by Lyn Packer
As I have prayed and waited on the Lord for some insight into this coming year I felt three words impressed on my heart. These three words were...
Intimacy, Identity and Intentionality.
This article contains prophetic insight into these things. It will obviously contain my thoughts but I also believe it contains God's heart for things that we need to apply in our lives in this coming year and in this season that the Church is in. While I don't claim to be a prophet I am one of God's children and, as such, can hear His voice and know His heart. It is from that standpoint that I share these insights with you.
This year has been one of epic shifting and changing, both in the natural and in the Spirit, and that will continue on into the next few years ahead as the Lord awakens and brings the Church into the fullness of her identity as the glorious sons and daughters of the Living God. As He does she will be like the captives who returned to Zion - she will revel in His love with great joy and laughter.
Psalm 126:1-3 When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like those who dream. Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!
Epic change era
While we are not yet what we shall become, we are not what we were, either. Things are changing – the Church is in transition. 2011 is recognised by many prophetic people to be a year of transition – transitioning from and transitioning to...
We are in an epic change era; a reformation is happening that will, in the end, be as huge as Martin Luther's reformation of the 1500's. Mindsets and theologies are changing as God reveals things that have been hidden in the Word in plain sight, yet missed by most of the Church until now. Over the last few centuries the Lord has been restoring to the Church that which she lost, as church became institutionalized and conceptual instead of living, organic, relational and power-filled. Christianity is again becoming a vital living relationship that releases the power and love of God, and in so doing establishes the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
The Church is coming back to her first love and it is glorious to see and be a part of. What amazing times are ahead of us as we shine as lights in a dark world and release Heaven into earth with great joy and freedom - dancing on injustice, setting captives free both inside and outside the Church and destroying the works of satan.
Isa 60:1(Amplified Bible) Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen on you.
Is 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Yet in the midst of the great joy and the reformation that is happening the shaking continues....
World systems are shaken, shifted and changed
Things have changed so much over the last few years and the shakings continue as we head towards an epic yet not unforeseen change in the world governmental and monetary systems. The Word of God has already revealed what we are heading into so we should not be surprised by the shakings, as those who were not expecting them. These shakings and changes are by no means over and will even get worse. Because there is still more shaking to come we must determine to step into a place of deep trust in the Lord. Let Him challenge and change thinking that is not in line with His Kingdom.
Allow yourself to look honestly at who and what you look to as your source of supply. Is it your bank account, your employer or even the government? Is your trust really in the Lord to supply all your needs? Every one of us is on a journey of learning that God is good, trustworthy and will do as He has promised. Do not let the devil condemn you for where you are in that journey but rather let your circumstances push you deeper into trusting God and believing His promises. Dig deep into the Word and ask for revelation of His promised supply.
The Lord wakes His bride out of her slumber
Divine discontent is bubbling up as Christians continue to become dissatisfied with 'church as usual' and the 'form of religion', having denied the power of the Gospel. God wants His church back. He is shaking awake the slumbering bride who has sunk into passivity, cynicism, unbelief and apathy.
Isaiah 52:1"Awake, awake!...O Zion".
The Lord is getting rid of worldly & religious mindsets in the Church. Allow Him to challenge and change them in you. Be deliberate in asking for that and for revelation of His values, His mindset and His heart.
Declaration – "Wake up bride, wake up you who slumber, stir yourself you who sit in passivity, shake off the stupor and arise. The world waits to see your glory – Christ in you. Wake up Church, wake up! A new era dawns, a new day waits for you to step forth in your fullness as a son or daughter of the Living God. Awake!"
2011 is a year to build a deeper place of intimacy, a place of habitation for the Lord, both personally and corporately. 2010's place of intimacy will not be enough for 2011. It is time to go deeper, to seek the Lord, to know Him more, to hear Him better.
The years ahead are calling us to a deeper place of intimacy now. Future-proof your life; make plans and set things in place now that give you more time to spend with the Lord. Be disciplined and guard that time. It is essential with what the world is coming into, but more than that - it is essential for you as a person!
It is what you were created for – intimacy with the Lord. It is what everything Christ did was for – intimacy and relationship with God! You were not created to be His servant, to do things for Him, but to love Him and let Him love you. Any service must come out of that place of love and intimacy, otherwise it will just be religious service - something you feel obligated to do, and ultimately, that you will feel resentment over.
