A few days ago, the Lord began talking to me about what He has in store for
2019. When He did, He also told me several strategies we should use to see
His will manifest in our lives next year. I believe these strategies will
bless you also.
Here are the prophetic strategies the Lord gave me for 2019:
1. First, write seven “I am” statements to confess throughout your year.
Father God is anointing people for total transformation, and it starts with
re-defining who you are. If you want to participate in this, write down
seven statements that you will speak out loud over yourself from now
through 2019. Make these seven statements start with the words “I am,” and
be sure they talk about who you are, not about things you do.
Some of your statements will naturally pertain to the most important things
in life (e.g. being on fire for God). Others will be important because you
need to redefine who you are in those areas. Your seven “I am” statements
should all take your proverbial breath away.
These statements will frame your year. They should all make you feel like
you are walking into a wide, new world–a wonderland of
possibilities—because you are. Everything can change for you in 2019,
2. Get serious, for you are about to graduate—and the serious ones will
Father God is pouring out a grace right now for total transformation. He is
pouring out His anointing, grace, and help right now to help people
re-define who they are on paper first, and then implement the changes in
every area over the course of the next year. If you participate in the
transformational process, then in one year and one month or so from today,
your life can be totally different.
If you want this:
- There will be sacrifice.
- You will need a routine that you follow every day.
- You must define your path and write it down in advance.
- You must dedicate yourself to living purposefully every day.
It will be like final exam week at the university.
Nobody with good sense “goofs off” during final exam week. Instead, they
study, rest, and study some more. Every moment is taken up with studying
for the next exam, until the last one is over. But when the last exam is
over, they celebrate BIG:
- They celebrate because they made it through.
- They celebrate because they achieved a milestone.
- They celebrate because they don’t ever have to go back there.
If you will treat 2019 like final exam week, you will not ever have to
go back around this same, dumb mountain.
You will graduate, and you will enter your Promised Land. But, you’ll have
to be sober and vigilant. As 1 Peter 5:8-11 says:
“ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast
in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your
brotherhood in the world.
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by
Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish,
strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion
forever and ever. Amen.”
You’ve been suffering awhile already. Now is Father’s time to perfect you.
In the spirit, I see a vision of male student walking through a university campus.
He is walking purposefully down the sidewalk, up the steps, and into a
building. He knows where he is going. He carries his books under his arm,
head high, and is not distracted by anything. He is wearing eyeglasses so
he can see clearly. He has a job to do and is getting it done. He has a
calendar and is keeping every appointment. He is professional and takes his
job of learning seriously …… for he is about to graduate.
In the vision, this young student was walking a building. That building was
the dining hall at my local university. Remember Psalm 23:5:
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You
anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”
The Lord has prepared a table before you, and you are going to eat of
it in 2019.
The question is: Do you want what He has for you badly enough to
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil”
(Ephesians 5:15-16)? Because this is what it’s going to take. Only the
serious will appropriate everything He has. Everyone can receive
mercy drops from Heaven, but only the serious ones will receive EVERYTHING
God has for them.
The serious ones will receive everything.
The Lord hit me with that sentence so strongly that it physically knocked
me backward when I heard it: “The serious ones will receive everything.”
2019 is the year when the serious ones will receive everything. As we go
through our year-long final exam week, Father God will do more for us by
His might than we could have dreamed. But, He is going to require us to be
faithful and diligent first. Our diligence is the basket in which we can
receive His miracles.
Beloved, you are about to graduate,
and you’re going to get everything when you do—IF you are one of the
serious ones. So if you want total transformation, get serious today.
Forget those things which are behind, and reach forward to those things
that are ahead. Make every change you need to make, and do it between you
and Holy Spirit alone.
The giants you see before you today, you can never see again. You can
vanquish them, obliterate them, wipe them off the face of the planet. You
can occupy your Promised Land so fully and completely that you will not recognize your life by the end of next year.
3. The Lord’s word for the year is “contend.”
The Lord is calling people back to their old place of contending–but
contending is no longer going to be laborious; it’s going to be glorious
That is not to say that contending will be easy. I know it’s wonderful to
hear prophetic words about next seasons being easy, and I love to read
those words as much as the next person. But, that’s not what the Lord is
showing me for 2019.
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The Lord is showing me that 2019 is going to be a challenging year. Final
exam weeks are always challenging! However, I believe it will also be the
most victory-filled year we as a Body of Christ have ever experienced.
In order to see those victories manifest in our lives, we’re going to have to contend.
YOU are going to have to contend for whatever you want the Lord to do for
you in 2019. It’s not that Father isn’t ready, eager, and willing to pour
out His blessings on you. HE IS.
However, you passed a test recently. As a result of passing that test, you
got promoted to a higher level. This higher level is a place in which you
will experience higher-level warfare than you have ever experienced before.
You will need to contend in 2019 because the Lord wants to bring you every
victory–but you are now facing more opposition than you have ever faced.
