3 Heavenly Directives for the New Season Beginning September 13, 2015
When I woke up on September 12, 2015, the day before Rosh Hashanah began, the Holy Spirit was sitting on me with a tremendous brooding. I kept hearing the word “reboot.”
I went to be alone with the Lord so I could pray into this word “reboot.” He suddenly gave me a tremendous burden to intercede for the new season that started Sunday evening, September 13, 2015, at Rosh Hashanah. The burden to intercede was very heavy.
And as I prayed, the Lord downloaded three heavenly directives for this new season that I want to share with you today.
What is a heavenly directive?
A heavenly directive is a prophetic announcement from the Holy Spirit of where He wants to take us in this new season. It’s a road map that reveals both what Father wants to do AND how we should change our thinking and our decisions in order to receive everything He has for us.
For more about heavenly directives, read Heavenly Directives for YOUR New Season. You can also check out my entire, free teaching series on new seasons here (with 19 FAQs about entering your new season).
Here are the three directives the Lord spoke to me for this new season:
1. Realignment and new things added
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
It’s time for a reboot. Your intentions have been good in this last season, but some important things have fallen by the wayside. It’s time for a new vision and a new strategy that truly puts God first in every area of life.
God wants you to realign yourself and place Him as your first priority, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because He has some things He wants to add to you this season. He is a good, good Father who gives good and perfect gifts, and He wants to pour out on you right now.
What does realignment look like?
Your realignment could be very practical. For example, the Lord might speak to you about changing your sleep habits so you can wake up fresh and energized, with clear ears to hear the Lord and put time with Him first in your day.
The thoughts and intents of your heart may also need to be realigned. For example, if you’re having trouble in your marriage or family, it’s time to dig into Ephesians 5 and other Scriptures about family.
Ask the Lord to do any heart surgery He needs to do so that everything in you and your relationships can line up with His Word.
You’ve been waiting a long time, and God is ready to add some things to your life.
You’ve been waiting to see the reward of your labor. You have been faithful and labored much, but your reward has been held back in many cases.
In this season, however, God wants to bring you your reward. In order to do so, He needs you to get and stay directly under His pipeline so you can receive everything He has for you.
When you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, God’s holy pipeline of blessing and reward can dump into every aspect of your life.
2. Expect the unexpected–in a good way!
The Scripture the Lord brought to my mind for this directive is 1 Corinthians 2:9:
But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”
You have some big dreams, but GOD’s dreams for you are bigger. The Holy Spirit shouted into my spirit: “EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!” And when I kind of raised my eyebrows, thinking, “Lord, I’m not sure I want anything unexpected because I don’t want anything bad,” He added: “In a good way!” 🙂 (That was a relief!)
So in this season, you should expect happy surprises. As you seek Daddy God first in this season, He is going to add some things to your life that you never imagined.
But what about the good things you HAVE imagined?
“Expect the unexpected” doesn’t negate the importance of the things He has already promised you—those things that you do imagine; the things you KNOW are your inheritance. I felt strongly like the Lord was talking about adding those things to you under Directive #1.
But the promise of 1 Corinthians 2:9 is completely different. This is a promise of amazing things that you have never thought of before—good and perfect gifts that only your good, good Father could have conceived for you.
And it’s already done!
The Lord also emphasized the word “prepared” in this passage to me: “… which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, emphasis mine). “Prepared” is past tense because it’s already done.
Did you know that all of God’s work for your life is already done, finished, complete, in the books? Yup. It’s true!
Ephesians 2:10 tells us this:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
And Hebrews 4:3 says:
For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world” (emphasis mine).
Scripture clearly explains that God has already finished the good works He has in store for your life. When the Holy Spirit highlighted this word “prepared” to me from 1 Corinthians 2:9, He reminded me that His plan for you is already finished. Every good work He wants you to do is already completed in His economy.
So don’t be afraid!
Call forth those good works that Father has prepared for you. Speak to the finished works the Father has prepared for you before the foundation of the world, and command them to manifest in Jesus’ name.
I do this regularly, and I see miracles of open doors and divine favor in my life as I do. You will see the same if you will speak to the unseen things the Father has for you and call them into manifestation.
