An Invitation to the Land of "More than Enough"
This is such a key moment in history and in the earth! God is opening up doors for us to advance in this season like never before. I know the challenges are great, but the opportunities are even greater! God wants to bring you through the door into the more in 2024! This includes more of Him, more strength, more love, and more advancement than before. I believe God wants to move us from the land of "not enough" and "just enough," and invite us to step through the door into the land of "more than enough."
We serve a God of increase and fruitfulness. I know there are always times of sacrifice and sowing, and these are essential and continual, but on the other side, God promises us that He will cause the willing and obedient to eat the good of the land!
"If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19)
The year 5784 on the Hebraic calendar speaks of doors and gates. The four is represented by the Hebrew letter "dalet," and this picture here speaks of a door that God wants to open this year. If we live in expectation and not intimidation and limitation this year, I believe this will position us for increase!
Making Room for the Prophetic
I love the story of the Shunammite in 2 Kings 4. It is so powerful and miraculous, and I believe it is speaking to us right now, this year. This woman was devout and very zealous for the prophetic. In fact, she so wanted the prophetic in her life that she not only welcomed the prophet Elisha whenever he came through town, but she took an even greater step. She literally prepared a room for him to dwell in her house.
This is so significant, because she was not satisfied to just receive a blessing from the prophet as he passed through; she did the diligent work to make room for the prophetic in her own life. You see, some people are satisfied just to get a word or blessing from prophetic ministry when it is near, but others are determined to incorporate it into their life, home, and church culture. The Shunammite built that place and positioned herself to receive the prophet's reward.
By This Time Next Year...
Remember the story? The prophet was so moved by her faith and receptiveness that he asked, "What can I do for you?" (2 Kings 4:2). Amazingly, she said, in essence, "Don't worry, I'm fine"; but she wasn't fine. The servant of Elisha recognized her true condition and relayed to Elisha that she actually did have a deep need. He told Elisha she had no son; she did not have a legacy; she was missing something near and dear to her heart. She was barren. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Why wouldn't this Shunammite woman have voiced this obvious pain and need in her life? I think it was because she had given up in despair and decided that that part of her life would never be fruitful or fulfilled. She had experienced unrelenting grief month after month, season after season, and year after year until she had given up in disappointment. She decided to settle and live with it and not raise her hopes anymore. However, the prophet powerfully pronounced to her that by that time next year, her barrenness would be broken and her heart's desire fulfilled. She had a hard time believing or receiving this, and even chided the prophet, saying, "... O man of God, don't deceive me and get my hopes up like that" (2 Kings 4:16). But sure enough, according to the word of the Lord, the promise was made manifest. She believed and conceived, and her son was born!
Some of you are hearing that same word in this season, and you need to proclaim, "By this time next year, things are going to change!" Don't be afraid to let your expectation soar at the word of the Lord!
Raising Dead Promises Back to Life
Later in 2 Kings chapter 4, it says that the Shunammite enjoyed this blessing in her life for a season of years until a desperate day came when it looked like her dream was going to turn into a nightmare right in front of her face. Catastrophically, her son died while working in the field with his dad.
What a demonic and dramatic turn of events. This must have been devastating. However, even though this was tragic news, this time there was something different about this woman. She was not going to settle, be silent or still. She didn't blame the prophetic, but immediately went back to and cried out for a divine reversal and life. She took her dead son up to the prophet's chamber she had built in a previous season. She put a demand on the prophetic. She took her dying dream to that upper room in faith, believing to receive the prophet's reward again. She laid him on the prophet's bed and shut the door behind her.
You know, some doors need to be opened, but others need to be shut! Symbolically, it was like she was shutting the door to grief, doubt, and disappointment. She knew the power of the prophetic and she was determined to see her vision renewed and resurrection life released.
If you have prepared a place in your life for the word of the Lord, then in desperate times, you'll know how and where to take your dying promise to see it restored. It was in the upper room of prophetic promise that God raised her dead son back to life.
Amazingly, this was not the end of this woman's miraculous story. In 2 Kings 8:1-8, we find that she was still following the word of the Lord. She was prophetically instructed to leave her house and land and go to a foreign country for seven years while a famine played out in Israel. This was a prophetic strategy that was given to navigate through some lean times. She obeyed the word faithfully and dutifully returned to her house. However, she returned to find something awful. She found that both her house and her land had been taken from her during those intervening years. She had followed the word of the Lord and seemingly lost everything. Others had stolen what was hers. She was distraught and her future looked dark, yet she was determined not to give into despair but to fight for what had been lost and what was right.
It then says that she went to the king to make an appeal for her house and land. She knew this was not right! She knew this was not the end of the story! She knew she had a rightful claim! She knew that she needed to make an appeal to see a reversal of her fortunes.
I believe this is a season where we have to know how to make a rightful appeal for our homes, lives and families, and also make an appeal for our land, our nations, and our futures! (Photo via Pxhere)
Now I want you to receive the dramatic dynamic of the timing and turnaround of this moment. At the very moment that she came to make her appeal to the king, Elisha's servant was there with the king, recounting the story of the Shunammite and Elisha and her miraculous son. The servant noticed her and told the king that the very woman he was speaking of was there at that moment. A coincidence? No, this was a "kairos" moment or an appointed time. The king's heart was turned toward the Shunammite, and he made a powerful decree in her favor! He commanded a certain officer to restore all that she had lost.
But wait, there's more... He also decreed that she should receive all the proceeds she should've gotten from the land while she was gone! Wow, that's a double portion! Restore and more!
God is appointing angels of recovery ("officers") to help you get it all back, plus interest! You'll get what you lost and what should've been accruing in your account all along! This is the prophet's reward in action.
It's time for the door to the more to swing wide for us this year, both in key "kairos" alignments and opportune moments of favor. Let's make strategic appeals for our house and our land in this hour! Let's have an expectation to go through the door of the more that God opens this year. Don't let any lie of limitation, grief of the past or intimidation stop you! Let's stay aligned with the word of the Lord and see the opening of the door to the more in kairos moments this year as we seek to advance His Kingdom more than ever before!
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Vision Church @ Christian International
Tom and Jane Hamon¬†are the senior pastors of Vision Church @ Christian International in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Their ministry together is an example to the Body of Christ of a husband and wife team working in tandem and unity to accomplish God's purposes. Their ministry is characterized by a rich deposit of God's wisdom to provide apostolic covering for the Church, prophetic teaching and ministry, and demonstration of Kingdom anointing and power. They travel as an apostolic/prophetic team to the nations, imparting both the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation to establish the Church and break open territories through spiritual warfare for the Kingdom of God to be experienced in a powerful and practical way.
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