This is a WOW word for right now and for next year. As I read through Jamie Rohrbaugh's article for 2019, I thought this is a "get your house in order" word to the Body of Christ, so we can get ready for the MORE God is pouring into us.
I'll keep this short as I want you to get right to reading this word. I encourage you to read this slowly, carefully, and then let's contend and get serious about doing the Father's business for this next year and beyond! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
A few days ago, the Lord began talking to me about what He has in store for 2019. When He did, He also told me several strategies we should use to see His will manifested in our lives next year. I believe these strategies will bless you also. Here are the prophetic strategies the Lord gave me for 2019:
1. Seven "I Am" Statements
Father God is anointing people for total transformation, and it starts with redefining who you are. I believe He is calling us to write out seven "I am statements" to confess throughout the year. If you want to participate in this, write down seven statements that you will speak out loud over yourself from now through 2019. Make these seven statements start with the words "I am," and be sure they talk about who you are, not about things you do.
Some of your statements will naturally pertain to the most important things in life (e.g. being on fire for God). Others will be important because you need to redefine who you are in those areas. Your seven "I am" statements should all take your proverbial breath away.
These statements will frame your year. They should all make you feel like you are walking into a wide, new world—a wonderland of possibilities—because you are. Everything can change for you in 2019.
2. Get Serious
"The Lord desires to sit VISIBLY enthroned on all your circumstances. This is the year in which He will bring Himself more glory in your life than ever before."
You are about to graduate—and the serious ones will receive everything. Father God is pouring out a grace right now for total transformation. He is pouring out His anointing, grace, and help right now to assist people in redefining who they are on paper first, and then implement the changes in every area over the course of the next year. If you participate in the transformational process, I believe in one year and even one month or so from today, your life can be totally different. Just keep in mind that if you want this:
• There will be sacrifice.
• You will need a routine that you follow every day.
• You must define your path and write it down in advance.
• You must dedicate yourself to living purposefully every day.
It will be like final exams at the university. Final exam students usually study, rest, and study some more. Every moment is taken up with studying for the next exam, until the last one is over. But when the last exam is over, they celebrate BIG! They celebrate because they made it through. They celebrate because they achieved a milestone. They celebrate because they don't ever have to go back there. If you will treat 2019 like final exam week, you will not ever have to go back around this same mountain...and that is good news!
You will graduate, and you will enter your Promised Land. But, you'll have to be sober and vigilant. As 1 Peter 5:8-11 says: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
You've been suffering awhile already. Now is Father's time to perfect you. The question is: Do you want what He has for you badly enough to "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16)? Because this is what it's going to take. Only the serious will appropriate everything He has. Everyone can receive mercy drops from Heaven, but only the serious ones will receive EVERYTHING God has for them.
The Lord hit me with a sentence so strongly that it physically knocked me backward when I heard it: "The serious ones will receive everything." 2019 is the year when the serious ones will receive everything. As we go through our year-long final exam week, Father God will do more for us by His might than we could have dreamed. But, He is going to require us to be faithful and diligent. Our diligence is the basket in which we can receive His miracles.
Beloved, you are about to graduate, and you're going to be greatly rewarded when you do—IF you are one of the serious ones. So if you want total transformation, get serious today. Forget those things which are behind, and reach forward to those things that are ahead. Make every change you need to make and do it between you and Holy Spirit alone. (Photo via Unsplash)
The giants you see before you today, you can never see again. You can vanquish them, obliterate them, wipe them off the face of the planet. You can occupy your Promised Land so fully and completely that you will not recognize your life by the end of next year.
I believe this is the Lord's "word of the year." The Lord is calling people back to their old place of contending—but contending is no longer going to be laborious. It's going to be glorious instead. That is not to say that contending will be easy. The Lord is showing me that 2019 is going to also be a challenging year. Final exam weeks are always challenging! However, I believe it will also be the most victory-filled year we, as a Body of Christ, have ever experienced.
In order to see those victories manifest in our lives, we're going to have to contend. YOU are going to have to contend for whatever you want the Lord to do for you in 2019. It's not that Father isn't ready, eager, and willing to pour out His blessings on you...HE IS.
However, you passed a test recently. As a result of passing that test, you got promoted to a higher level. This higher level is a place in which you will experience higher-level warfare than you have ever experienced before. You will need to contend in 2019 because the Lord wants to bring you every victory—but you are now facing more opposition than you have ever faced.
4. Come Boldly to the Throne
The Scripture the Lord told me to stand on for the year is Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." In 2019, remember to pray boldly and expect answers. EXPECT Father God to pour out mercy, grace, and help on you when you pray.
5. Reclaim the Night Watches in Prayer
People in the early Church woke up to pray multiple times during the night. They prayed multiple times a day. King David of ancient times set aside seven special times a day for a praise break (Psalm 119:164). The Lord is calling His people to reclaim the night watch. The fourth watch (from 3:00-6:00 AM) is going to be particularly important and strategic, but you may hear the Lord calling you to prayer at any hour of the night. When you hear Him, say the words of Samuel the prophet: "Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears."
