This limbo week between Christmas and the new year is a strange one. That in between phase of wanting desperately to start that new healthy lifestyle, but you still have all the holiday leftovers to work your way through.
One of my favourite things to do during this weird week is to reflect on the Words I have received, either from people that have prophetically spoken into my life, or from quiet moments of intimacy with the Lord. I am always greatly encouraged by this.
This last year has been a challenging one. If I compare (what felt like a bit of a wobbly) 2019 to the year before it, I can definitely see a glaringly obvious difference: focus. Despite all the encouragement and prophetic input from people I consider my tribe, I struggled to keep focused on what I know in my heart of hearts, God was leading me to do.
There are so many awesome prophetic Words doing the rounds on social media. Many ministers that I have great respect for, all seem to be gearing up for a year where they expect to see great visions fulfilled in 2020. I get really excited about what these anointed men and women of God are saying, but I also know that I will not experience the outcome of these prophecies unless I align myself with them.
Over recent years I have discovered that a prophetic Word is not guaranteed as a definite outcome. And the “fault” is not with the prophet – their only responsibility is to deliver the message they were given. My responsibility is to take that Word and work it out: running it through the Faith engine.
“What’s a Faith engine?” I hear you ask. Ha! We all have one. It’s made up out of 3 compartments: the mind, the heart and the mouth. This Faith engine is of utmost importance if we want to process the Word of God and align ourselves to experience the effect of it in our physical world.
The Faith Engine in Action:
The first time you used your Faith engine, was when you received Jesus as your Saviour. You probably heard a message (whether it be a sermon or a testimony). That message were processed through the mind, and even though you may have found the information unusual or had to grapple with a new concept or two, it stirred something in your heart.
Emotional experiences are not essential for an authentic rebirth into the Kingdom of Heaven. Inviting Jesus into your heart, however, does something in the heart that moves us into a position of confidence that what we have heard is true. So much so, that we are willing to make a physical confession of our faith in Christ.
“For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” – Romans 10:10 NLT
Joyce Meyer says it well: “Where the mind goes, the man follows”. The mind can be our most powerful ally or our worst enemy. Whatever we focus our mind on, will become a reality in our lives.
We are encouraged to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). The mind is where the enemy wage war! His only strategy is deception: to get us to align ourselves with his lies and shift our focus from who we truly are and what is rightfully ours. We are unable to defend ourselves against his tactics if aren’t filled with the truth. It is in fact, only the truth that we know (and apply!), that will set us free.
That’s why we are encouraged to keep our minds fixed on things above. (Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8). What are you focused on? Have you kept that prophecy you received at the start of the year, at the forefront of your thought life?
The helmet of Salvation (see Ephesians 6:10-20) is a crucial part of our armour if we want to stay focused on what God has promised us for the year ahead. The enemy wants shift your focus off your Salvation and everything that comes with the package (see Psalm 103:1-5), and onto all your problems. If he has your attention, you can wave goodbye to seeing that prophetic Word come to pass.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23 NLT
How do we guard our hearts? By what we think about! By what we focus on! This is why the mind is so very important. What we let into our eyes and ears will filter through the mind and, whether good (life-producing) or bad (death-producing), settle in our hearts. What have you been storing up in your heart?
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” – Matthew 12:35 NLT
You also need to protect your heart with the breastplate of Righteousness (See Ephesians 6:10-20). The enemy loves to discourage us by making us focus on our shortcomings, our failures and mistakes. We become what we focus on. The Bible says that we are the Righteousness of God in Christ. God is pleased with us and we are in right standing with Him. Always.
When the enemy hits us with guilt and condemnation, we can immediately confess our sins and be totally restored in our relationship with Him. Don’t allow the enemy shift your focus on where you fall short. It will only keep you in a cycle of perpetual failure. Rather, fill your heart with the truth of who God says you are!
Why is it so important to guard our hearts? Because it determines the course of your entire life. What comes out of the heart (through the mouth) is a creative force. You are created in the image of the Creator who formed the whole world through the Words He spoke!
Faith is released through the mouth. Whatever you have stored up in your heart has created the reality that you are experiencing right now. Hopefully it is a good one! The good news is, you can create a new reality if you need to.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21, NIV
Are your words in alignment with the prophecy you have received? If God has promised you breakthrough, but you keep speaking about your bondage, you are rendering that prophetic Word powerless.
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” – Matthew 15:11, NLT
James 3:1-11, depicts the enormous power that is contained in our itty bitty tongue. The author compares it to a bid in a horse’s mouth, the little rudder steers an entire ship or a little spark that can burn a whole forest to the ground!
Of all the pieces of armour at our disposal, we only have one piece that can do some damage to the kingdom of darkness and that is the Sword of the Spirit: the Word of God. We wield the Sword as we speak and declare the Word. As we speak, we start to align our reality with what God said. And if we are consistent, through patient endurance, we WILL start to experience breakthrough, and see that prophetic Word come to life.
A strategy for 2020:
I am determined to see these amazing prophetic Words come to fruition in my life in 2020. But I know it’s not going to fall on my lap. I will need to contend for it and stand my ground. I need to be prepared and this is my strategy:
I will keep my mind fixed on the Word, filling myself with the truth of who I am in Christ and meditating on the promises He has made.
I will guard my heart. I will not allow unbelief, condemnation or guilt to settle. I will keep a vigilant eye on what I allow myself to ruminate on.
I will speak Life! I will release my Faith by bringing my words in alignment with the Words God has spoken over me.
Will you join me? Let’s see what God does in 2020 as we align our hearts and words with his heart and Word.
Today, I hear God declaring: “My Glorious Child, you were created for the impossible. As you align your faith with my Word and release it with your mouth, breakthrough WILL be yours in this year to come. My plans are to prosper you, to give you a beautiful future and an unshakeable hope. Hold tight to my Word, it’s going to be a miraculous year!” ❤