Word for 2016
BREAKING WITH THE PARTNERSHIP OF FEAR AND NEGATIVITY ..for you have not passed this way before. (Joshua 3:4b).
Yes, the world as we knew it has changed and is changing, but HE is the same yesterday, today and forever! He nor His promises have changed one bit. He is the great I AM! The road before us might seem different, creating fear and anxiety; it might look rocky, difficult, or full of opposition and adversity, but JESUS is the WAY! The lies coming from the camp of the enemy are plenty, but Jesus is the eternal TRUTH! He is the abundant LIFE always and everywhere and His kingdom cannot be shaken, even as the world is now being shaken. How does the news of radical, Islamic terrorism affect you? Does the news of an inept and corrupt government in our nation create fear and anxiety about your future? What about the violence, sex-trafficking, pornography, etc. that seem to be out of control in so many of our cities? How do you respond to news of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves, tornadoes and hurricanes? What about our fiscal debt that keeps increasing under this administration? Is the increase of persecution against Christians in this nation shaking you and keeping you paralyzed? Just because there is an increase of evil (Matthew 24:12), just as Jesus prophesied, this is not the time to remain passive with a spectator mentality! No, on the contrary, now is the time to look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.(Luke 21:28).
In other words, stop being trapped by fear and negativity! Don’t agree with what you see with your physical eyes and hear with your physical ears; precisely now is the time to lift up your heads and focus on the reality of the Kingdom! We are citizens of another kingdom and Jesus has already defeated the enemy by the power of His Blood! Stop being trapped by your mind and start living in the Spirit, recognizing that NOW is the time to arise and shine! Now is the time that light shines the brightest precisely because deep darkness is covering the earth. Aren’t we the light of the world? This could be the greatest moment of the church, in the history of the world, if we just break with the fear and passivity so rampant with the people of God!
Gideon was such a man, trapped by fear. During those days the Israelites were doing their own thing; backslidden, rebellious and running after false gods. Sounds familiar? The enemy nations attacked and subdued them because they had no protection. Israel was in poverty because the enemy kept destroying their produce and they lived in fear, to the point that the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and strongholds which are in the mountains.(Judges 6:2).
Is fear keeping you trapped in a cave? Are you comfortable in your cave, passively thinking that there you are protected? Is there a stronghold of fear in your mind controlling your decision-making?
In Judges 6, Gideon is threshing wheat in the wine press, hiding from the enemy. There, in the place of fear, Gideon had an encounter with the Lord that radically transformed him. The Lord called him you mighty man of valor and sends him to fight the Midianites. Is that wild? God calling a fearful young man, with no battle experience, to go and fight huge and powerful enemy armies? If you keep reading the story, Gideon won a mighty battle with only 300 men! What made the difference? How could such a miraculous thing happen? Well, the Lord made the difference! The Lord said, Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.(Judges 6:16).
When God speaks, it happens! When the Lord is with us, we make a majority! Together we defeat and overcome every enemy, every obstacle, every roadblock that stand in the way of the Kingdom! We must keep our eyes on Jesus, not looking to the right nor to the left. As we seek His Kingdom first, everything else shall be added on. Hasn’t He sent us to go make disciples of all nations? Didn’t Jesus say, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age?(Matthew 28:20).
I say, Come out of the cave! Come out of hiding! We are the light of the world and a city set on a hill! He has given us His Spirit and has given us His Word that He is with us always! He makes the difference. His Spirit is not the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. This is the time, this is the year of breaking our partnership with fear and negativity. Let every lie of the enemy that you have been believing be exposed for what it is: deception. Don’t let the liar keep you from reaching your highest goal. We were created for such a time as this! Don’t miss the opportunity to make the name of Jesus great and famous among the nations!
Decree and declare: I’m coming out of the cave of fear; today I break every agreement with fear and negativity and I enter into the freedom and joy of a child of God. I will no longer agree with the lies of the enemy. Faith is rising up in me. The Lord is with me like a mighty warrior and He has sent me to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom with signs and wonders following. The spirit I have received is the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead! There are rivers of the Spirit flowing inside of me enabling and empowering me to carry on with the works of Jesus. Fear, negativity, you will not control me any longer; you are under my feet. Start stepping over the enemy and give a mighty SHOUT unto the Lord!
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need a fresh, new baptism of fire! I need to encounter you afresh. Let Your fire start burning in my belly, giving me a holy zeal to be a radical follower of Jesus. Anoint me now with the boldness of a lion! Give me the courage to always move forward and to never turn back. Let there be an increase of faith and holy boldness in 2016. I want to make a difference right here and now and bring a harvest of souls into Your kingdom. Open new doors, new possibilities, new windows of opportunities for the proclamation of the Gospel. Use me Lord in 2016 like never before! Amen.