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3. Rest, rest, and more rest
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).
The time has come to rest in God like never before. Don’t be afraid to pull back from busyness. Take time just to be. You may need to remove some good things from your schedule so you can make room for the best things.
I serve a lot at my local church, doing things that I’m called to do. But I attend a huge church, so there are tons and tons of ministry opportunities. And you know what? I can’t help with them all.
If I help with things I’m not called to do, it prevents me from doing the things I am called to do. So I have to say no to a lot of things, and that’s fine. I don’t spend even one moment feeling bad for saying no. I’m protecting the call of God on my life by doing so.
In this new season, I would encourage you to take your schedule before the Lord and ask Him to talk to you about it.
You might consider asking Him things like:
- Is there anything here I’m doing for the wrong reasons?
- Is there anything here that’s draining me, instead of energizing me?
- Is there anything here that You called me to for a season, but that season is over now?
And if the Lord shows you things in your schedule that need to be eliminated or realigned, don’t hesitate to obey Him. I promise: you won’t regret it.
The most important thing the Lord spoke to me about this season of rest is this: TRUST.
- Trust in who Father is.
- Trust that He will bring you into the good things He has for you as you seek Him first.
- Trust that He prepared all the good works for your life before the foundation of the world.
- Trust that His Word really is true, and it really does apply to you.
I encourage you to get the first four chapters of Hebrews deep in your spirit. Read those chapters over and over, and ask God to teach you what rest looks like in your life.
Related: Read my story about embarrassing rest #fails in Rest in God, Reach Your Destiny.
If you will rest in God, believe His Word, and seek Him first, HE will do the heavy lifting for you.
And as He does, He will exalt His own name in your life. YOU just be still and seek Him first. Exodus 14:13: “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.”
May you receive ALL the outrageous, unimaginable blessings that Daddy God has in store for you in this new season!
Does this word speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
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It spoke to me indeed totally symmetrical with all my pastor taught in midweek service.
Thanks Jamie, I celebrate you!
Yay! So glad Daddy God encouraged you. And thank you! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
Hi Jamie, hope this doesn’t rude … but if the Holy Spirit spoke this to you, how does this apply to me? I feel like God told me to “prepare my home” after i cried out to him to restore my marriage. I wasn’t wearing my rings for almost 2 mos, and suddenly i heard, “put your rings back on” … done those things … but my husband not only is having his gf using a pic of him & her as her FB profile page (someone sent me the image), his way with the courts but he doesn’t seem to be moving towards returning home. I keep getting signs to stand for my marriage … cause trust me there were time’s I wanted to throw in the towel & run far away!!! But God throws in a person i haven’t seen in over 10yrs show up in a totally different city, in a hospital i had no plans of being in till the last minute, past the time of the appointment – and after i tell her my husband filed for divorce, she tells me PRAY!! GOD CAN BRING YOUR HUSBAND HOME …and she tells me her story!! & several other’s have the same story… and they anyways tell me to PRAY! Our Pastors sermon this past Sunday – don’t listen to worldly advice … LISTEN TO GOD! Driving down the road on our way to church acouple weeks ago, I’m thinking – is my stand in vain? Suddenly acan from acompany I’ve never heard of or seen before is next to me with “911 Emergency” & under it … “Restoration”!!! Soooooo … how does this apply to me 🙁 🙁
Hi Kimberlyn. That’s a FANTASTIC question. I know this encouragement applies to you too because 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us that, when God encourages one of us, the same thing applies to all His children. Check it out:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
God works seasonally. He does a certain thing in one season; then, when that work is done, He changes the seasons and begins a new work. And generally, the entire Body of Christ is experiencing the same season because it’s the same God working in us all!
So when God gives prophetic words and directives about one season, they are for all of us. They apply to you just as they do to me. The comfort He gives me is meant to be shared with you… He just needs somebody to type it out! 🙂
I know things have been tough for you lately. I remember you frequently and lift you up to our Father. He loves you so much. You hang in there, sister, and look to Him to fight your battles for you. He will!!!
(((((Hugs!!!!!!!!!))))) and blessings to you today.
