Word of the Lord 2016 by Apostle Greg Bailey09-Feb-2016
WORD OF THE LORD 2016
2016 will be Astounding and Outstanding.
It's a year to be overwhelmed with amazement and wonder, greatly astonished, stunningly surprised by our God. A year marked by distinction, prominent, striking and excellent.
2016 is a year that will STAND-OUT from all the others!!
16 is double 8 (8 being the number of the Lord), let's have a double portion of God this year and seek him twice as much as we have in the past. He also wants you to be doubly blessed this year. The number 16 also talks of Love. God is love. Let's demonstrate the love of God this year. Perfect love casts out all fear. It also refers to a person who represents Godly character which is wisdom, justice, holiness (which is right standing in God), love, goodness, grace, mercy, faithfulness.
Because this year is connected to 2015 there is going to be some promises carry over to this year. It's still the year of Jubilee. In Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven or cancelled and the mercies of God would be more evident.
Can you believe for this this year? We had a $13,000 debt that was cancelled and the slate wiped clean on Christmas Day.
Expect your harvest from the seeds you planted last year.
This is a year to be connected and to stay connected not just to the head (God) but to the body as well. Remember you are part of the body. Also make sure you're connected to the right connections.
Sin always separates us from God. If there is enough sin in our lives, we are separated to the point where God's power can't flow through us.
An electric light only functions when it is connected to the source of power. It can't pretend to be connected; it can't get close to being connected; it has to be connected. Anything less and the electricity can't flow through the bulb, producing light.
It's the same with us. We can't pretend to be connected to the Holy Spirit; we can't be almost connected; we have to be connected. If we aren't, His anointing can't flow through us and can't touch those around us.
You lose the anointing by losing touch with God, by getting into a position where we aren't connected with His Holy Spirit. It isn't so much that God says, "no more" as that we lose the way to get more.
The enemy wants you fragmented.
As we were walking out of a church one Sunday in December I heard the Lord say the word 'FRAGMENT' to me. I believe the enemy wants to fragment the church this year (I believe this has always been his plan not just for this year) and God is warning us so we can put some things in place to nullify it. I believe God has given us the strategy to deal with this spirit of fragmentation and that is to be connected and stay connected!!
It's interesting when you have a look at that word fragmentation it means to disintegrate, to collapse and to breakdown. Then I remembered a term Julie spoke of years back. I said my computer was so slow and she said it probably needs to be 'defragged'. This word means to reorganize files so that the parts of each file are stored in contiguous (close proximity) sectors on the disc, thereby improving computer performance and maximize our disc space. So when we are connected to the right people at the right place our performance improves and everything gets maximized, instead of one putting a thousand to flight now we have two putting ten thousand to flight.
I love it when The Lord reveals the plan of the enemy and gives us the strategy.
I also believe when this is dealt with there will be such a spirit of unity and harmony that will come into the church that it will make it stronger than ever.
There will also be a strong sense of ownership coming upon the people for the vision of the local church once again. Like in Nehemiah's time the people will come behind the vision and work together for an incredible outcome.
Matthew 19:6 (GW) “So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, DON'T LET ANYONE SEPARATE WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER.”
Acts 5:12-13 (NKJV) 12 “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 YET NONE OF THE REST DARED JOIN THEM, but the people esteemed them highly.”
They esteemed them but not joined them. Why? Too much persecution, they weren't willing to risk jail for their faith, they loved their life more than sacrifice, fear of death, fear of the unknown?
They're all good reasons but there was a group of people who risked everything to share the Gospel and move in signs wonders and miracles.
I Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV) “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU, but that you be PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
I Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV) “But he who is JOINED TO THE LORD is one spirit with Him.”
Ephesians 4:15-16 (NKJV) 15 “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, JOINED AND KNIT TOGETHER by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Colossians 2:18-19 (NKJV) 18 “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not HOLDING FAST TO THE HEAD, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.”
This will be a year of the fire of God.
Watching the devastating fires in Australia this month I noticed a few things.
One storm was so intense it created its own weather system, so out of the firestorm came a thunderstorm (Huh go figure). God’s fire will create His atmosphere; it's a place where all things are possible for those who believe. Another thing I remember seeing was the only thing left in every burnt out house and building was its foundation.
1 Cor. 3-13 says the Lord will test the quality of each person’s work with fire.
Fires come to burn off the dross, the bondages, the things that have tied us up and hindered our lives. This action of God purifies us and brings a complete refreshing spiritually, mentally and physically. Hebrews 12 says He's a consuming fire. His promise is that we come out of the fires not burnt or disfigured not even smelling of smoke but more refined so that we can be used again and again by Him. What He's doing is burning the chaff from the wheat, it's all good.
Foundations are going to be shaken this year. The Lord is getting us to examine our foundations to see if they're strong enough to be built upon this year. Anything that is not of God is going to be shaken away. Is He your rock, your cornerstone? Jesus asked Peter who He was to him and he answered "You are the Christ the son of the living God!!" You see upon this strong foundation Jesus was able to build.