Prepare the way for deeper intimacy
Let the Lord speak into the things that stop you from surrendering more and from knowing Him better. It is a year for relationship with Him to blossom and grow to a new level; for you to be drawn into the vineyard of His love, there to be filled and satisfied with drinking deeply of that love.
It is a time of preparing the way and removing the stumbling blocks; first, in our own lives, then we can move them for others that they, too, may return to that love.
Isa 57:14 Amp. And the word of One shall go forth...prepare the way! Take up the stumbling block out of the way [of the spiritual return] of My people.
Prepare the way with worship
This year is a time to press in with diligence, to let your praises and worship build a place for His throne to rest in your lives. 2011 is a year for the High Praises to usher in the Glory. Praise until you break through. Don't pull back when your mind tells you you've praised enough. Keep praising until the glory comes, then in the glory release your petitions, release healing, take ground, establish it in the Spirit and then consolidate it into your lifestyle.
Intimacy with joy & fun
The release of joy will continue to grow, both individually and corporately. Deep seated joy that fills and overflows, not just an occasional happy feeling, will become one of the core things that we live out of. His joy is our strength.
Neh 8:10 Amp ...be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Without revelation and an experience of the joy of the Lord being our strength and stronghold to shelter in, we will walk only in conceptual understanding and be ruled by our mind or our feelings instead of our spirit and the Spirit of Christ within us.
The release of joy and the reality of the Kingdom will be accompanied by great fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! God is not all serious. God is the God who laughs in the Heavens. God is joy and where joy is, fun is to be had. Joy will be our companion and our reality as we learn more and more to release the reality of Heaven into Earth. Children know how to have fun, and the more childlike we become the more joy-filled we will be and the more fun we will have.
There is a revolution that is gathering momentum. This revolution comes out of the secret place and intimacy with the Lord. It is a Love Revolution! Men and women will become radical lovers of God and because of that they will become radical lovers of people. This will happen as they receive revelation knowledge of the grace and power of Christ's love for them. He has set us free from striving, from trying to please Him, from do's and don'ts. We get to live a free, abundant, joy-filled life because of Grace - His love extended to us and through us.
As His disciples spend more time in His presence and in the heavenly realms, soaking in and imbibing the atmosphere of Heaven, being drunk with new wine and filled with the Spirit, they will be changed into His likeness - the likeness of the eternally youthful, joy-filled, love-filled, happy God. The many different facets of God's personality and character will be revealed to them and as they gaze on Him they will be changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another.
Don't let people tell you that you are being selfish or chasing experience when you spend time in the heavenly realms, when you encounter God like this. Real God experience will cause you to fall more in love with Him and more in love with people as a result of your time in His presence and you will be changed - transformed more and more into His likeness.
2 Cor 3:18 All of us, as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being changed, transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
This greater love for people will carry God's heart for the poor, the broken and the captive. His love will be irresistible to those we come in contact with and the world will begin to see that we really are His disciples.
In that intimacy ask for prophetic clarity
In listening, in seeing (visions, dreams). You do not ask amiss when you ask for this - it is part of how you get to know Him more. Hearing Him clearly and experiencing Him is essential for relationship with Him. Seeing what He is doing is essential for working with Him.
James 4:2 You have not because you ask not...
It is time to let the reality of being one with Him manifest in our lives. You are 'in Christ' and Christ is in you! Do you really get that and understand it? I suspect not. I certainly don't fully understand it, but it is the reality that we are called to live from. The implications of this are huge. The revelation of 'Christ in me' and 'me in Christ' is beginning to hit people and it is shaking and challenging many Christians' beliefs and ways of living. Our Christian walk is in for reformation and the reformation has started.
Prepare the way for good works that come from that intimacy
Let Him speak into the things that limit you realizing the potential He has placed in you and limit you from doing the assignments that He has for you.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has ordained that we should walk in them.
...it is what you were created for and it is your life-purpose. To love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and then out of that to love others. But we are not called to love others as we love ourselves, for that is an imperfect love. We are called to love others as we ourselves are loved. Oh how glorious is that love and when we know it, how easy it is to share it.
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his.
"Draw us oh Lord and we will come into your banqueting house, into your love. Lord let us become drunk on the wine of your love. Let us know the reality of that love filling us and motivating us. May knowing You, and being known by You, be our purpose and our aim! Let all our service come from that place of wanting to pour ourselves out for You as You poured Yourself out for us - because of love."
