Usually, each year, I write a prophetic prayer for what each year will bring. Obviously, I didn’t do one for the year 2017 since I was in hospital throughout December 2016 right into the new year, and then went through a series of in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation for the on-going months ahead after my discharge from the Rehab Hospital, all because of a viral infection I had in the brain that caused me to lose my short-term memories (Encephalitis). It was a rough recovery process throughout the whole thing and 2017 was a ridiculous year for me, but I am looking forward to the Year 2018! I believe that 2018 is going to be an amazing year for everyone who is willing to work with whatever God has put in place for you to move to the next level in your life.
I declare that the Year 2018 is going to be a Year of Abundant Life for the people of God. Why do I say this? The number 18 is called Chai (חי) in Hebrew which translates to “living”. The word is made up of two letters of the Hebrew alphabet – Chet (ח) and Yod (י), forming the word “chai” (חי), meaning “alive”, or “living” (Info Source: Wiki).
In the book of Leviticus 18:5 (NKJV), it reads the following:
5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
The Hebrew word (וָחַי בָּהֶם ‘Chai Bahem’), is used in this scripture, which translates to ‘and you shall live by [this faith]’ (as opposed to just doing it) (Info Source: Wiki).
The Hebrew word Chai (חי) is also used in Deuteronomy 30:15-16 to describe how we should live by God’s standards so that we may be able to prosper and be blessed in whatever He gives us to possess.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
Therefore, I declare that the Year 2018 is going to be an important year for everyone. I believe that God is calling us to walk by FAITH this year so that we may prosper in whatever we put our hand to do. Young Joseph became successful when he served his master faithfully with the little that he had. Because he was trusted with very little, Joseph eventually was promoted to a higher position and was made to oversee his master’s house. He later on became the salvation his family needed from famine and starvation as he learned to forgive his brothers for selling him off into slavery out of jealousy and spite for being their father’s favourite child.
2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
Those that were jealous of you last season will want to work with you in the coming seasons of this new year on the basis of your character.
Joseph knew that the evil scheme of his brothers who sold him off to be a slave in Egypt was intended to bring about household salvation to his family in the future who would later experience Famine and required resources to sustain the family so that they would not die off in starvation. If you can understand that the trial or trials that you faced in the previous year, or perhaps some trials that you may possibly face in this year will turn around for a positive purpose, you will see the Mighty Hand of God at work in your life.
19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
- What was meant to be your loss will give you gains
- What was meant to be your demise will be your victory
- What was meant for you to die will make you live
- What was meant to destroy you will restore you
- What was meant to strike you down will raise you up
- What was meant to shame you will honor you
- What was meant to weaken you will only strengthen you
- What was meant to discourage you will only encourage you
- What was meant to distract you will only refocus you towards the goal and not look back
- What was meant to derail you will only sharpen your discernment
- What was meant to distance you from God will only bring you much closer to Him
- What was meant to harm you will be used to heal you instead
- What was meant to make you poor will make you wealthy
- What was meant for evil, God will turn it around for your good
God has a divine plan for your life and does not intend for you to struggle for so long walking around in a circle and never reaching your final destination like the Children of Israel in the days of Moses.
He will show you where you ought to go if you just learn to:
- Heed to His voice of instruction;
- Humble yourself through prayer; and
- To be attentive to the signs and wonders He will show you to indicate that you are heading in the right direction.
The question is, Do you TRUST God?… Ask yourself that question today.
When King Uzziah became King at age 16 (2 Chronicles 26:1-3), he reigned in Judah for 52 years. When He sought the Lord in the days of Zechariah, God made him prosper. This is the key to seeking promotion and prosperity this year. Whenever you obey Godly instruction, or receive a prophetic Word and do what the Lord has impressed on your heart or spirit to do, you will make your way prosperous because you reverentially fear the Lord enough to take heed and obey His instruction(s). You will require spiritual discernment to follow Godly instruction so it is pertinent this year that rather than relying on another man’s revelation or word of knowledge or prophecy over your life to get you moving and doing what God wants you to do, you must be proactive and make it a personal goal to pursue to hear God for yourself and to seek God to increase your spiritual discernment and ability to know His voice distinctly for your sake so that you never are led astray by a false vision or prophecy that was spoken over your life. Don’t be a lazy Christian and be proactive in your pursuit to increase in the giftings of the Holy Spirit.
When you feel lost and unsure of where you’re supposed to be heading in life, I strongly believe that God has a way of showing you if you are headed in the right direction. When you receive a dream, write it down so that you can remember it. Don’t write off a dream as nonsensical immediately just because you didn’t understand the meaning of the dream initially. When you make it a habit to record your dreams, you will see a pattern in them as they form a bigger picture concerning your destiny. Not all dreams that you receive are “prophetic” in nature, but you’ll only start to recognize which ones are when you start to identify what dreams come to pass in your life, or what dreams held a specific meaning to you in your current situation. It takes time to develop spiritual discernment to distinguish which dreams are prophetic in nature and which ones are not. All I know is that recording your dreams is a helpful way of learning how to distinguish and differentiate the difference between the two over time from personal experience. You don’t have to record your dreams if you don’t want to, but I personally find it helpful in my personal prayer life since the Lord tends to speak to me through dreams and visions.
