2018 is going to be a huge year for believers in Christ. The prophetic word for 2018 that the Lord has shown me is that He is bringing His people a sevenfold resurrection! This sevenfold resurrection is for you who feel that you've been killed by enemy attack, circumstances, or trauma within the Body of Christ.
Ezekiel 37:4-10 describes what the Lord has in store for you in 2018. It says:
Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: ‘Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”'
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
Also He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Here are the seven facets of the resurrection that is coming to you in 2018:
1. First, you will receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.
You may have already been filled with the Holy Spirit, but you can never be filled too many times. The early church cried out for fresh filling of the Spirit continually, and they received Him for whom they asked continually. This should be our goal as well!
As you enter the new year, and throughout 2018, continually cry out to the Lord for a fresh baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire. Luke 11:13 promises that He will always answer this prayer.
2. You will be filled with new life.
Remember that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Deuteronomy 8:3 says:
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
As you receive fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, with His fresh baptism of fire, your ability to hear the Lord will be re-energized. The Word you hear and receive will fill you with new life, and you will be comforted.
3. You will be functional again!
Many of you feel like parts of your life have been derailed. Over the last two years, in many respects you have only been able to scrape by and have had to neglect many things.
In 2018, that is going to change. The new life that will fill you from Holy Spirit will empower you to function as a whole person again. The parts of your life will move and work together again.
Don't put pressure on yourself to conquer every part of your life at once. Instead, just abide in Jesus, follow His voice, and He will guide you through to victory, one moment at a time. You will notice His holy ease flowing through you to “do the work” again, and it will be easier than it ever was before.
4. You will have a fresh ability to work in community with the Body of Christ.
Many of you have felt isolated–whether by your own inability to keep all the plates spinning, or because the enemy has tried to derail you. In 2018, you will again be connected to the Body and able to work in community with fellow believers. New strength will also flow into your life as you regain this vital connection to the Body.
5. You will experience fresh healing and immunity to the attacks of the enemy.
As you wait upon the Lord and bask in your renewed intimacy with Jesus and Holy Spirit in 2018, you will find the Lord healing your heart of many deep wounds. In particular, the Lord showed me that He will restore your reputation if it has been damaged by enemy fire. What the enemy meant for evil, God will use for good. You will be blessed with seven times more goodwill than that was stolen from you.
When He heals you, His healing will lift you further up into the shadow of His wings. As a result of your deeper intimacy with Jesus, you will find yourself immune to many attacks of the enemy in a whole new way. Rejoice in this!
6. Your faith will be renewed!
2018 is a time to magnify the Lord–to look at Him bigger. As you magnify Him in your life, abiding in Jesus through all things, your faith will be renewed. You will again mount up with wings as eagles. You shall run, and not be weary; you shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
7. You will receive a financial renewal if you position yourself to receive it.
For 2018, He quickened this word in my heart from Psalm 65:11-13:
You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.”
Flocks represent wealth, businesses, and business assets. Grain represents provision. In 2017, Father has been calling many people into entrepreneurship. He has been showing people the new, creative business ideas and financial strategies that they need to prosper.
In 2018, this will intensify. If you follow the paths the Lord has shown you, you will find that those paths drip with abundance.
However, it's very important to note that this passage from Psalm 65 does talk about BOTH God's goodness AND His paths. His goodness is simply poured out on us because He is a good Father, and He loves us. But, following His paths is different. Following His paths–walking into those places that drip with abundance–requires us to actively take steps of obedience.
A word of warning: If you do not obey whatever God has shown you for your family's finances, you will not see the abundance the Lord longs to bring you. That abundance is found only along His paths, and you must walk those paths to receive His rewards.
A sevenfold resurrection is coming, and your faith is activating this word in your life as you read it.
So I prophesy to you: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live!” In 2018, God's goodness and abundance will drop on the pastures of the wilderness. Things that were once dry and dead in your life will spring to life again. Your faith will be restored and renewed by the fresh baptism of the Spirit and fire.
You will experience resurrection on every side if you have faith to believe it. And, as you draw closer to God, your previously-empty pastures will be clothed with flocks, and the valleys covered with grain.
Does this word resonate in your heart and confirm what the Lord has been speaking to you? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear what Papa is saying to you!