The Church has been in an identity crisis for centuries but God has been restoring the true biblical knowledge and experiential lifestyle of 'who we are in Him' to the Church and that restoration has accelerated, especially over the last ten years or so.
This year will be a year of awakening for many. It will be a year where old mindsets are torn down and new ones established. Many Christians will wake up to who Christ is in them and who they are in Him. For some it will be a quick work, as revelation hits them like lightning, but for most it will be an awakening, like the dawning of a day, that happens over a period of time as God roots out false beliefs. As this happens there will be a release of the power of God into their lives that will bring about huge transformation. For some it will be as if this is when they really get saved and they will say that what they knew before was not the real thing, but merely conceptual knowledge.
What is your identity
You are a much-loved son or daughter of God, a co-heir with Christ of all that is in Father's Kingdom.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ...
In Father's eyes you are as important to Him as Christ is. Your life-purpose is to love Him and let Him love you – utterly and completely until every cell in your body cries "I am loved". And because you know you are loved that much you can be who you were created to be – a reflection of God, one made in His image.
Col 3:9 ...you have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed... after the image of Him that created him:
Your old life is gone – it has been dealt with completely by His grace as you accepted Christ's work on the cross and were baptised into His death and resurrection. You are clothed with righteousness and resurrection power, and your identity is now that of a child of God. Your home is the Kingdom of Heaven. You have been qualified as a minister of the New Covenant and an ambassador of that Kingdom.
You were created to, and are now able to, do the kind of things Jesus does and to release His Kingdom into Earth. Just as Christ was, you are backed up with the full resources of your Daddy's Kingdom as you release the reality of that Kingdom here on Earth.
Will the whole Church walk in this knowledge? I hope and pray so, but unless God does something miraculous in that area I suspect there will still be those who choose religion over living relationship. History has unfortunately shown us that, but I believe God is bigger than history. So let's continue to pray and believe that God will do miracles.
Let the Lord root out false beliefs in your life regarding who you now are. Be intentional about asking the Lord to expose them and root them out, giving revelation knowledge to replace them, and be renewed in your mind and thinking.
"Father let the reality of what You have birthed us into be made plain to each of us. Root out the old thinking that stops us from stepping into and living in the reality of what You have done for us in the Cross. Let our eyes be opened by revelation to the wonder of the reality of Christ in us and us in Christ. Let the freedom You have called us into be fully understood by us, first by revelation, then by our mind. May your freely given Grace permeate and rule every thing we think and do, causing us to walk in freedom and to bring others into that freedom, both in the Church and outside of it."
Along with this understanding of the Grace we live in will also come an understanding of what we were created for and where we fit in the picture. Many people will begin to find their giftings and step into their calling this year. New ministries will start this year as people step into their long held God-dreams but mostly it will be ordinary people walking in extraordinary love and power in everyday life. Being full time in Christian Ministry will not be the dream people aspire to but walking in obedience will be.
Because of this we will see increased evangelism. In the days ahead we will see more 'living theology" – our lives will reveal the truth and reality of the Word of God. We won't just know about the Kingdom but will live it. There is an old saying that 'we are the only Bible some people will read'. What will our lives tell them?
2 Cor 3:2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written in your hearts, to be known and read by everybody. 3 You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ...not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
"Father I stand with you and call forth the Church to her rightful place as sons & daughters of God, those who understand who they are and who you are in them. I see them as they release Heaven into Earth, causing miracles and great signs and wonders to abound. Like you I see them walk in love and power and live their theology. Father I see a people who are sharp of hearing and quick to obey. I see a Church rising up in beauty and power, full of your love and representing you rightly in the Earth. In your authority I call to them now - come forth light bearers, come forth love warriors, come forth and shine as light in the world and release the gospel in love and power!"
This is a season to intentionally align ourselves with the Lord's heart and intent. The Word tells us to 'choose this day whom you will serve'...
Joshua 24:15 Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve...
Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
Let it be a wholehearted surrender of all to Him. As we walk further into this season, those who align themselves with God's heart and intent and work together with Heaven will see more and more faith-initiated miracles happen.
There will be a greater cooperation with Heaven and a working together of men and the angelic realm to see the Kingdom come and God's will be done. This does not mean a worshipping or a fixation with angels but a scriptural understanding of them and flowing together with them.
