I seek the Lord for a Word for the year. The following is what He impressed upon me in Dec/Jan. Here is my quarterly newsletter article from Jan. It is incredibly relevant for where we are today.
From My Heart, Winter 2020
Happy New Decade!
I believe this is the greatest decade to be alive. As I was praying about this New Year I sensed the Lord wanted to highlight the decade more than the year. Here are some thoughts that came to mind as I sought the Lord for this new decade. These are for your discernment.
This is the decade that Jesus’ prophetic words will be fulfilled!
And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. Matt.24.14
We are just a few years away from everyone having the opportunity to hear the Good News about Jesus. It is one of the clearest prophecies that must be fulfilled before the return of Jesus. Once this happens, I do not know when the Father will activate His End Time plan. Will it be immediately after the last person hears or will it be a longer period of time? Who knows? But I do know that its fulfillment is the last hurdle before Jesus’ return!
Another thing that I felt like the Lord highlighted for this decade is the intersection of Psalm 8 and Romans 8. Psalm 8 says that God created mankind a little lower than Himself and he has given us dominion over the earth realm. That dominion has been twisted and perverted, abused and misused by humanity and Satan. Romans 8 emphasizes that creation longs for the unveiling of the mature sons of God.
I believe we will see an unveiling of what mature sons and daughters of God look like in this decade. They will walk in maturity, love, power and truth and bring order, light and love into this dark, chaotic time. This is a decade of renewal. I do not mean refreshment but that things will resume to the original mandate. This is not the decade of repeat and small stirrings. For the child of God pressing into the heart of God, this is the decade of renewal…shifting into our true identity as mature sons and daughters of God.
I do not pretend to think that it will be easy and smooth, but as God’s children walk in their identity and calling in the earth realm it will be a clear representation of what “Kingdom come, will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” looks like. There will be a clear distinction between the wheat and the tares (Mt.13.40-41) and between the sons of the Kingdom and the sons of darkness and even between the mature and immature sons of God. This is the time to press into the full expression of Romans 8 Christianity.
The Lord also highlighted this phrase to me, “David was not impressed with Goliath nor should you; he was impressed with Me.” All Israel including its leaders were impressed with Goliath. In fact, they were so impressed that they were immobilized for 40 days. They quit advancing against the enemy because they were afraid of Goliath’s strength, size, skill and loud pronouncements and the longer they waited the harder it was to fight.
I believe many Christians will stall out this decade thinking they cannot stem the tide of evil, darkness, confusion and they’ll move into this “hunker down until Jesus returns” mode. I am telling you, “In the name of Jesus get up and advance.” When people see the light of God in you they will not be satisfied or intimidated with the darkness. When David advanced against Goliath and defeated him, it rallied the entire Israelite army to defeat their enemy.
Some of you are in families or work environments or age groups or you see cultural issues and you feel like you cannot do a thing. You say, “It will never change…it will always be that way…it’s too big of an issue…blah, blah, blah.” I tell you as your brother in Christ to stand as a maturing son or daughter of God and express the Light of God into that situation and over time and you will be overwhelmed at what happens. People, resources, ideas and like will start streaming to you and the enemy will not be able to stand against you and the Kingdom of God will advance.
Go full throttle after the dreams, desires and leadings of God this decade. I believe as you do, this will be the most successful and fulfilling season of your life. This is not the time to land the plane, but to fly to new heights and go to new places!