[ The Just Live by Faith ] Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
Some dreams that you record will start to make sense to you after some time has passed concerning a future event that is yet to take place. Make it a habit to write down the dreams that leave a deep impression on you as soon as you wake up at any hour because some of these dreams could be prophetic in nature and may give you some insight and direction on what decision or course of action you have to take in order to move forward; or such dreams can warn you of what is blocking or hindering your progress and give you insight as to what you must do now strategically in order to move forward successfully. That is why I have a habit if recording my dreams in my journal to keep track of what came to pass and what I have to look out for in my future. God even warns me of people I should avoid and also points out people I should connect myself with for my future. If you make it a habit to record your dreams, you will be able to increase your spiritual discernment in this area of your life. This is just a tip that I believe can be useful for those that operate in the area of the prophetic or intercessory giftings of the Holy Spirit. Seek God to help you understand your visions and dreams so that He can give you direction on how He wants you to prosper.
He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
If you maintain your humility and dignity despite any trial that you may have faced in the year 2017, God will promote you in the upcoming year if you continue to remain faithful with the little that you currently have right now and learn to forgive those that have spitefully used you in the previous year. If you are faithful with little, God will reposition you to be promoted to handle much more. Bitterness and anger will only pose to disable you from moving forward if you fail to forgive those that have hurt you in the past. You will only move forward when you have discarded any bitterness and spite that you may continue to harbour in your heart against others that used you spitefully in the previous years of your life. It is very important to renew the Spirit of your mind right now in order to receive what God has for you in the upcoming year of 2018. The question is, are you ready to receive your promotion this coming year of 2018?
- If you don’t change your mindset, then you won’t change your life;
- If you can’t forgive, then certain things that were meant to come your way this year won’t come to you since unforgiveness kills any potential for you to see hope to sprout up in any area your life;
- If you don’t abandon bad habits, you’ll miss opportunities;
- If you remain stubborn and hold onto old thought patterns as your way of life, you’ll end up being regarded by others as unteachable, unusable, useless and won’t be able to achieve promotion this year;
- If you don’t increase your prayer life this year, you won’t increase in any gifts of the Holy Spirit either; and
- If you don’t seek God diligently this year, then don’t expect blessings to flow your way this year (by default) either. God doesn’t want a lazy Christian…
It is very important to discard your “Last Year” mentality and way of thinking into the coming New Year. Take note that whatever worked for you Last Year, worked “Last Year”; but don’t assume that that same mentality can be used for this upcoming year of 2018. Learn to be flexible with God and allow Him to steer you into places that are beyond your comfort-zone level and maybe unchartered territory for you. When you step out and simply obey God’s leading whether it be by a Prophetic Word, Prophetic Vision or Dream, simply obey God’s leading (even when it doesn’t make any sense to you) and you will prosper.
At the end of the day, you are accountable to God for your actions or inactions, so learn to Obey His Voice and His Leading by the Holy Spirit. When God convicts you or inspires you to do something, do it. Don’t question it, just do it. If you keep God’s Word and do not deny His name, you will see God open doors of favour to flow into your life that no man can shut and He will pour out such a blessing upon your life that it will overflow and overtake you if you just Heed to His instruction this year. Do not be afraid of following God’s instruction in your life this year. Do not worry about how others will view your obedience. Obedience is better than people-pleasing so focus on choosing to remain obedient to whatever God inspires your heart to do and you will reap the benefits of your obedience in manifold wisdom and favour that will follow you throughout your life.
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;[a] for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Some of you will prophesy and/or will be prophesied on concerning your future this year. Some of you will receive dreams or visions from the Lord concerning what steps you must take next in order to walk in the divine call of your life or to make radical decisions that will connect you with certain people that are part of your destiny.
[ God’s Spirit Poured Out ] “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
It may call for you to move locations, move countries, move jobs, move from a certain ministry and/or enter into a new one, or even move from one church to another… The instructions you receive from whatever the Holy Spirit impresses on your heart to do will probably not make any sense to you or anyone (including your family); however, the instructions that God impresses on your heart to do, will determine the miracle you are willing to receive. Don’t expect things to simply fall into your laps if you have no courage to walk into the realm of the unknown by choosing to walk by faith and not by what you see. Those that choose to abide by the “Seeing is believing” principle will miss out on the miracles that God wants to dispense on His people if they refuse to walk by faith and not by sight.
So, my encouragement to you today is to commit the Year 2018 into God’s hands and expect the unexpected, expect the extraordinary, and expect to see God do new things in your life this coming year. I pray that this post blesses and encourages your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