Jamie – Thank You! For your reply and for your prayers! <3
This totally lines up with with what He has been showing me! And that exodus 14:13 was a verse He gave me an entire study on last night and laid on my heart the battle is His- truly amazing how He gets our attention!!
I understand your frustration. I feel your pain. Now let me give you the answer to this test. Julie posted how to fight against the spirit of Jezebel and win. Go back and read it and do what it says. As you do,all the directives in this blog will manifest. Even if your husband doesn’t change you will. Rest is a weapon. Praise is a weapon. Worship is a weapon. Just use your weapons. I will be praying for you.
much love your sister in Christ.
Amen, Jennifer! He’s awesome! I love how He speaks to us all at the same time!
I am the editor for our church newsletter and am getting ready to start working on October’s newsletter. Our pastor keeps talking about restoration and this word is so right on. I wanted to know if I could put this article in the newsletter (fully crediting you, of course)? If not, I understand, but I know it is so timely and would bless our congregation, as it has me. So much of what you are talking about, God has been speaking to me as well. Especially the verses Matt. 6:33, Ps. 46:10 and trusting and resting in Him. Thank you and God bless you! Karen Carter
Hi Karen. I’m so glad this also lines up with what God is speaking to your church! It’s awesome how He talks to His whole Body at once, isn’t it?
I’m honored that you would ask about the newsletter. I’ll email you about that separately. 🙂 Thanks!
The Holy Spirit is right on time. He is definitely using you during this season of my life. So much has changed since I reached out to you to pray for me. I know God is doing a 180 to realigned my life. Trust is the key word. Trusting in Him that His plans are good for us.
Amen! SOOO glad things have been shifting in your life! I have prayed for you. And yes… He’s such a good, good Father and I know He has amazing things in store for you. Hang in there, sister! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
Wow Jamie, what awesome directives. My whole heart is hoping that this truly is what Papa has for me this season, and yet – there’s been so much waiting, and grief and pain on the journey so far. God is so undoubtably good, and all my hope remains in him (after all, where else could I go? Who is there beside him?) but I feel far out at sea. I wonder if there are still years to wait for the promise – or did I assume a promise where there wasn’t one? Sorry Jamie, I’m not expecting you to have all these answers, just felt like sharing x
Amy, I understand the thing about wondering if you missed the promise–about wondering if you made it all up in your head. Years ago, God called me to preach. But many years passed and I didn’t see much progress toward that. (Looking back, I can see that He was growing the necessary character in me, but I didn’t see it at the time.) Anyway, I got to the place where I thought I must have imagined the call. After all, nothing was happening! But I started asking God to re-confirm His call to preach if that is what He was calling me to do.
Well, the funniest thing happened. I didn’t hear anything specific from God about it, but I started seeing the numbers “555” everywhere I went. I mean, everywhere! I’d look at the clock and it would be 5:55. The price of items would be $5.55. Everything was 555. And then one day, in my quiet time, I was reading Isaiah 55, and verse 5 jumped out at me. It says:
“Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
When I saw that, I didn’t even recognize the number at first, but I felt like the Lord was re-affirming my call to preach. And then I noticed the number: it’s chapter 55, verse 5! 555! And then I freaked out. All that time, God had been affirming to me that He had called me to preach, and I didn’t even realize what He was saying! Now I still see 555s all the time, but every time, I know exactly what God is saying. 🙂
Moral of the story: If you have a promise that you aren’t seeing come to fruition, ask God to confirm it to you. He will–and maybe in an unexpected way! 🙂
(And I’d love to hear how it turns out, if you happen to want to share.) 🙂
Jaime, your posts have been such a blessing to me. I have followed you for almost a year now. My life has changed soooooo much and you have played a part in that by being obedient and writing what Papa tells you to. My world is being shaken again now but in a good way. I am falling completely in love with Jesus and am excited to see the amazing things that will happen this season. Thank you and God Bless!
Wow, Anja, thank you so much for telling me that. Seeing people changed and overtaken by the love of Daddy God is what keeps me going. God’s love is the greatest thing on earth. I’m so thankful to Him. May He continue to bless you and lift you up as you humble yourself before him!