4. The Scripture the Lord told me to stand on for the year is Hebrews 4:16:
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
In 2019, remember to pray boldly and expect answers. EXPECT Father God to
pour out mercy, grace, and help on you when you pray.
5. Reclaim the night watches in prayer.
People in the early church woke up to pray multiple times during the night.
They prayed multiple times a day. King David of ancient times set aside
seven special times a day for a praise break (Psalm 119:164). Our modern
church has let the night watches–and the day watches, too, sometimes–fall
to the ground.
The Lord is calling His people to reclaim the night watch. Fourth watch
(from 3:00 – 6:00 AM) is going to be particularly important and strategic,
but you may hear the Lord calling you to prayer at any hour of the night.
When you hear Him, say the words of Samuel the prophet: “Speak, Lord, for
Your servant hears.”
The Lord is pouring out an anointing for nighttime prayer that we have never seen before.
“Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have
held—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open
before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut:
‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will
break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will
give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places,
that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the
God of Israel”
The Lord desires to sit VISIBLY enthroned on all your circumstances. This
is the year in which He will bring Himself more glory in your life than
ever before. If you want Him to do so, you are going to have to contend in
prayer—praying violently, fiercely, knowing what outcome you want based on
what the Lord promised you, and refusing to give up until you get what you
In 2019, the Lord is calling people to reclaim their place and time of
contending. And reclaiming the night watches is going to be easy.
You will find the Lord waking you and calling you to pray. You will have to
overcome the urges of your flesh in order to answer, but you will find as
soon as you do that your spirit will dominate over your flesh instantly.
You will feel a holy ease and anointing to reclaim the night watches in
prayer. In many cases, losing sleep will not even make you tired.
Father may also direct you to make some health changes; if He does, those changes will help you reclaim your nighttime prayer watches. However, His anointing will do the rest.
6. You will also experience a new anointing on your prayer language in 2019.
Father showed me that many people have let their prayer languages lie
fallow. If you are one of those people, the gift of tongues has become to
you like a common thing. Praying in the Spirit has felt like meaningless
babble to you for awhile now.
However, despite your feelings, your prayer language was never meaningless
babble. It was always–and has always been–a key to unlock the heavenlies for you
You didn’t realize it, but the enemy was stealing your revelation and use
of your prayer language by obscuring its wonder with fatigue and cynicism
toward what felt like mundane charismata.
Starting today, you are going to war with your prayer language.
You will find Holy Spirit’s anointing on your prayer language like never
before. The Lord is unleashing barrages of declarations and decrees that
will enforce His will on the earth. He is doing this through the prayer
languages of His people.
7. Next, make a list of things to contend for.
You need a prayer list in 2019. Even if you have never used a prayer list
before, you need one now. You will feel the anointing of Holy Spirit on
your list as Jesus pours out His Spirit of grace and supplication on you
while you are faithful to pray.
Contend for the things on your list over and over. Be one of the people of
faith that Jesus said He will be looking for in Luke 18:1-8—people whose
real faith is demonstrated by persistent, unyielding prayer. Stand on the
wall in prayer until you see everything on your list accomplished.
8. Ask God to open doors you never saw coming.
Specifically pray for double doors to open–and for the opening of doors
and opportunities that were previously barred shut.
In many cases, Father God has allowed delays and hindrances in many things
because the solutions you thought would solve your problem were not good
enough. Every closed door means a better solution somewhere, for all things
work together for your good if you love God and are called according to His
purpose. Therefore, pray and claim God’s promise to open doors and shut
other doors as only He can do.
9. Last but not least, 2019 is the year of the pioneer and the year of the entrepreneur.
God has gone before you through a wilderness season and even into the
Promised Land. Now, however, He is expanding your vision. He is
re-awakening many, especially in the fields of business.
Many failed business ideas have made entrepreneurs in the Body feel like
failures. However, Father God sees all of it as part of His building
process. He is going to place His hand softly onto entrepreneurs and
visionaries in 2019, thrusting them out gently again into the realms of
business. This time, however, it won’t hurt.
The Lord says to entrepreneurs and pioneers:
“Many paths before you appear fallow, but one of them will blossom like a
rose. You have done well, good and faithful servant, and have served me in
ways you will not know until I show you your fruit in the halls of Heaven.
Now, however, I will reward you. Expect it to be difficult in the sense
that you will have to work, but expect it to be easy in the sense that I
make all things new. You will see the difference in this season, for it is
the season of your reward.”
2019 is final exam week.
I believe it will be a challenging year in which the serious shall obtain
everything. But it will also be a rewarding year, for you will see the
greatest victories of your life manifest this year.
To see those victories, you will need to contend like never before–but you
will find the Captain and Lord of hosts in your prayer closet with you. His
Spirit of grace and supplication is eager to work with you to glorify
Father’s name on the earth, and you shall be the vessel of His praise and
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