Hebrews 12:26-29 (NIV) 26 At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Watch for the shaking and whatever form the 'shaking' comes in, let Him do what needs to be done. I also heard the Lord say whatever you couldn't shake last year will be shaken this year, the bad habits, wrong thinking and sin nature. Ask Him to help you shake them this year.
Get committed this year and stick it out. Get committed to your local church, your calling, your vision, your goals and stick to it. Like Jacob working 14 years for Rachel the woman he loved, like Caleb waiting 40yrs for his promise from God to come. I often wondered how could they stick it out for such a long time? I believe they would've had to continue to renew their strength, continue building their faith in God, thank Him every day for His promise to them; they would've had to keep a right heart and right attitude and be totally focused during this entire time before the promise came to pass.
This year God is giving you access through spiritual keys. I love how God shows you things in the natural that point to what He's saying and doing in the spiritual. God is giving us so many different keys. There will be times God gives the key and you'll have to wait for the door, other times you'll be positioned at the door but waiting for the key. Sometimes the key comes first and other times the door comes first.
We have a Key to Australia mounted on our office wall, now we're waiting for the door to appear!!
I saw some of you looking at your dreams, your promises, your aspirations and for years these things have been so tantalizingly close but yet so far, this year God is unlocking them and opening them up to you. Some things you've been looking at for years but have had absolutely no idea at what He's been showing you until now. It's like seeing them through new eyes and seeing the potential that's been hidden until now.
Keys represent responsibility and authority. It can also indicate spiritual ACCESS to things like information, the deep secrets of God and to revelation you weren't privy to before.
Sometimes we're afraid to even put the key in the door because we're not sure what's behind the door. Don't let fear stop you, be bold and courageous this year. Keys lock and keys unlock. What needs to be locked out of your life, your marriage, your family and what needs to be unlocked and let in?
You have the authority because you have the keys.
The bible talks of keys, the key of the house of David, the keys of the Kingdom, the key of knowledge, the keys of hell and death. I believe David's key was worship, warfare and governmental authority. The Apostle John had a vision where he saw a door unlocked in heaven that gave him insight into what was about to happen. I believe this is prophetic revelation the Lord is showing those who seek Him who 'Goshen' Him. Get ready for your keys.
God is dealing with hearts this year.
So many people we know have had heart problems recently (even my mum). God shows us signs and one of them is first the natural then the spiritual. I believe God is dealing with our hearts and also healing our hearts. There are 884 references in the bible to the heart.
He's also revealing what's in our heart. Apostle Peter said Lord I will never deny you but Jesus revealed to him he would deny Him 3 times before the rooster crowed.
God is looking for those who have clean hands and a pure heart.
Psalm 24:3-4 (NIV) 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
This is a year of drawing near.
I've been speaking a message on Goshen. Goshen means to draw near to. The Bible says if you draw near to God He will draw near to you. Goshen was where God's people lived and in the time of the plagues in Egypt nothing came near Goshen. I believe we can live in a spiritual 'Goshen' when we have drawn close to God and it’s in that place that He protects us. Remember we are in the world but we are not of the world, the world can go through all sorts of things but if we have 'Goshened' God then those things won't came near us. When we draw near to God our minds are refreshed and our strength is renewed.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NKJV) 29 “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might (strength) He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
The word 'wait' means to bind together by twisting. That infers an incredible closeness, it's not sitting around twiddling your thumbs wondering if somethings going to happen. It's praying, fasting, decreeing, reading the Word, drawing near to the Lord, hearing and doing.
Look for the times of refreshing that come from the Lord.
Acts 3:19 (NIV) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that TIMES OF REFRESHING may come from the Lord,
The word 'times' here means 'Kairos' which means a special time or season appointed by God this is different to a 'Chronos' time which is a designated fixed time usually at our choosing.
Don't forget in all we do this year to have fun and enjoy the journey.
A year to dig and re-dig wells!
Isaac had to re-dig some of his father’s previous wells that were stopped up by the enemy as well as dig some of his own. We too need to dig for what is ours so that we can flourish in the land. There are generational blessings that have been stopped up and it’s time to claim them back. Interesting the name Isaac means laughter so don't let the devil steal your joy. The bible says the one enthroned in heaven LAUGHS. This year let’s release a laughter that shuts the devil up.
It's interesting in 2 Kings Elisha the prophet asked the kings and their men to do something ridiculous, dig ditches in the desert and in the morning they will be full of life giving water. God loves filling empty things!
Just like here in Australia, Lake Eyre and the surrounding region was desert but now it's teaming with life. Listen it never actually rained there but it was filled to overflowing from storms thousands of kilometers away. Because there is so much water in Lake Eyre it's now creating its own weather system, making clouds and rain.
Watch your head this year!
The Lord showed me a picture of a head with eyes, ears, mouth and our mind. Then He showed me the 3 monkeys see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil and how they have their hands covering each part and yes we shouldn't be doing any of these things. But what I saw was the enemy's hands not ours over our eyes, mouth and ears and bombarding our mind with all sorts of things. We must rise up and take authority over satan for God has given us eyes to see naturally and spiritually, ears to hear naturally and spiritually, a mouth to pray, praise and decree, and we have the mind of Christ. He did not give us the spirit of fear but love, dunamis power and a SOUND mind.
