I usually get a batch of new years prophetic declarations around the 1st of every year. For some reason not much came this year? Here’s what the Lord has been emphasizing in my heart.
“Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” Num 13:1-2 NIV
At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. Num 13:25
This is a year of dreams coming true by your actions. Send out your spies and take inventory of the land you have been given in the Spirit. Make plans to possess your inheritance. Use the next forty days to list your dreams and review them with the Lord. You are assigned a place flowing with milk and honey. The first step to receiving it is to see it and put it on paper. There will be warfare, but you are well able to possess all of your inheritance.
There are “about” a dozen instances of “40 days” in scripture.
* 1. Forty days and nights the rain fell on Noah, Gen 7:4
*2. Forty Days Noah opened the window of the Ark, Gen 8:6
*3. Forty days Israel was mourned at Joseph’s direction, Gen 50:3
*4. Forty days Moses was in the mount and in the cloud, Exo 24:18
*5. Forty days Moses in the mount after the sin of the Golden Calf, Deut 9:18,25.
*6. Forty days the 12 spies reviewed the new land, Num 13:26, 14:34.
*7. Forty Days of Goliath challenging Saul’s army, 1Sam 17:16
*8. Forty days of Elijah in Horeb, 1 Kings 19:8.
*9. Forty days of Jonah and Nineveh, Jonah 3:4.
*10. Forty days Ezekiel lay on his right side, Ezek 4:6
*11. Forty days Jesus was tempted of the Devil, Matt 4:2.
*12. Forty days Jesus was seen of His disciples, speaking about the Kingdom (explaining Marketplace ministry?), Acts
Forty days “ denotes a period of seeking God or preparation for some special action of the Lord; it is a time of grace (the number 5) times the number of revival (8). Just as a woman gives birth after carrying a child 40 weeks, you must carry your dream, possess it in your heart, and give birth to it by your actions. Something good comes after these forty day periods.
After the flood in Genesis, a new creation begins. After Moses converses with God, the covenant is renewed. After Elijah’s journey, God strengthens him to resume his prophetic ministry. After Jesus’ temptation, he begins his public ministry; after the Ascension, we enter the age of “greater works.”
2008 is a year of renewal or revival. It won’t come as some earth-shaking crusade. This is a grass roots move where Kings find their breakthrough and enter into their ministry in the marketplace. Seeds that have been sown will sprout and bear fruit and bring a return. Multiplication of finances is available to God’s people like no time in history. Those that are able to break off the excuses of poverty will find great increase when they look for it.
Coaching – Those that have experienced a measure of success will do three things. They will go on to higher levels, they will cultivate new networks, and, at the same time, they will reach out their hands to pull another brother or sister into their destiny. In the past people resisted asking for help; in this season they will see the wisdom of “asking and receiving” the counsel of those that have gone before them.
Ministry in the Marketplace – Spiritual and practical ministry in the marketplace will continue to increase in the marketplace. God’s people will delight in finding opportunities to express their gifts and callings and anointings. David’s mighty men will do “great exploits.” Kings will rejoice greatly as strongholds fall and victories are won. Their example will inspire many. A trumpet sounding “a charge” will be heard in the spirit by many and they will become aggressive in their pursuit of the Kingdom. Ramparts will fall and relatively “normal saints” will become God’s marines and begin to yearn to join the fight themselves and ask, “What can we take next?”
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.