As I read through Candice Smithyman's recent article I thought, "Now this word will preach!"
Yes, it's that good and will help you be empowered for God's covenant promises for your life!
God's prophetic voices are prophesying into this new year and decade...with amazing insight.
I encourage you to read through this slowly and carefully and seek the Lord wholeheartedly in this new year...as you move out toward His promises for you in a fresh new way. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
The Lord gave me a prophetic dream for this Hebrew New Year 5780 concerning the decade of "Pey," which is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a symbol that has the appearance of a mouth. Many prophets have been sharing that this will be the decade where we must speak to move destiny and create change in the earth.
"My Word Will Not Return Void"
In this dream I was in a church, at the podium, speaking. There were only a few people in the sanctuary and they were working in the back. These were people who cared for the church, and they were talking and taking out garbage. They represent the servants no one notices as they serve God humbly.
I threw the mic in their direction and I remember thinking, "Am I losing my mind? This Mic is thousands of dollars and now it will be broken." But when it hit the ground it bounced and then started bouncing off all the seats in the sanctuary that were empty.
As it bounced, the Mic turned the color red and got bigger until it was so huge it was like a boulder. It was a Mic with the fire and rock of the Lord. (Photo via Unsplash)
Then the Holy Spirit said to me loudly in the dream, "My Word will not return void but accomplish the purposes for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). As I woke up and began to pray, I realized God was saying that when His voice goes out, it will continue to grow with fire until it accomplishes what He sent it to accomplish. This word will be carried even by His humble servants who go unnoticed by others but God notices them.
God had spoken to me a few weeks before that this would be the year where He would establish covenant promises with His people. God establishes these promises with us because we are His children, bought with the covenant Blood of Jesus. When God's Word is spoken and released by us with faith, it will come to pass.
When we talk about God establishing His promises with us, what does this mean? Well, a covenant promise is one that God makes to us and makes to our hearts. If God says, "I'm establishing covenant promises this year," it means that He is going to be setting things in motion in your life to establish covenant. These are the promises that will be tested. These tests are coming against the Word He spoke to you and you will need to rise in faith.
Once the Word of God goes out, the enemy comes to steal the Word (Matthew 13:19). As you continue through this new year 5780, walk in faith knowing that this will be the year that God will establish His covenant promises with you, and that you will begin to see changes for your future that will benefit the Kingdom of God.
I want to share with you the story of one who knew and understood this—King David. David was set apart and consecrated to be the king at a young age, but it would be many years before he ever actually sat on the throne. He had to go through many years believing that he was anointed with oil and set apart, and that a promise was made to Him by God.
God chose David for his heart and set him apart, but David was moved into a place where he had to remain quiet until the day that he was called to step forward. Do you know what day that was? It was the day when he faced Goliath. The day that David was promoted was the day He had to enter a battle and operate in faith to kill the giant. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
When God says He's going to establish a covenant with you, you will face Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:34-37 (NIV), David says to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."
If God says He is going to establish you this year in the covenant promise that He made with you, He's going to raise you up, and as you're going forth, when you face the enemy before you, you will know who you are.
You'll be able to say, "But you enemy, you Goliath, you liar, you devil, you uncircumcised, non-covenantal god; you cannot take the covenant that I've entered into with God, because I know who I am. I know that I'm circumcised and you are going down because God is establishing His covenant with me."
The word "establish" in the Hebrew is the word "qum" which means "to rise." You will rise in your faith and position in confidence to go forth because you know who you are in Him.
When God says, "I'm going to establish a covenant," God's saying, "I'm going to go before you. My name will go before you."
Circumcision to the Israelites was their identity (Genesis 17:10). That's what set them apart from every other tribe on the planet. As Believers in Jesus, we are set apart as circumcised members of the Kingdom, which means we have a power that every other god and enemy on the planet does not have.
We will be challenged just as David was challenged in his identity as the anointed and appointed one of God to be the king. David knew who he was. He had the oil poured over his head. He had exercised in his environment the fighting of the lion and the bear. So, all along he was equipping himself. We should be equipping ourselves as we are fighting lions and bears with the Word of God, worship, prayer, fasting, and the spiritual disciplines.
Your Appointed Time
One day, your challenge for identity and the covenant promise God made with you will come. As the anointed and appointed one, when it's your time to step into the position where God can establish His covenant, God will be there. When you pull out those five small stones, you're going to knock that devil in the head without any trouble at all. The supernatural will come and do it for you because it's all by faith. (Photo via Pixabay)
God says, "I've already established My covenant with you." That thing is going down. It's uncircumcised. It has NOT been set apart by a covenant with God Himself. You who are the circumcised ones in your hearts have all the power; now step into place right now.
Ezekiel 36:26-28 (NKJV) says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God."
We need to realize that if God is saying, "I'm going to establish covenant with you," He's also saying, "Are you prepared to fight Goliath with the Word of God and all of the preparation that you've done behind the scenes where nobody saw?" All your closet prayers, all your tears, all the trials you faced in the early years with God by your side...all that preparation is now about to come to fulfillment.
You are filled with the power of God, so pick up your five small stones and sling them. They're going to hit the devil in the head and he's going to be laid out. Why? He's uncircumcised and you're not. You're part of the circumcised family of God. That's your identity. This should be your mindset.
Stand Up in Faith!
When God says, "I'm going to establish covenant with you in 5780," He's saying, "I'm expecting you to stand up and be who I've called you to be. I'm expecting you to know your identity as a circumcised citizen of the Kingdom and stop bowing down to the Goliath who's coming to steal the covenant that I've established with you.
"I'm expecting you to stand up and to fight for the Kingdom, and to go forward and do what it is I'm calling you to do. I'm expecting you to repent. I'm expecting you to leave that sin. I'm expecting you to get yourself up every single time the devil knocks you down and keep on going. I'm expecting this of you." (Photo via Unsplash)
Why? Because you're circumcised in your heart.
The only way the giant's going down is if you live by faith in knowing that it is God Himself who establishes the covenant. If God says He wants something done, it's going to get done. If God says that He wants a victory in this area, there's going to be a victory. God says it's His covenant. God will bring it to pass when you are faithful to live by faith. He is always faithful and He is not a man that He should lie. Everything to Him is yes and amen; it's "go forward," it's abundance, it's increase, and it's multiplication.
You serve a good, good Father. You serve one that knows your pain, knows your brokenness, and He will not break a broken reed. He will not stab you when you're down. He'll lift a hand to you and He'll lift you up. He'll look you in the eyes and He'll say, "It's okay, son. It's okay, daughter, put it on. You just forgot who you are. The circumcision in Me took care of it. Get yourself dressed and let's go establish the covenant promise in 5780."
This is going to be a dynamite year of establishing covenant promises, all because God said He wants to do it. We must get on board with Him and stand up and fight the uncircumcised Philistines in our lives; for we have His power, His strength, and His promise. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Founder, Dream Mentors Transformational Life Coaching Institute
Dr. Candice SmithymanÂ is the founder of Dream Mentors International, a Biblical life counseling and coaching educational organization that teaches and trains educators and coaches in the specialty of life coaching. She is also founder of the Glory Road Show, where she hosts weekly interviews which are seen on Faith USA, internet TV, Facebook, and her YOUTUBE channel. Her ministry website is available at candicesmithyman.com and dreammentors.org, where people people can become credentialed Biblical or transformational life coaches and receive Biblical and transformational life coaching for every area of their life. She is co-author of the bookÂ Soul Transformation: Your Personal JourneyÂ and co-founder of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida.
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