Normally as I head into the New Year I prayerfully worship my way through a theme, dream or word over my personal life and business. This year I feel as if the Lord shifted my focus onto a global prophetic word that I’ll share below.
Victory - an act of defeating an enemy
For the global church, I feel as if the the Lord is saying in 2019 He will bring great victory.
We (the church body) can’t craft it, create it or manifest it.
It’s through the grace, might and power that He brings it.
This victory is NOT ABOUT US. It’s about HIM.
THE VICTORY IN HIM WILL LEAD OTHERS TO KNOW HIM.
I was led to Mark 2 where Jesus heals a paralyzed man. I’ll link the verses at the end of this post, because it’s powerful.
Here’s a brief summary.
Jesus was preaching, the room was packed. Four men brought in a paralyzed man on a stretcher. Those men had radical faith that motivated them to rip the dried-mud-roof off a house to get their friend in proximity of the Son, Jesus. Jesus stops teaching and sees their faith. He then brings spiritual healing and forgives the paralyzed man’s sins. Religious leaders doubt Jesus held the authority to do that. Jesus responds with words of knowledge and said “Why do you question these things in your heart…” He then physically heals the paralyzed man. All were amazed and glorified God.
KEY POINTS I FELT GOD WAS HIGHLIGHTING FOR THE GLOBAL CHURCH in 2019:
Before the victory, there was a group on mission to get close to Jesus.
Let’s come together in unity, like those four men, to care for the sick, weak, forgotten, lame, those in pain, burdened, lost or forgotten and bring them to Jesus. Jesus was preaching, and those men stepped into what Jesus was already doing because they knew He held the solution. As Believers, let’s pursue Jesus with roof-shattering faith and bring others with us.
Jesus pointed the doubters and haters to Himself by bringing spiritual and physical victory to others.
We’ll be entering into a season where God is positioning the faith-filled ones to walk in greater favor and victory over the enemy. Not because we earned or deserved it, it’s just because of who Jesus is. It’s actually not about us at all, this victory is a byproduct of being so intimately connected with the Creator. We just need to carry a willingness to enter into what Jesus is doing and desire to continually get close to Him, not in a manipulative way to earn victory, but with a pure heart to honor Him with our lives.
It’s not about the Believer, it’s about the Beloved.
Let’s notice the miraculous and glorify Him when the victory comes.
edited to add: Dec. 29, 2018 - Over the last three nights the Lord has been showing me things that confirm the above word. May the things I experienced in the darkness be a reminder of the light of Christ and the victory that will come in 2019.
Three nights ago I was sleeping and woke up suddenly feeling terrified. I’ll try and explain this as simply as I can… I felt as if something was creeping around my room. My kids were still sleeping in their room and no one else was physically awake in the house. I saw floating black circle things (not sure how to communicate this?!) of darkness surrounding the right side of my bed. I felt really afraid, wondered if I ate too much pizza and hid under the covers.
Two nights ago I was awakened by a noise and the same experience happened again. It felt as if someone was there (there wasn’t) and the darkness was again beside my bed. I could feel the darkness, was totally creeped out, began to pray and again, hid under my covers asking Jesus to take it away.
That morning I talked with my husband who isn’t one to jump right into a serious conversation about potentially seeing demons in the middle of the night…. but we went there. We discussed if we had any sin creeping around (we didn’t feel convicted) and wondered what the heck was going on.
Last night I couldn’t sleep. I was terrified. I felt like my nights were turning into a spiritual battle I had no comprehension to fully process through. To risk going to sleep meant that I might be awakened by creepy lurker demons in the middle of the night. Two nights of them appearing by my bedside was enough. I struggled with fear for hours. I settled in to try and sleep and faced the left side of the bed so I didn’t have to face the darkness. I then felt the Lord say in my Spirit
“You have to face the enemy to see the victory.”
I wanted to respond like a baby and ignore it. But this felt WAY bigger than me. So again, totally creeped out by what’s happening beyond the midnight hours, I turned and faced the right side of my bed and began to pray and face the battle that I knew was to come.
Then, half asleep I was awakened by a noise. It felt different. I saw these smears of light and felt deep peace. I was still afraid because… what the heck?! This was intense… But it wasn’t a creepy fear but one that felt holy, special and heavy. The lights represented Jesus and that the battle was won. There was no more darkness, or chaos. Just peace. Thank you, God!
The victory for 2019 feels heavy and really BIG. It is bringing things into completion because the battle is won. If we don’t honor Christ with the victory, our Spirit will grieve and mourn as if the battle was lost.
What happened the last three nights is beyond my human comprehension, yet it aligns with the word that’s been on my Spirit for the global church for 2019.
We may face the darkness.
We may face adversity.
We don’t always have an understanding of WHY this is happening and may feel scared in the middle of the battle. We may even try to run or hide from it.
We have to face those battles and trust that Jesus is there and will protect us. We have to STOP HIDING. We have to trust Jesus in the middle of the battle and lean in to catch a glimpse of Him (even a glimpse under piles of blankets). It’s enough to see the victory.
Perhaps the local church or even you personally have been visited by the enemy. Complete victory will come through Jesus - catch a glimpse of Him.
2019 will be a season where we need to notice the Divinely orchestrated. Where Believers will catch themselves saying “I feel like I was at the right place at the right time…” because of the victory and favor that flows, almost like it’s a fluke. It’s not, obviously. God is just positioning us as a way to connect hearts to His.
For the local church, create space for the victory to take place and celebrate when it does! Holy Spirit will empower people to notice and respond by giving their lives to Christ. It’ll be a year for church growth and His presence will be known at a deeper, more intimate level.
Again in 2019:
the faithless will become faithful-ones through witnessing THE BELIEVERS’ battles that Christ won.
Let’s be on mission to get close to Jesus,
notice the miraculous
and glorify Him when the enemy is defeated and the victory comes.