You are going to pioneer some new territories this year.
You will have obstacles but pioneers overcome them and clear the path for others. You may not see yourself as a pioneer or even as a leader but then again Gideon never saw himself as a warrior or a leader either but he ended up both. Seeing precedes possessing!! See yourself the way God sees you. Pioneers see beyond where they are at right at this moment!
Get back on track, finish the race and persevere till the end.
Jeremiah 50:4-5 (GW) 4 “In those days and at that time,” declares the LORD, “the people of Israel and Judah will cry as they go together to seek the LORD their God. 5 They will ask which road goes to Zion AND TURN IN THAT DIRECTION. They will go there to make a permanent agreement with the LORD. It will not be forgotten.”
2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NIV) Paul said....“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
The Brisbane marathon I was in gave out 'finisher' singlets only to those who finished.
James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
This year start releasing blessings.
The priest's used to offer sacrifices and release a blessing in the OT. But now through Jesus we are not just priests but kings as well. Kings rule and reign but as a priest we now offer ourselves as a living sacrifice and are able to release blessings. It was a privilege to receive a blessing in the OT a son always wanted the father’s blessing, some even lied and connived to get it. Jacob wrestled all night with an angel of the Lord to get it. Now through Jesus we have the ability to release blessings. Bless as many people as you can this year.
Deuteronomy 28:6-8 (NIV) 6 you will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. 8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.
Hebrews 10:22-25 (NIV) let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another---and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
3 John 1:2 (NKJV) Paul to Gaius “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
The word prosper means success and prosperity in life and also your business affairs.
The Jewish word shalom means peace, health and prosperity.
This is a year to take your authority.
The first command to mankind in Gen. 1-28 was to be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and take dominion.
The more we walk by the spirit this year the less we will fall for our fleshly desires.
Galatians 5:16-17 (NIV) 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
A year to sacrifice to the Lord!
Like David bringing God's glory back into Jerusalem, every 6 steps he built an altar and sacrificed. What an incredible picture David is showing to us of his love, commitment and willingness to sacrifice so much and so often. Listen if we are the generation that brings back God’s glory then we'll have to sacrifice so much more then we have in the past. It doesn't matter how much it's going to cost it has to be done.
A year to throw off everything that hinders!
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
A year to deal with the 'ites' in our lives and get rid of 'excess baggage'!
Be repairers not breakers of the breach.
Like Nehemiah had to repair the wall around Jerusalem so we must repair the areas that are broken in our life. What is broken? Where has the enemy been getting in?
This year fight for marriage and family.
The enemy will continue his attack to break down the family unit. Be prepared for a fight. Wake up the mighty men wake up the warriors as it says in Joel 3:9-10 (NIV) 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”
Proclaim this over Australia and New Zealand, prepare for war, consecrate, dedicate and sanctify yourselves. Rouse the warriors wake them from their sleep, shake them from their inactivity and from their apathy, stir and incite them to strong indignation and holy anger. Let all those who want to fight rise up and attack. Beat your peacetime implements into weapons of war and start decreeing "I am strong!"
This year the enemies’ pride, arrogance and confidence will be shattered.
When the enemy says you can't do something God says wait for my strategy and watch and see him eat his words.
2 Samuel 5:6-7 (NIV) 6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion---which is the City of David.
A fortress is built to keep people out but God gave David the strategy of taking the city by going through the underground water system. He renamed the city 'the City of David'. The enemy has built fortresses around your promises and told you, you can't get in here but God will give you a strategy to take it and you'll rename the territories and cities you take this year. I've renamed my new place the city of Greg.
Those who are good stewards of what the Lord has given to them will be given even more this year.
Matthew 25 - 14 to 30 talks of two stewards who weren't afraid of multiplying and increasing their master’s talents and so were rewarded with not just sharing in the master’s happiness but were put in charge of many things. The third steward did nothing because of fear and lost everything. Let's be good stewards this year and share in the Father's happiness and get ready to take charge.
2016 a year of new!
It's a new year but it's more than that it's a year of new. When I look at this year I get astounded. God wants to astound you with new doors of opportunities, new business ventures, new territories to conquer, new vision, new songs, new sounds, new levels to go spiritually, new strength, new friends, new upgrades, new gates of entrance to His revelation, it's a season of new.
Jeremiah 26:10 (NIV) When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the Lord and took their places at the entrance of the NEW GATE of the Lord's house.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 42:9 (NIV) See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
Then the beginning of verse 10 says 'Sing to the Lord a new song'.
This will be your testimony this year, "And God did it".
When Gods people were living in Goshen the place of 'drawing near' everything He said He would do, He did. So this year you'll be continually giving God the glory because your testimonies will be "And God did it".
Exodus 9:6 (NIV) And the next day THE LORD DID IT: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.
Apostle Greg Bailey