2016: A Year of ELEVATION!
As we’ve entered the New Year 2016 the Spirit of God has put a fresh word in my spirit for the body of Christ. The Word of the Lord is this: 2016 is a YEAR of ELEVATION. Now is the time the Spirit of the Lord is calling His people to ASCEND up the mountain of the LORD and to go HIGHER in the LORD than in past seasons. Are you ready to go HIGHER in HIM?! Hallelujah!
The first part of this Word is the Lord is drawing His people into a place of deeper intimacy. “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?” As we’ve entered 2016 it is good we are reminded that we have been called first back into that place of His Person and presence.
We are living in a time and season where intimacy with Jesus Christ has been traded in for intellectual accolades, the best sound and media software, the highest quality of lights, and the grandest structural buildings all while denying the presence of the One we claim to worship. What good is it if we do all the right things outwardly and yet refuse to know Jesus Christ personally and intimately?
I heard this question in my spirit: What are the marks of a genuine ministry in the Kingdom of God? It’s not how big the social platform is, or how many periscope followers one may have, or how flashy a ministry may seem! Many ministries are drawing attention to themselves but the Lord in this season is bringing His people to that place of simplicity where our lives and ministries resemble the nature and character of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is likeness to Jesus that determines the sincerity of our lives and ministries and brings much glory to HIS Name.
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Secondly, I’ve been hearing the Spirit of God say it is time of come up HIGHER. In this new year and season the Lord desires that we would not settle for the lower places and to those things that are holding us back from His best in our lives. “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.”(Psalm 24:4)
The Lord is desiring to bring us into a higher and deeper dimension of His Spirit but in order for that to happen some things will need to be left behind as we enter this new year. When we no longer settle for the way we have always done things and stop holding onto things that are hindering to us we are preparing to step into that higher place of ELEVATION in Him.
I am also hearing that this year there will be some in the body of Christ who have been in a place of obscurity and the Lord is going to draw you out publicly and ELEVATE you in this season as you have been found faithful and He has been preparing you for such a time as this.
It is TIME to SEEK the LORD like never before! The Lord is looking for those who will passionately pursue Him and His presence! The Lord will reward the hunger and thirst of our hearts! In this new year of ELEVATION are we hungry for God? Are we thirsty for the presence of the Living God? “This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face…” (Psalm 24:6)
Lord, we thank you for another year that You have brought us into, and let this be a year of going HIGHER, and DEEPER into Your person, Your presence, Your power, and to RISE UP to all You have called us to be!
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