If you're anything like me, sometimes you may look back at the year you've just had and wondered, “What on earth was that all about?” Well, if you're wondering what on earth 2018 was all about, the Lord gave me an encouraging word for you today.
That word is:
2018 was about putting steel in your spine.
I believe the Lord showed me that many people begged the Lord for help over and over in 2018, but many of you have thought you didn't receive it. However, the opposite is true. You definitely didn't receive the help you were looking for, but–as is SO often the case with the Lord–you did receive a different kind of help … the help you truly needed.
In 2018, your help came directly from the Lord, and He was preparing you for what you'll need in 2019.
That last sentence I just wrote isn't particularly prophetic. You could and should say that about anything. It's always going to be true. One season is always preparation for the next season.
But, I heard the Lord say very specifically that 2018 put steel in your spine because you are going to need it to be able to contend.
When I say “steel in your spine,” I mean:
- You did more than you ever could have dreamed, in the face of impossible odds.
- You made it through days you thought would break you.
- Time after time, many of you sat on your floor and wept at the top of your lungs–and didn't want to get up again. BUT, you got up anyway, took one step after another, and you made it through.
In 2018, sometimes you were literally counting down the hours until each day ended and you could go to bed. You did things to occupy your time just to get through the day until one day was over and the next one began.
All that time, you thought you were drowning. But the Lord was actually strengthening you instead.
When metal is forged, it has to be heated up.
It has to be shaped, and making a strong metal often requires mixing one metal with other elements. In 2018, the Lord stood as a blacksmith and did surgery on your proverbial spine.
Isaiah 54:16 says:
Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy.”
This year, the Lord allowed you to go through adversity which you thought would kill you. But, He knew all along that you would make it through. This year was about getting the “I can't” out of your vocabulary and showing you that, yes, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Much of the help you needed and expected didn't come from people this year for that very reason.
I experienced this personally, and it was hard. I know it was hard for you too. But, the Lord showed me that this forging storm was fundamental to our future growth. If we had leaned on another while the wind was blowing against us strongly, we would have developed a mistaken belief in our need for the others. However, since the Lord sovereignly removed the props from underneath us, He forced us to lean on Him instead.
2018 was about the Lord putting steel in your spine …
… and it's not over yet.
I don't mean to say that the adversity isn't over. I'm not talking about that right now, for the positive or for the negative. I mean that the year 2018 is not over yet–and there's still time to allow Papa to place steel in YOUR spine if you've been dodging Him.
Signing up for Holy Spirit-led spine surgery is difficult. I know. But you have to have this lesson down pat in order to succeed in the next season. You must have steel in your spine.
You were strong before, but this is a whole new level of strength.
The word I hear from the Lord is “superhuman.” As Bill Johnson says, when you got saved and Holy Spirit came to live in your heart, you lost the ability to claim you're only human. 🙂
And what I see the Lord showing me is that the strength He has given to everyone who will accept it in 2018 is SUPERHUMAN strength.
It's the strength and power only HE can provide.
It goes beyond anything you ever imagined. It touches deeper inside you than you imagined it would touch. And it was wrought in a more painful fire than you ever thought you could endure.
But endure you did … and now you have steel in your spine.
Beloved, be encouraged.
If you've been wondering “What on earth was that all about?”–this is it. There was a reason for all you went through. Papa had a plan. Papa allowed it and is working it out for your good, and this is one of the very good things. He has made you stronger than you ever knew you could or would be.
Does this word resonate in your heart? Is Holy Spirit speaking to your heart about this too? If so, please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you.