(A little aside here – Some Christians are getting upset because of some who are saying angels of breakthrough or angels of provision or healing etc are being assigned to ministries and peoples' lives. We seem to have no hesitation in believing that there are spirits of jealousy, spirits of deception and other demonic spirits that are assigned to peoples' lives, and are known by their functional descriptions, yet we struggle to believe that of God's angelic messengers and helpers. Most of our skepticism is based on the fact that what we don't understand we don't accept easily and even draw back from. Just because we don't understand something does not make it wrong. It just means we need to go to the Holy Spirit and ask for revelation and understanding. We are not to go into our head and try and work it all out logically. God's Kingdom cannot always be worked out logically.)
Eph 1:17 I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Be intentional about intimacy with the Lord
Be deliberate in your setting aside time alone with the Lord. Five minutes before you rush out the door to work won't cut it in this season. The Lord is looking for a loving relationship not a marriage of convenience.
Intentionally let God deal with the stuff in your life
Be deliberate in your handing over to him the hurts, insecurities and brokenness of your life. Ask Him to make manifest in your life the truth and reality of your salvation – nothing broken, nothing missing, Christ in you and you in Christ.
Eph 4:22 Put off and discard your old unrenewed self which characterized your previous manner of life and... be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind 24 And put on the new nature created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
Intentionally enter the Throne Room for strategy
The Word tells us to boldly come.
Heb 4:16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need.
Intentionally enter the Throne Room for strategy, not just to have a nice experience. Experiences are good and necessary but it is not all just about us, it is also about the covenant being lived out, being blessed to be a blessing.
The Glory being released and established in and around our lives is a part of the strategy for this season. We must build the glory around our life - the place where God sits enthroned and where Christ bubbles out of us. It's not a coming upon, it's a bubbling forth of rivers of living water.
John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water."
Col 1:27 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of glory.
We must align ourselves with the Genesis pattern where the Holy Spirit hovered (He is the original glory that covered the earth), God spoke and creation happened. When the glory hovers and we speak what God shows us to speak, creative miracles will happen, things will be released from the eternal realm into this one. Prayers will be answered speedily, healings will more often happen instantly and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will be seen in the earth.
Be intentional in destroying the works of satan
- in your life and the lives of others. You have an assignment from Heaven – to release Heaven into Earth and to destroy the works of the evil one. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and this is your assignment too. Note – it is not your purpose in life but it is your assignment. Purpose means – "the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists". God did not create you to work for Him, to be his servant. He did not create you so that He would have an army of soldiers at his bidding. He created you for one thing and one thing alone – relationship!
1 John 3:8 The reason the Son of God was made manifest was to destroy the works the devil has done.
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn. 3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. 4 And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
"This year I will cause my Spirit to flow from you in ever greater ways. This is a year to proclaim the favourable year of the Lord, to see the works of darkness overturned and people set free. You will see my power released like never before, but you must stay close to me, it must come out of that place of intimacy.
Be aware that if I am calling you to greater intimacy and greater power that flows from that intimacy, then the devil will do all he can to stop you coming into that secret place with me. One of the biggest battles you will face this year is the battle for the secret place – the inner battle. You know my Word says – submit yourself to me, resist the devil and he will flee from you. I tell you resist him when he comes to draw you away from the secret place.
All battles, are first won in the secret place, by my Spirit, in your heart and mind and then as faith is released the outer circumstances follow. Faith will always triumph and secure my blessings. It's out of that intimacy that you will do your best warfare, that you will go forth and destroy the works of the devil. I have many to see set free this year, both in the Church and out of it, stay close, listen and obey quickly and you will see victory after victory as you snatch them from the devil's hands.
And Lyn, tell them to have fun doing that, I will be." I had to laugh at that little end bit as the Lord said it. Fun is on his heart this year and what greater fun than to snatch someone from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light and love.
The Lord is doing many wonderful things in this season in our nation and in the nations of the world. Yes, the dark is getting darker but the light is correspondingly shining brighter as the sons and daughters of God allow Him to shine through them.
You are the light of the world so let your light shine – release the Kingdom of Heaven wherever you go and whoever you are with.
Mat 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Spend some time with the Lord and ask Him what His plans and assignments are for you this year. Let Him deal with the stuff that stops your light from shining brighter and the life and reality of Heaven being released fully through you. God has wonderful plans for you and this year He longs to move in and through your life with great love and power. Shine bright, release Heaven wherever you go – and have fun doing it!