I took a few moments away from the holiday craziness, sat in my car and thought about the year gone by. When I think back to January, and how I set out with confidence in what God promised me for 2019 and the mandate He had written on my heart, I am a little bit sad and disappointed in myself for losing focus.
I am so blessed to have an amazing mentor, who trained me to hear from God and a tribe of prophetic friends who speak into my life. It is because of their love and input in my life that I have been encouraged to seek God for direction for ever year. This year, I felt that God was taking me back to the drawing board, so to speak. It is time to go deeper into my identity in Christ.
Becoming a Christian at an early age, meant that I had the privilege to hear a lot about the message of God’s Grace. But even though I was told that God loved me and that I was His child, I struggled to believe and fully understand it. It was many years later, just after my beautiful little girl was born, that the penny dropped. As I encountered the Love of the Father, whilst watching a Disney movie in a theatre, I finally understood and knew in my heart, that I was indeed, a child of God.
This last year, I feel like my focus has shifted from this reality a little, and I have slightly unravelled. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that I am a new Creation, that old things have passed away and everything has become new. But if I could sum up 2019, it would be, all the old things seem to have returned! I don’t want to be in this place again, come December 2020. That is why I am setting out to let the Word for this year, do the work in me.
The Power is in the Word
One of my not so helpful skills, is the gift of striving. It’s not a gift, really! I have moved from leaning on the Word of God to bring change, to trying to do the work myself. And it didn’t work out so well for me. James 1:21 says that as we put off all the filth and mess, and we (instead) receive the implanted Word of God into our hearts, that it will save our souls! The Word does the work! Those things that we cannot change ourselves, will transform if we allow the Word to take root in us. The Word is the Power that is at work to save us, but we have to implant it in our hearts.
You must handle the Truth!
There is something really powerful that happens when we receive the Word into our hearts and work it out into our reality. Whether it is a prophetic Word from someone or a direct Word from an intimate moment with the Lord, it will only come alive if we handle it correctly. We first need to accept, welcome and receive it. Believe it. And then we need to look after that implanted seed. Nurture it, speak life over it, protect it. Until we can feel it kick on the inside.
Nothing is Impossible
There is such a divine frustration in my heart, when I see a disconnect with what God promises us as His children, and the experiences we have in this world. I remember standing in my bedroom a few years ago, after praying for a friend and not seeing breakthrough and I asked the Lord, “You said nothing is impossible! Why does this seem impossible?” The Holy Spirit lead me to Luke 1:31 where the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah!
The Amplified Classic version says: “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” (emphasis added)
There it is! No Word from God shall be without power. It is the Word that carries the power. It is the Word that carries the Salvation we need. I love that John 1 describes Jesus as the Word made flesh.
You see, Mary didn’t have any natural evidence that she was pregnant. The only thing she had was a Word, given by an Angel. But she responded in faith.
You have to say Yes!
Mary’s response is so beautiful. She was overwhelmed and confused, but she said yes. She said: “Let it be unto me, according to your Word!” So many times, I have received one Word, only to rush to the next one. Not really digesting the previous Word or letting it sink deep into my heart, so that it could conceive the impossible.
God will never override our willingness to say yes to what He wants to do on the Earth. He didn’t force Mary into His plan for Salvation. He invited her, and she said yes! And by His Spirit and Mary’s obedience, Salvation was born.
Protect the Promise
It saddens me to say that I have neglected the promises spoken over my life. Mary is a great example of looking after the Word she had been given. She immediately removed herself from the crowd and went to stay with her cousin, who was also expecting supernaturally. How wonderful it must have been for Mary to see Elizabeth’s progress and to have this story of God doing the impossible, right in front of her, as she waited for her promise to “start showing.”
When you are given a Word from God, it is important that you keep it in front of you. When we listen and pay attention to the testimonies around us of those who have birthed the impossible, our faith will grow and we will be able to protect our own “babies” from being affected by unbelief.
Surrounding yourself with people who will encourage and speak life over you, is of vital importance. So take care who you share it with. Not everyone will believe and speak life into you. And that’s OK. I’m sure few people understood what Mary was experiencing at the time; she was either uneducated and did not understand the story about the birds and the bees, or she was unfaithful. Throw in an Angel, and she might even have been crazy!
But Elizabeth was there to believe her, stand with her, agree with hear and journey with her. Until she could feel that Glorious baby kick! Find your Elizabeth. You don’t need a crowd, just one Elizabeth.
At hearing the Word from the Angel about his own supernatural baby (John the Baptist) Zachariah (Elizabeth’s husband) responded very differently to Mary. The result was that the Angel shut his mouth and he couldn’t speak until the baby was born!
How you speak, will affect the outcome of the Word that God gives you for 2020. If you’re speaking differently to what God promises you, you cannot expect to see it come to life. It’s just that simple.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21, NIV. Speak life, and you will enjoy the fruit of those words in December 2020. Well, I’ll be serving up some fruit salad, just watch this blog!
Birthing the impossible in 2020:
If I want to start living from my true identity, it will take intentionality and consistency. I never realised that my heart is the womb, where the impossible is conceived. That I need to look after the Word, protect it and feed it, for as long as it takes to see it become flesh. So how do we do it?
Proverbs 4:20-26 (NLT) sums it up neatly:
My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.
Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
Today, I hear God inviting us to partner with Him to birth the impossible in 2020: “Beloved Child, you have been created for the impossible. You were meticulously designed and placed where you are, for such a time as this. There is a beautiful purpose and plan for you, for this year. I invite you to say yes to my plan. Receive my Word and let it grow in your heart, you will see the impossible unfold right before your eyes. I am ready to speak to you, just quiet yourself and listen. Let me give you a Word that will transform you and bring Salvation from the inside out. It doesn’t matter where you find yourself in this life-journey, I can lead you where you need to go, because I am the God of the impossible. And I love you.” ❤