2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
2014 In Review
In my last post I encouraged everyone to be strong to fight for the rest they needed in December. I kept emphasizing the importance of that because it plays a big role in this year. Read more on it to find out its significance for you this year. Last year was the year of Doubles: 7 + 7 gives Double Perfection, Double Completion, Double Deliverance and Double Salvation. For some people, things were doubling up even as the year ended. God is a generational God. There were 3 sets of 14 generations from Abraham to Jesus. Through our salvation we could get our deliverance by gaining revelation and making declaration. It is possible that those that did have revelation and still faced problems, either made negative declarations or none at all. If that is you, do not lose heart, begin to make the right declarations now in order to set yourself up for this year. You can still do that.
The Outstanding Nature Of The Number 15
Why did we need deliverance? It is so that we can enter into Divine Grace. How so? 5 is the number of Grace and 3 is the number of general perfection, resurrection (Jesus rose after 3 days) and it is the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), therefore, 15 gives us 3 measures of Grace or three-dimensional Grace because it is 3 x 5. It refers to acts that are brought about by divine energy.
Entering Our Rest
Now because of the fact that 15 is Divine Grace due to the essence of 3 and 5, it is very easy to miss how crucial understanding 7 + 8 is. 7 represents a Sabbath. You have heard the term, “A Sabbath Rest.” The 15th day of the first Hebrew month (Nisan: March-April) is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a day of rest for the children of Israel (and for Christians). The 15th day of the 7th Hebrew month begins the Feast of Tabernacles, also a day of rest.
God told Abraham in a vision, just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15 on the Hebrew calendar, that his descendants would end up as slaves in a foreign country (Egypt). They would, however, eventually be set free (Genesis 15:12 – 16). Many years later in Egypt, God miraculously delivered Israel’s firstborn from the death angel just as Passover began after sunset (Nisan 14). Then, 24 hours later (just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15), the children of Israel began to leave Egypt (Exodus 12:40 – 41). This night is referred to as the ‘night to be much observed’ (Exodus 12:40 – 42, Deuteronomy 16:1). God’s prophecy of freedom, given to Abraham on Nisan 15, was fulfilled years later on the exact same day.
After dying on the cross, Jesus’ body is placed in a Garden Tomb as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15 in 30 A.D. (Matthew 27:57 – 61, Luke 23:50 – 55, John 19:38 – 42).
For Christians, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) pictures rest from their sins, having had them removed by Christ’s shed blood on Passover. The 15th day of the 7th month begins the Feast of Tabernacles. For the children of Israel, it pictured rest from the long harvest season. They were to dwell in booths in remembrance of their trek in the wilderness.
Prophetically, the 15th day of the 7th month pictures the coming Millennium when the world will have rest from sin because of the binding of Satan on the Day of Atonement. Under Christ’s reign, salvation will then be offered to all the world, becoming the great spiritual harvest of God for 1,000 years.
Starting Afresh, From The Drawing Board And From Scratch
This is the year of dynamic things and creative energy. It represents the blooming of new life in creation. It is a number of spiritual resurrection. That is why I encouraged you to keep fighting as you closed the chapter of 2014 because things that you did not think would come to life, would do so. Things that died in one fashion would be resurrected in a new fashion. Be as eager for your breakthrough as a child is to what is promised them! Be very expectant and alert. Do not brush off seemingly small success or brief achievement, for these could be stepping-stones for the greater plans God has for you.
8 represents new beginnings. God added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life (2 Kings 20:1 – 6). The Hebrews sing 15 different songs when making their way to the Temple in Jerusalem. They are commonly known as, “The Psalms Of Ascent” (Ch 120-134). They take 15 steps when climbing it as well, mostly between where the men stood and the women stood. It is the season of ascent. A season of God’s word. The ark was borne 15 cubits ( 221/2 feet/ 7 meters) above the highest mountain (Gen 7:20). God will lift us up. Bethany, where Lazarus was raised from the dead and the place where Jesus ascended (still in Bethany but 2km/1.5miles from Mt of Olives) are 15 furlongs (3km/1.88miles) from Jerusalem (John 11:18; Acts 1:9-12).
Paul’s ship was anchored safely in 15 fathoms (90 feet/27.4m) of water. God knows your place of safety. All you have to do is trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jacob’s deliverance from debt to his father-n-law, Laban, was in his 15th year (Gen 31:17-18). Take note here. Jacob was delivered from a 14-year labor for the bridal price of Laban’s two daughters, and everything he lost, from Laban carelessly squandering all he gained from Jacob, was restored to him (Ch 30:43), since the bridal price was kept by the father on behalf of the daughter as trust in those days.
This will be a year of restitution and restoration but it will require responsibility in order for healing to come. When we sin, it takes 15 steps to gain deliverance just like the children of Israel taking 15 steps to the Temple. Each one is a step closer to that deliverance.
The Centerpiece Scripture
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
God will raise the mountains and fill the valleys and make level paths for you to walk in. He will crush that which stood in your way in the last season. He will pave a way for you to come through. Now a few years ago I talked about the value of 12, and how it is the number of divine governance. Order and management were necessities then. They are the key essentials this year. The quicker we align ourselves in order with Him and obey Him swiftly, the quicker we can pierce through the darkness and anything that hinders us. All this as we also cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:7). He will open up a way through the wilderness and the fire. He will close doors that no man can open. There are opportunities you can now seize. This, however, requires a transition from an attitude of poverty to a mindset of abundance. Mark 10:21 illustrates how the rich young ruler was sad after Jesus told him to sell all he had. He was content with the good he had and it came at the expense of receiving the best Jesus had for him. He could not enter His rest in the realm of trust. Jesus says, “Let go of what you have so that I can give you what I have.“
This is a season where God will show you how to openly share authority. How to openly share the credit or reward of something. It is time for you to remove the old coat of rejection and put on the armor of glory (Eph 6:10-120). God will bring a revelation to His Body concerning how to walk in divine protection, but the same time, encourage you to use spiritual weapons. This will be a year of ordering our thoughts, businesses, marriages, relationships, ministry in a spiritual attitude.
There is a field that is your field. God will use you use your field. Watch carefully for a new crop. It will spring forth and your eyes will see it. Whatever was not redeemed last season, will be redeemed in this season. God says, “Where you had wealth strategy/ies I will uncover them. Where you had healing hands I’ll anoint those hands. Where you had the ability to write I will cause you to write and pen what will cause even the learned to come alive. I am now unveiling the call of My people to accompany My purpose.”
Rest in the knowledge that God has spoken a thing and it will come to pass. The values you hold and uphold are what will determine your future season. You cannot measure in Mammon what God has given in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17). Family. Health. Favor. Peace. You cannot measure these things with Mammon. Meditate on this passage:
“Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
Instead of iron I will bring silver,
Instead of wood, bronze,
And instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
And your magistrates righteousness.
18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.
Something to think about
There are at least fifteen promises to Christians listed in the book of Matthew.
- The Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3)
- We will be filled with righteousness (5:6)
- We shall see God (5:8)
- Will be called the children of God (5:9)
- Our names confessed before God the Father (10:32)
- We will be given rest (11:29)
- God will consider us part of his family (12:50)
- We shall become fully converted (18:3)
- We shall be great in God’s Kingdom (18:4)
- We will be able to receive Christ (18:5)
- Our requests made with others will be granted (18:19)
- Christ will be with us (18:20)
- We will be saved (24:13)
- We serve Jesus by serving others (25:40)
- Jesus will always be with us (28:19)
Enjoy a splendid year of Divine Grace, Rest, New Beginnings, New Birth, Restoration and Restitution.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!