Happy New Year! A Year to Watch with the Lord! Upon entering into this New Year – 2017 – I am reminded of Joseph who at the age of seventeen had dreams that pointed to his future destiny. They revealed that he would be a provider of bread to a nation and would hold a high position of influence.
But we all know that his pathway was not one he would have chosen. However, to reach his place of ministry there was an unseen path visible in the realm of the Spirit. How many times have we thought about our situation, our path, ‘This can’t be God’s will: it’s too difficult; this can’t happen to me!’
In the midst of the joy of sharing the revelation we have received, we scan the horizon where heaven and earth meet together and find ourselves like Joseph, in the black holes, the darkness sometimes of other’s making until we actively engage in that unseen realm of the Spirit and we are lifted out, elevated by the invisible yet tangible favour of the Lord. This favour places us, as it did Joseph, into a new sphere of entrustment, responsibility and authority.
This year will be the year of elevation into the revelation of the unseen realm of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been emphasising that this year will be marked with increased revelation. We will need to stand as watchers upon the walls of our spheres of influence, enabling us to see the unseen realm of the Spirit and engage with heaven’s strategies. We will see what God has planned and will be positioned to outwit the enemy’s schemes.
This will be a year to watch with the Lord. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked the disciples to watch with Him. Matthew 26:38. ‘Then He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”’ It was only after they had fallen asleep that He instructed them to watch and pray so that they would not fall into a time of testing and temptation. Matthew 26:41 tells us, ‘Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Had they been watching they would have seen how Jesus went through times of testing and still totally embraced the purposes of God for His life.
The decrees we made last month were:
My life is being turned around
My spirit is awakened
I am receiving supernatural revelation
I am being catapulted into my destiny
The Scripture the Holy Spirit has given to me for this year is Habakkuk 2:1-3: ‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”’
At Revival Fires we are starting this year with a 7-day Watch With the Lord and Fasting beginning on Thursday 5 January. Then every month we will spend 3 days Watching and Fasting so during 2017 we will have completed a 40-day Watch with the Lord and Fasting. Let me encourage you to set these times aside, starting January 5.
I prophesy that this year will be one of increased revelation as we enter into the fullness of all God has planned for us and engage the unseen realms of the Spirit.
Decrees for this year:
- I am a watcher
- I am positioned to receive revelation and visions
- I will run with the revelation I receive
- This year there will be no delay
- This will be a year of fulfillment of God’s purpose
May you know the blessing of the Lord and His continued favour throughout 2017.