The Lord is pouring out an anointing for nighttime prayer that we have never seen before. He is reclaiming the night for His glory. In the nighttime hours, He is revealing the treasures that have been hidden in darkness.
As it says in Isaiah 45:1-3: "Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut: 'I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel."
"If you will treat 2019 like final exam week, you will not ever have to go back around this same, dumb mountain...and that is good news!"
The Lord desires to sit VISIBLY enthroned on all your circumstances. This is the year in which He will bring Himself more glory in your life than ever before. If you want Him to do so, you are going to have to contend in prayer—praying violently and fiercely, knowing what outcome you want based on what the Lord promised you, and refusing to give up until you get what you ask for. In 2019, the Lord is calling people to reclaim their place and time of contending, and reclaiming the night watches is going to be easy.
You will find the Lord waking you and calling you to pray. You will have to overcome the urges of your flesh in order to answer, but you will find as soon as you do that your spirit will dominate over your flesh instantly. You will feel a holy ease and anointing to reclaim the night watches in prayer. In many cases, losing sleep will not even make you tired. Father may also direct you to make some health changes; if He does, those changes will help you reclaim your nighttime prayer watches. However, His anointing will do the rest.
6. Anointed Prayer Language
You will also experience a new anointing on your prayer language in 2019. Father showed me that many people have let their prayer languages lie fallow. If you are one of those people, the gift of tongues has become to you like a common thing. However, despite your feelings, your prayer language has always been a key to unlock the heavenlies for you. You didn't realize it, but the enemy was stealing your revelation and use of your prayer language by obscuring its wonder with fatigue and cynicism toward what felt like mundane charismata.
Starting today, I decree you are going to war with your prayer language. You will find Holy Spirit's anointing on your prayer language like never before. The Lord is unleashing barrages of declarations and decrees that will enforce His will on the earth. He is doing this through the prayer languages of His people.
7. What's On Your List?
Next, make a list of things for which to contend. You need a prayer list in 2019. Even if you have never used a prayer list before, you need one now. You will feel the anointing of Holy Spirit on your list as Jesus pours out His Spirit of grace and supplication on you while you are faithful to pray.
Contend for the things on your list over and over. Be one of the people of faith that Jesus said He will be looking for in Luke 18:1-8—people whose real faith is demonstrated by persistent, unyielding prayer. Stand on the wall in prayer until you see everything on your list accomplished.
8. Open Doors
Ask God to open doors you never saw coming. Specifically pray for double doors to open—and for the opening of doors and opportunities that were previously barred shut.
In many cases, Father God has allowed delays and hindrances in many things because the solutions you thought would solve your problem were not good enough. Every closed door means a better solution somewhere, for all things work together for your good if you love God and are called according to His purposes. Therefore, pray and claim God's promise to open doors and shut other doors as only He can do.
9. The Pioneer and Entrepreneur
Last but not least, 2019 is the year of the pioneer and the year of the entrepreneur. God has gone before you through a wilderness season and even into the Promised Land. Now, however, He is expanding your vision. He is reawakening many, especially in the fields of business. (Photo via Unsplash)
Many failed business ideas have made entrepreneurs in the Body feel like failures. However, Father God sees all of it as part of His building process. He is going to place His hand softly onto entrepreneurs and visionaries in 2019, thrusting them out gently again into the realms of business. This time, however, it won't hurt.
The Lord says to entrepreneurs and pioneers: "Many paths before you appear fallow, but one of them will blossom like a rose. You have done well, good and faithful servant, and have served Me in ways you will not know until I show you your fruit in the halls of Heaven.
"Now, however, I will reward you. Expect it to be difficult in the sense that you will have to work, but expect it to be easy in the sense that I make all things new. You will see the difference in this season, for it is the season of your reward."
2019 is Final Exam Week
I believe 2019 is full of promise, but it will also be a challenging year in which the serious shall obtain great reward. You will see the greatest victories of your life manifest this next year. To see those victories, you will need to contend like never before—but you will find the Captain and Lord of hosts in your prayer closet with you. His Spirit of grace and supplication is eager to work with you to glorify Father's name on the earth, and you shall be the vessel of His praise and victory. Hallelujah! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
From His Presence
Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author, speaker, and presence-seeker whose heart is for the local church. Called to intercession and prophetic ministry, her passion is to see sons and daughters transformed by the love of Abba Father. Jamie blogs for a global readership at FromHisPresence.com, where she writes about prayer, personal revival, and the supernatural lifestyle and she has written for various ministry outlets. She holds a Master's in Biblical Studies from Berea Seminary and is a grateful member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Jamie serves as a domestic missionary in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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