A few days ago, the Lord began talking to me about what He has in store for 2019. When He did, He also told me several strategies He wants me to use to see His will manifest in my life next year. I want to share these strategies with you over the next several days, as I believe they will help and bless you also.
At the end of this post, I will also share the first part of the prophetic word Holy Spirit is giving me for 2019. But first, prophetic strategy #1:
The first strategy that He showed me was to write seven “I am” statements to frame your year.
Father God is anointing people for total transformation, and it starts with re-defining who you are.
So, He told me to write down seven statements that I will speak out loud over myself from now through 2019. These seven statements had to begin with the words “I am.”
When I sat down to write my seven “I am” statements, it was a little bit more challenging than I had expected. Why? Because I kept starting to write “I do”-type statements instead! The Lord wanted me to say who and what I am, but in order to do that, I had to bite back statements like:
- “I speak words of life constantly.” (It's a great statement, but it's an action–“I speak”–not a state of being [“I am”].)
- “I eat only healthy food. (Another great confession, but it's another action–not a definition of who I am.)
- “I exercise three times a week.” – Yeahhhhh.
So I started and stopped a few times, but I eventually got my seven “I am” statements.
Here are my seven “I am” statements for the new year:
… Well, the ones I'm willing to share publicly, anyway …
- I am more on fire for God than I've ever been in my life.
- I am a healthy, fit size 8.
- I am full of grace, shalom peace, joy, and power.
- I am organized.
- I am faithful to the Lord's call.
Now, keep in mind that these things do not even come close to summarizing my “goals” for 2019.
But goals are a totally different thing. Goals are about actions and due dates, and these “I am” statements are about re-defining who you are. Two totally different things.
So my seven “I am” statements are not my goals. However, they are the things that immediately came to mind when I sat down to write my statements. Some of them are important to me because they're the most important things in life (e.g. being on fire for God–#1–and being full of His Kingdom–#3). Others are important to me because I need to redefine who I am in those areas (#2, #5).
All of them take my proverbial breath away.
They all make me feel like I am walking into a wide, new world–a wonderland of possibilities. And I am … but so are you. Everything can change for you and me both in 2019, because:
Father God is pouring out a grace right now for total transformation.
For some reason, God always talks to me about the new calendar year at the end of November–about 40 days before the new year actually begins. He actually has me start living the new year at the same time, about 40 days before it actually begins.
I don't understand exactly why, but the sense I get is that by starting to live the new year now, I don't get caught up in the start/fail mentality that is so easy to fall into when you only pay attention to the secular new year's festivities.
So anyway, Papa talks to me about the new calendar year early. He has me start living it early, and He tells me early what He wants for the new year. And what He told me today is that He is pouring out a grace for total transformation.
Not just partial transformation. Total transformation.
Father God is pouring out His anointing, grace, and help right now to help people re-define who they are on paper first, and then implement the changes in every area over the course of the next year. The long picture is that, in one year and 38 days or so from today, your life can be totally transformed in every area.
Totally changed. Total transformation.
If you want this:
- There will be sacrifice.
- You will need a routine that you follow every day.
- You must define your path and write it down in advance.
- You must dedicate yourself to living purposefully every every day.
It will be like final exam week at the university.
Nobody with sense goofs off during final exam week. Instead, they study, rest, and study some more. Every moment is taken up with studying for the next exam, until the last one is over. But when the last exam is over, they celebrate BIG:
- They celebrate because they made it through.
- They celebrate because they achieved a milestone.
- They celebrate because they don't ever have to go back there.
And Papa God is telling me that, if we will treat 2019 like final exam week, you will not ever have to go back around this same, dumb mountain.
Did you hear that? Let me say it again:
If you will treat 2019 like final exam week, you will not ever have to go back around this same, dumb mountain.
You will graduate, and you will enter your Promised Land. But, you'll have to be sober and vigilant.
First Peter 5:8-11 says:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
You've been suffering awhile already. Now is Father's time to perfect you.
The question is, do you want this?
Do you want what He has for you?
Do you want what He has for you badly enough to “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16)?
Because this is what it's going to take. Only the serious will appropriate everything. Everyone can receive mercy drops of what they want from above. Some will be a little more serious, so they will receive a little more. But the serious ones will receive EVERYTHING God has for them.
That hit me in my spirit really deeply: the serious ones will receive everything.
I'm tempted to back up from typing that, because “everything” to me is an awful lot. It's a scary thing to prophesy, and I didn't start this word intending to prophesy it. That sentence just kind of hit me as I was writing and praying through this word. But it hit me deep in the gut, like a 40-caliber slug from the Holy Spirit's smoking pistol. It knocked me backward when it hit me, literally.
And although my flesh wants to back up so I won't risk being wrong, I can't back up. It's hitting me deep, and I believe it's the Lord.
I believe 2019 is the year when the serious ones will receive everything. I believe that as we go through our year-long final exam week, Father God will so anoint us to finish things and perfect things–in many cases, things already put in place and set in motion–that we will be astounded to see Him move through our efforts plus His grace and power.
I believe that He will do more by His mighty hand than we ever could have dreamed, but He is going to require us to be faithful and diligent first–for our diligence makes the basket for us to hold His miracles in.
2019 will be final exam week. I can't get away from that.
The serious ones will receive everything.
In the spirit, I see a vision of male student walking through a university campus.
He is walking purposefully down the sidewalk, up the steps, and into a building. He knows where he is going. He carries his books under his arm, head high, and is not distracted by anything. He is wearing eyeglasses so he can see clearly. He has a job to do and is getting it done. He has a calendar and is keeping every appointment. He is professional and takes his job of learning seriously …
… for he is about to graduate.
And by the way: In the vision, the building this young student walks into is the building at my local university where the dining hall is. HELLO. Psalm 23:5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” The Lord has prepared a table before you, and you are going to eat of it in 2019.
Beloved, I can't get away from it. You are about to graduate …
… and you're going to get everything when you do.
If, that is.
If you are one of the serious ones.
Ephesians 5:8-14 says:
Therefore He says:
‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
If you are serious about transformation for the next year and 38 days, your entire life can change.
Do you want this?
If you do, get serious now. Get serious today. Forget those things which are behind, and reach forward to those things that are ahead. Block off your entire calendar if you have to. Do whatever it takes, and do it between you and Holy Spirit alone.
But do it. 2019 is final exam week. The giants you see before you today, you can never see again. You can vanquish them, obliterate them, wipe them off the face of the planet. You can occupy your Promised Land so fully and completely that you will not recognize your life in one year and 38 days.
Do you want this?
2019 is final exam week. And strangely enough, the season for what God is doing starts now. Begin now.
2019 is final exam week.