2017 & BEYOND - THE THRIVING YEARS

For the past few months I have been seeing the word THRIVE everywhere. Thrive means to "prosper, flourish, grow vigorously, develop well, bloom, blossom, do well, advance, make strides, succeed, boom, profit, and expand" and I believe that we are entering a season in the Kingdom of God marked with such momentum and growth, expansion and health, increase and unity, authority and influence like we have never known.

THE HEALTHY BRIDE

The past year has been heart surgery for most, God has been leading us through deep healing of the pain and trauma of the past, the memories, the failures, guilt, shame, and condemnation, wrong mindsets, and other beliefs that have formed strongholds that hinder and block the flow and move of the Spirit in our lives. God is preparing the bride to be the representation of health to the world.

In 1 John 3:2 it says; “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers”

There is something about having a healthy soul that enables us to live whole in every other aspect of our lives. It governs the level of prosperity we can sustain in other areas, health, success, great relationships, as well as financial prosperity. Our souls consisting of our mind, will, and emotions is in a state of renewal, and the more we learn to surrender them to the Spirit the more we experience the fullness of life Jesus paid for.

Romans 12:2 says that we are not to conform to this world but be transformed by renewing our minds. The Greek word used in this scripture was the word “anakaínōsis” which means “completing a process” “make fresh, new"; “a new development; a renewal, achieved by God's power”.

I see God doing such a new thing in the lives of believers right now that completely overhauls marriages, relationships, and families. God is taking the losses of the past, the scattered ruins of yesterday and rebuilding us into a marvelous picture of restoration.

In Psalms 23:3 it says “He restores our soul” The word for “restores” in Hebrew is yĕšôbēb, and it means “to turn back, return, bring back, restore, refresh, and take back”. God wants to heal your soul so your deepest, innermost spiritual, mental, and emotional being is replenished with life and truth.

Galatians 2:20 says that it "is no longer you that lives but CHRIST IN YOU" You are His and He wants the whole temple, body, soul, and spirit thriving!

RIPE AND FULL

The word thrive comes from the root word "Thrifa" which means "grasp, or take hold of" and I believe it is by taking hold of what we have been given that we begin to thrive and grow. God has been waiting for us to step into the MORE and begin to use the keys of the kingdom he has given us.

The church is coming into her ripeness and fullness. Stepping out of the shadows of silo thinking and separation, and coming into unity, out from under mans vision and limited scope, and into kingdom perspective and vision, out of dead activity and powerlessness, and into power and prominence, out of slumber and apathy, and into awakening and taking hold of the truth of who we are, utilizing heavens resources.

Jesus commissioned us with “Greater things than these shall you do” and we are in a time of rapid acceleration into the “more” as believers take the keys of the kingdom and dare to use them. They are taking heaven by force and earth is experiencing the fallout that takes place as a result.

YEARS OF DISCOVERY

Emerging from the cyclic dysfunction of generational strongholds, religious oppression, and identity crisis is emerging a church so vibrant and powerful that is not shrinking back but transitioning. We have left behind the age of the church and are coming into the kingdom age where the Spirit of God is awaking us to who we are and what we have access to.

I had a dream recently where I was at a careers day expo and I was walking around the auditorium looking at different displays that were set up, but it was like a kingdom careers day! I didn't see "prophet, apostle, pastor, etc", I saw many other names i was not familiar with but were new and unique expressions and assignments that were available for us to step into.

There is an invitation right now to discover where you fit, and how you can know what you were born to do. God is mantling and commissioning you, and aligning you with a family and tribe that will champion you into your destiny.

TIME FOR GREATER GLORY - VISION OF THE CLOUDS

Throughout 2016 one of my prophetic symbols has been clouds. God would show me clouds over cities in regions and would it relate the spiritual climate of that place that I could pray into.

Recently I had a vision in worship where I saw a window and I placed both of my hands out of this window with my palms open. As I did it began to gently rain until it became a deafening torrential downpour that was weighing my hands down, then like a tsunami of water flooded down over me. The lord then says to me in the vision "this is the downpour of my glory". Then I watched as I saw the rain clouds begin to descend until then landed in my hands and the Lord says to me "you have the authority to take my glory wherever you want" and I saw these clouds being sent over cities, regions and nations.

The story of Elijah in 1 King's 18 came to my spirit where after defeating the prophets of Baal, Elijah says to Ahab;

"Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 1 King's 18:41

Soon after Elijah orders his servant to go look out towards the sea seven times, and on the seventh time he reports back that he saw a cloud the size of a mans hand approaching. The cloud was not only a sign of an approaching downpour to quench a terrible drought, but also of a spiritual shift that was coming to the land, a sign of God bringing restoration and healing to the land.

As the bride emerges in maturity over the coming years we will begin to recognize the responsibility and authority we have to export what we host and carry to the nations that are in spiritual drought and release an outpouring of His glory.

The Israelites were guided in the desert by a cloud by day and fire by night which represented his abiding presence, and the key to moving with the Lord in this season is simply to abide in him and out of that place will flow rivers that flow to the nations.

I prophesy that it is your time to THRIVE and ALL areas that were void of life are bout to bud, blossom, and bloom and you will come into your best years, in Jesus name!

Nate Johnston