the same time diversions and divisions in the body will be evident to show the sickness of the heart and the head, the falling away from faith into greater idolatrous rites and a watering down of the Word of God (Isa 1). The phrase ‘God is dead’ will be heard more often, and the delusions of those who deny knowledge of God will become increasingly apparent (1 Cor 1:18-31). The wheat growing stronger next to the chaff will be plain to all as the roots of childlike faith grow deeper and stronger into the solid and unchangeable Word of God (Mat 13:24-30, Col 2, 2 Cor 3:16). The harvesting of the chaff will become apparent as their true nature and father is exposed in the light (Mat 13:24-30, Joh 3:19-21).
This year is pivotal in shifting the spiritual atmosphere as each part of the body does its part. God’s Kingdom will come in increasing measure and slowly but surely the spiritual atmosphere will change over homes, businesses, regions and governments. The shift will become more evident as the year unfolds. Greater evidence of physical healing, signs and
wonders will stir up faith and encourage bolder faith actions and manifestations.
A greater awareness and awakening is taking place worldwide for the plight of those who are persecuted for their faith in the Living Christ. The Lord is releasing His love in our hearts for those who are struggling to stand in the midst of oppression and at the cost of their own lives (Heb 13:3). At the same time, a resolve is being released and a strengthening to stand up for our own faith, to declare openly that we are active followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ.
This is a year of great faith, of no turning back, of becoming rooted and grounded in the love of God and becoming firmly anchored in His Word so that we cannot deny Christ (Eph 3:17, Heb 4:12, 6:19, Jam 1:21). This is the beginning of the end-time move of both revival and persecution, the time of the souls being killed for refusing to deny His name. (Rev 6:9-11).
Let us be strong and of good courage. Let us pursue relationship with Him while resting in Him, knowing He already completed the work He is leading us to do (Eph 2:10, Heb 4:3B).