2010 Prophetic Words for GraceGen
During a January weekend away as elders and wives God gave us a number of significant prophetic words for us to navigate into 2010 from Isaiah 43:18-20.
2010 is going to be a year in which God will make a way (direction) where there is currently no way and bring refreshing and empowerment through dry places Isaiah 43: 19b. God is building on and expanding and maturing the word that He gave us for 2009 from Isaiah 43:18-19a about forgetting the past and seeing the new thing God is already doing. I quote: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I will give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert”.
God also spoke to us about being a church that actively believes in the promises of God, in that we are shaped and directed by them (those we have already and those to come). With much faith and assurance of His promises, we need to actively pursue the fulfilment of the promises of God in our lives, both corporately and individually.
PROPHETIC PICTURE FOR GRACE GENERATION CHURCH, January 2010
At our prayer meeting last night I received a very powerful picture which I could not share immediately because I initially couldn’t see what it all meant. Prior to last night I had an inkling of this at our elders planning weekend, when I saw a picture of ripples in a pond, radiating outwards.
As more and more people began to pray, especially for the church and for growth, my understanding of the picture grew, and then when Christa spoke of ‘radiating outwards’ and ‘reaching the lost’ I felt convinced I was seeing something from God. It kept me quiet for most of the night. The picture was this:
I saw a small pool of water. Around the water on all sides was a large expanse of dry ground; cracked and parched. As I watched I saw a large stone fall into the pool and all the water in the pool splashed out onto the dry ground, reaching far and wide, on all sides. The dry ground thirstily soaked the water up and it wasn’t dry any more. I had thought that it wasn’t possible for such a small pool to quench the thirst of such a large expanse of land, but it seemed to do just that.
The prophetic picture became clearer to me. The small pool was our church “Grace Generation”. The dry land on all sides was representative of all the lost souls around us – not just those who have never met Jesus, but all those who have backslidden from him. I initially thought it meant all those physically and geographically around us – the Scottsville surrounds – but I realised it wasn’t when Christa began to speak. I realised that God has called this church to be an oasis for a much greater area – extending into all of Africa. Not only will it be an oasis, providing refreshment and rest, but God will be using us as a community to model a new ‘people of God’ – a multi-coloured, multi-cultural, multi-lingual people with a common vision (a peculiar people!) – to love God and to love one another – a model to a desperate world.
I felt God say that he was calling all these lost souls out; that they were being called to come out from under the fig-trees of their circumstances, and that he was leading them to us so that we might enable them to drink. The large stone that fell into the small pool was the Holy Spirit, so that although there was not much water in the pool, it was the Spirit that was going to cause what was there to provide drink for many. The large stone is in fact a revival – revival is going to be seen in our generation and within our own church. We cannot imagine that such a small church (small pool) can provide for so many, but with God, all things are possible.