Welcome to 2019
A New Year has begun! During Christmas week I spent a number of hours asking the Lord to fine tune what I sensed Him saying in the Spirit. I truly believe we are heading into a time when it is of the utmost importance to hear what “the Spirit is continually saying to His people” (Revelation: Letters to the Seven Churches). He is encouraging His people to move beyond what I sometimes refer to as “drive by prophetic words” and listen to what He is saying as He unfolds His plans and purposes for His people. Every move of God builds on what has gone before. While we know we are moving into a new season, we also need to remember He builds on what He’s revealed as strategic moves and the restorations of before.
In a nutshell I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying He is “Birthing a new thing and a new season into the midst of His people, shifting us from a mindset of ‘Surviving’ to one of ‘Thriving’“.
Before heading into the the Word I released at The Embassy Church in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada at the first of the year, I also want to outline what I sense the Lord saying about a “Three-Fold Anointing” He is preparing to release in this new season. The Lord would ask as we head into 2019, a New Year of New Things and New Beginnings, “Are you ready to enlist in the Army of God I am birthing for this season? Are you ready to receive and have activated the Three-Fold Anointing I am preparing to release for this season?…
- An Issachar Anointing: To truly know the ‘times and seasons’ (1 Chronicles 12:32).
- A Warrior Anointing: To “train your hands for war and your fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1), becoming part of the Might Army of the Lord (Joel 2).
- A Joel and Ezekiel Prophetic Anointing: Moving you beyond the old mindset of simply “the evidence of praying in tongues” and into the fullness of what Joel declared, “I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams and your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28-29). The combined Joel and Ezekiel Anointing equips you to firmly step into the Second Move of the Prophetic and the Army of the Lord to speak life to those who say, “We have become old, dry bones…all hope is gone…our nation is finished” (Ezekiel 37:11).
Moving From Surviving to Thriving: Alignment, Assignment, Refinement, Definement
I sense the Spirit of the Lord saying, “I am extending a holy handshake as you enter 2019, welcoming you through the new door I have placed before you, birthing a new season and a new beginning in Me as I release new strength to the weary and new power to those who seek Me. For this day I am shifting My people into a brand new season where the question will no longer be ‘What must we do to survive?’… as I release a spirit to thrive… moving you from a season of ‘Surviving to Thriving’, shifting My people from alignment and assignment into a ‘Time of Refinement’.”
“For I am beginning a stirring in your midst which will make you the tip of the spear in the days ahead. For I am not only searching for an army, but I am searching for those forerunners who will move from a place of worship, to a place of face to face encounter with Me releasing a new name to you solidifying your purpose and destiny in Me” (Revelation 2:17).
“With this stirring and with this forerunner spirit, I am also releasing a spirit of perseverance and tenacity establishing in My people a new understanding of the ‘overwhelming victory’ that is yours in Christ Jesus as you discover ‘how wide, how long, how high and how deep My love is for you'” (Romans 8:37 & Ephesians 3:19).
“The army I am raising up in this day will not be the quick-starters of the past that burned brightly but only for a short time. As we enter the year of new birth and new beginnings I am mingling and marrying together the power of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the characteristics and meekness leading to the power of the righteousness of Christ found in the Fruit of the Spirit. No longer will outsiders say ‘they have a form of godliness but deny its power’ for those I am raising up in this new season will understand holiness and discover how to truly live a ‘Holy Life in an Unholy World’ tapping into the ‘fullness of life and the power that comes from Me'” (Ephesians 3:19).
“The army I am raising up this day will be empowered with a newness of My Spirit enabling you to maintain the right speed, avoiding the wrecks of the past. The army I am raising up this day will not break down while pressing on to win the race and receive the prize” (Philippians 3:14).
The Lord is declaring as we enter 2019, “Prepare ye the way, for I am truly doing a new thing and birthing a new thing in your midst as I send forth the rally cry of David… ‘Awake you sleepyhead city, awake you sleepyhead people for King-Glory is ready to enter in armed and ready for battle. Who is this this King of Glory? He is God of the Angel Armies…'” (Psalm 24:7-10).
May you have a blessed and incredible 2019!