Happy New Year!
I love this time of year... Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday - really grabbing our focus to think on and count the blessings around us! It helps to prep me to maintain that frame of mind through out the hectic season of Christmas - with all the lists and wants and fun... I find when I keep hold of that mind of thankfulness, I keep the true heart of the holiday in focus as well. I love Christmas (and Hannukah too... we love lighting the candles, saying the blessings - knowing that Jesus actually did this every year when He was in the flesh.) but even now... THIS time of year - when everything is new and fresh and we all have the chance for a New Beginning - I love it!
I have made it a habit to spend New Years Day morning with the Lord, just reflecting on the past year... and thinking forward on what is to come... I love to ask Him for a word or a phrase that will help 'frame' the year ahead. In fact, I am taking an online scrapbooking class called One Little Word - and the entire project is based around one word. So I have been asking God for a speciic word for this coming year personally for my project - as well as a 'word' in general for the coming year. My personal word - which I am so excited about is "Releasing"... I can't wait to explore what all that means for me... but this note is more about what I feel this year has in store for all of us...
The Word/Phrase for 2011 was Fulfillment & the Year of Zion. (You can read my Note on that written LAST January for more insight) While there were some things I was hoping to be fulfilled that were not, looking from this side of things, many many things actually really were! One of the main things that really incorporated a lot of smaller goals was the opening/starting of Soar. With the combination of reflecting back over 2011, and a word (which I may write about later) He recently spoke over me - I was excited to hear what His word for 2012 is, so with coffee and pen in hand... I sat down for some one-on-One time to hear His thoughts... this is what I heard.
2012 is a Year of Expectation. Hope will arise and this is the year when the plowman will overtake the reaper. (Amos 9:13). It is a year of blessing - but it will take purpose and focus. The Holy Spirit will line things up and CO-labor with you to bring about New Beginnings. The steps to follow this year to see Amos 9:13 acted out in your life are:
1. Pray for vision... WAIT for it/Look for it to come.
2. Once you 'see' it - EXPECT it.
3. Declare it and Receive it
No longer will you have to long for and pine for things. When your heart and the Father's heart are one, you will catch His vision and expection will arise. Declaring and reaching out to receive will flow almost out of one motion. Pratice this with small things... and you will quickly move on to larger tasks.
I asked Him for a book in the Bible for the year and He said the Book of Acts. Now, I sort of questioned Him on that one, thinking it was just me since that is the book I am reading through my Daily Reading plan right now. But He said, "Oh No - this is Me... 2012 is to be a CONTINUATION of the book of Acts."
Below is the scripture reference from Amos that He gave me:
"But also on that Judgment Day I will restore David's house that has fallen to pieces. I'll repair the holes in the roof, replace the broken windows, fix it up like new. David's people will be strong again and seize what's left of enemy Edom, plus everyone else under my sovereign judgment." God's Decree. He will do this.
"Yes indeed, it won't be long now." God's Decree.
"Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I'll make everything right again for my people Israel:
"They'll rebuild their ruined cities.
They'll plant vineyards and drink good wine.
They'll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables.
And I'll plant them, plant them on their own land.
They'll never again be uprooted from the land I've given them."
God, your God, says so."
Amos 9:11-15 The Message
This is a great year for the House of David - the church! We will barely be able to keep up with the blessings poured out, and the Harvests coming in!
Rise up with expectation!
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
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