As the holiday season and year-end celebrations wind down every year, I began to seek God and ask what the New Year will hold for His Church Worldwide. Having a ministry which revolves around the prophetic and hearing the voice of God, I am continually asked: “What is God saying to you? What is in store for the New Year?”
So, each year I ask, “Lord, what is your “word” to Your Church, Your Bride, for this next season?”
2015 was a Year of Breakthrough and Bounty, and He spoke that 2016 is a Year of Taking New Territory!
Below is what I feel the Lord spoke to me in regards to 2016 for the Bride of Christ – His Worldwide Church. In the weeks to come I will expand on the 2016 Word with some teachings.
However, before you get to the Word for the Year, I just have to share (quickly) what this 2016 Word has already done for me personally and my ministry.
I know that many people have been sharing their 1 Word for the year. However, my thoughts, were: “How do you boil this Huge Territory Taking Word down to just ONE word? And did my ONE Word have anything to do with the Large Picture Word for the church? Or did God have something else in mind?” For sure, you can bet there is a blog post come soon on this topic. 😉
But here it is… drum-roll please ……. ADVANCE!
Which seems fitting since it goes with the Word for 2016 the Lord gave me and the word for our Church Congregation is along the same vein.
Right after the Lord spoke that 2016 is to be a year of Taking New Territory, I had several things happen that made rethink my ministry and direction. Honestly, I wanted to throw in the towel and quit – walk away from it all … Yet, the Lord was clear that my Ministry, Dare 2 Hear was to continue and my first act of Advancement and Taking New Territory was to Podcast.
So coming soon to a podcast near you: The Dare 2 Hear Hour! – – or some other cool name that may come about. (Feel free to send me some suggestions) But there it is, me Fearlessly(which I thought was my one word) stepping out and putting it in writing so you all can keep me accountable and encourage me as I Advance Forward in this next Season.
Now, here is what the Lord spoke to me about the next coming season of 2016:
2016 A Year of Taking New Territory
The Lord says that this is the year of Advancement – A year to take New Territory and possess the promises of God. This is the year for the church to Arise and Awaken. To Begin walking in the fullness of His Spirit. God is pouring out His Love like never before. Prodigals will return home in this season. There is a shadow of darkness over the land and it is trying to advance – But, the Sons and Daughters of the King will Advance as well and we will Be Victorious (Is 60). The Lord is with us – He is mighty to save. (Zephaniah 3:17)
This is the time to look toward Heaven (Is 40:26) – not what you see right in front of you, but tune your ear to hear the sounds of Heaven’s Army Marching & Advance with them.
Let your light so shine before men that ALL will know He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matt 5:16). The days seem dark, and darkness may seem to prevail – But it is not truth. The TRUTH is – God is ever present (Ps 46:1) – His light still shines and when His light shines it drives out the darkness (John 1:5). The Lord says: This is the year of Advancement – The Year of Making Room for the Bounty – A Year of the Miraculous (Is 54).
Last year was a year of breakthrough and bounty – it will continue into this season of taking new territory! They go hand in hand. Taking new territory is not just about physical property, but it is about spiritual and emotional territory!
Gods promise to His children in was everyplace your foot steps is yours (Deuteronomy 11:24 & Joshua 1:3). Be Caleb’s and Joshua’s – Advance – move forward and take the inheritance of the Lord.
This is a year of the miraculous – when all hope seems lost – Believe. Things that have plagued you physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially, will no longer hold you back from moving forward.
This is a year of Love being poured out – no matter what comes – do not fear – but respond in LOVE – Perfect Love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). We are the bride of Christ We are clothed with strength and dignity and we laugh without fear of the future! (Proverbs 31:25)
Be a territory taker for the Kingdom of God – As you Advance His Kingdom – Seek Him –be obedient to Him – He will expand your territory. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33)
This Year, May you Dream Big, and be Fearless as you Advance the Kingdom of God!
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy
Isaiah 54 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
4 “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
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