Today, I want to share with you the third (and final) portion of the Prophetic Word for 2019. This part focuses on the coming harvest and the desire God has for us to use our gifts to build the Kingdom of God. Sharing your gift matters! I pray that this portion of the word for this year will inspire you to collaborate with God and see His promises come to pass in your world!
Remember, prophecy is an invitation to partner with God to bring His life-giving Kingdom to earth. Without your participation, that task would be impossible! God has chosen to include you in His harvesting process, to use the unique gifts and talents He gave you, and to give you great joy as you see Him move. Listen carefully to what He's promising here - and even more closely to what He's asking from you.
Prepare for the Harvest!
Review the past year! Take note of the promises you have received, for promises fulfilled will give you a new confidence for what is to come. This year (2019) is not a year to stay silent but to proclaim My promises, both your own testimonies of Me and the hope you have for the future!
History is important to Me, because nothing is beyond redemption. Proclaim the good while I continue to redeem the bad. Proclamation produces victory, and victory draws those who live in defeat. Let the proclamation of My promises become a beacon to the lost, who are already coming in droves in this harvest.
Be open to new relationships with people you have not known before. Expansion of My Kingdom comes with the opening of the heart, which says to others: “There is room! Turn in here and find your rest.” A closed door (a closed heart) will take your own harvest from you and the Kingdom will suffer the consequences. Seek me for those I have for you and I will bring them to your doorstep, ready to receive!
A new level of faith - a gift of faith - will empower My chosen ones to stand firmly and see My deliverance where they have not seen it before. Bold choices will be made by many new believers, resulting in a greater number of missionaries released to the harvest in all four corners of the world.
Seeds sown by prayer in previous years are coming to maturity, and My beneficial “plants” positioned around the world through prayer will begin to do their work changing the atmosphere.
Knowledge is power, and the rapid release of information worldwide will result in a new “crop” of believers who are equipped and ready to share the Word with their neighbors.
Doubt has no place in this hour, for only faith will get the job done. Persevere and push through any doubts that still remain concerning the coming harvest and focus your attention instead on being ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Set yourself in order!
Craftsmen, It's Time to Build! (Exodus 35-39)
In a vision, I saw Jesus the Master Carpenter take me into His Nazarene woodworking workshop. I watched as He picked up, piece by piece, the wood He intended to carve. I heard Him say: “I only do custom work.” This Carpenter did not do any run-of-the-mill, mass production!
I saw His process of examining each piece of wood for defects (some of which were removed), admiring the unique elements we call flaws that gave the wood its character. He sanded and finished each piece so that its best elements were showcased. I saw that some pieces of wood were also joined together to make something; suddenly I realized that He was making an “Ark” (of the covenant) from the wood that represented our human lives. We were to become a container for the Presence of God, a place where the Spirit would live! I felt His love and respect for the ark itself. The poles and rings were placed there for carrying it gently and delicately, and He desired this ark to be honored as holy.
I asked this Carpenter: “What about the pieces of wood that are seriously flawed, the ones whose defects seem to be so dominant as to overshadow anything good?” He replied that these are the pieces whose imperfections He actually “plays up,” so that one is forced to confront them. Instead of hiding or removing these serious defects, He works with them, making them the most unusual aspects of His creation. The obvious flaws become the most essential feature of the piece, and its uniqueness causes the viewer to see beauty. Sometimes, it seemed, the biggest “flaw” became the centerpiece.
The simple, slow process of working piece by piece to create beauty made every project shine with the Carpenter’s touch of glory!
I then heard Him direct me to Exodus 35-39, the story of the Master Craftsmen building the tabernacle in Moses’ time. As I read, He said:
Capitalize on your gifts and make use of the tools in your arsenal. It is time for the master craftsmen in My Kingdom to make use of their gifts for the specific tasks I have for them! Take inventory of your gifts. I will not ask you to do something you are ill-equipped for. As you yield your gifts to Me I will do miracles through you!
I am setting up a tabernacle, a permanent dwelling place for My people. It is the quality of the heart that matters, not the number of people building. Those who are willing bring more than enough! Committed people will get the job done. It’s time to build!"
Pray Through this Word:
1. One of the best ways to boost your faith is to review the promises God has given you in the past, and celebrate their fulfillment! Here, the Lord is asking us to review the past year and remember His goodness. It is to be a source of confidence for us as we move forward. What promises have you seen fulfilled in 2018? (To reread His Inscriptions prophecies from previous years, click here for our prophecies page.)
2. There is power in proclamation. Decrees made on earth activate heaven! A quick study of the New Testament word "proclaim" revealed to me over 22 things the Bible calls us to proclaim, including the resurrection, healing, eternal life, our faith, the Word of God, and many others. Many prophetic voices are calling 2019 the "year of proclamation." What will you proclaim this year?
3. Most prophecies contain two types of promises: things that God will do, and things that we should do (God's part and our part). In this portion of the 2019 word, God asks us to be ready to make room for the incoming harvest and to "set ourselves in order." During the month of January especially, many believers take time to fast and pray, consecrating themselves again to God. What can you do to prepare your heart and home for those God sends to you?
4. What are your spiritual gifts? How could you best use them for the Kingdom of God this year? Are there gifts you have neglected or set aside that you feel God is asking you to develop or use again? This is a year to "take inventory" and present ourselves, gifts and all, to God as an offering. What we bring to Him He will then use to help build His Kingdom!
If you have never done a spiritual gifts inventory, you can take this free one online here. Your honest answers will help you see how God might want you to contribute to the building process!
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.