As we have already entered into 2023, here are some prophetic thoughts about this year. This year has clearly been marked by the Lord as a time to prosper, to take back land and to see His glory. As we fully embrace a Kingdom mindset, we will see these things take place on a personal level.
Prosperity in 2023
God's plan is prosperity for our lives. He wants us to prosper in whatever we put our hand to. Every thought that the devil has is "impoverished," while every thought inspired by God is "prosperous." God is the source of all prosperity. What does it mean to prosper? It means to break out and be profitable.
God is the Creator of INCREASE and profit. He spoke the words "let there be light" in the beginning, and the universe is still expanding and increasing! There is no lack in Him. That's why Jesus could say, "But seek first the KINGDOM of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33, emphasis added). According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, "profit" can mean "valuable return" or "gain." God calls us into a place of continual breakthrough and gain, where we break out into new places of His blessing.
With this, it is essential to have Kingdom thinking. We realize that there are many religions in the world, but Jesus did not bring a religion. Jesus brought the KINGDOM. Man has created religion, not God. Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men – not create a man-made system. The Kingdom of God is central. While there are many religions, there are only two kingdoms. There is the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. So instead of asking someone what religion they are, ask them, "What Kingdom are you in?" You are either in the Kingdom of God or the devil's kingdom.
This is why it is a legal matter. This is why Jesus is THE WAY into the Kingdom of God. He is the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He paid the price to give us entrance into the Kingdom of God. We are born again into HIS Kingdom and family (John 3:3-7). No one can enter the KINGDOM unless they are born again – coming to Jesus who is THE DOOR.
With this in mind, we have crossed over into a vast and huge inheritance – into the far superior Kingdom of light, as opposed to a most inferior kingdom of darkness. The Kingdom of light is a complete reflection of the King Himself, Jesus.
"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love." (Colossians 1:13)
This has been God's intent all along, throughout Scripture and to this day, as His goal is to have a Kingdom of priests.
"'And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel." (Exodus 19:6)
"...To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own Blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6) (Photo via Pexels)
This is nothing new, as He demonstrated His prosperous nature in blessing Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, both in natural and spiritual blessings – prosperity in both realms.
"Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous." (Genesis 26:12-13)
It is also seen in His promises that as we obey His commands and follow His voice, He will bless us "coming in and going out." But if we rebel and disobey, that's another story that we don't want to be a part of (Deuteronomy 28).
"And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 28:2)
This is under the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is far superior with BETTER PROMISES. The fullness of prosperity is realized in Christ. Remember that everything about the devil's kingdom is impoverished. Everything associated with the Kingdom of God is PROSPEROUS. The devil steals, kills and destroys; that is his nature.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
God gives LIFE and gives it MORE ABUNDANTLY! These kingdoms are completely contrary to each other. That means that when you see one word that represents the devil, pick the complete OPPOSITE and that will represent God.
Just to clarify: just because someone is rich in worldly goods does not mean they are prosperous. Prosperity is totally different from materialism. Materialism is the worship of material goods – the natural realm. Some of the richest people in the world are the most miserable, depressed, oppressed, addicted...the list goes on and on; while others who carry the appearance of "happy" are godless, empty and deceived in darkness (1 Corinthians 15:32). Worldly happiness is not joy. Joy only comes from the Holy Spirit, and it is not tied to material and natural pleasures.
"For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17)
Prosperity comes from God, as it carries BOTH natural and spiritual blessings, flowing from the spiritual into the natural.
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." (3 John 1:2)
What about Jesus? He was prosperous, having abundance. He was so prosperous, He allowed Judas to handle the money bags, and Judas helped himself from them as John 12:4-6 says: "But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, 'Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?' This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it."
Jesus continues, "For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always" (John 12:8). Jesus made a distinction between those with an impoverished life.
It is God's will to prosper you in this year. Believe in His prophets and you will what? PROSPER (2 Chronicles 20:20). Again, "...they PROSPERED through the prophesying of Haggai and Zechariah..." (Ezra 6:14, emphasis added).
Embrace prosperity in 2023, because you need it to do His Kingdom work! Realize that you can do nothing of Kingdom value without God's prosperity and blessing in your life. We don't function independent of God but totally dependent upon HIM. Is there work and sacrifice involved? YES, especially in regard to our pursuit of God. And it's all worth it.
Taking the Land
There are lands that must be taken this year. No matter what it is, you can believe that God wants to do it. Be it according to your FAITH (Matthew 9:29). Don't limit your thinking, because God wants you to break out and break forth into the new thing that He has in store for you. It is good and healthy to FORGET the former things, as God wants to do a NEW THING. Learn how to MOVE ON and FORWARD into the NEW! Clean up what you need to and move on. The Lord will show you what needs to be dealt with so you can move forward. Don't live in the past, but move into your future in the Lord.
"Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19) (Photo via Unsplash)
"Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And He said to me, 'Write, for these words are true and faithful.'" (Revelation 21:5)
God loves to do new things in our lives. He makes ALL things new. He wants to keep things fresh in our lives. He does not want us to get stagnant but to come alive! Believe for the impossible for that is what God specializes in. Faith is not for what is possible but for that which is IMPOSSIBLE. Only believe.
The lands that need to be taken are not limited to families, children, open-door opportunities, natural blessings, financial blessings or whatever the Lord has spoken to you personally. God wants to fulfill the dreams He has given you. Now is the time to believe for all that God wants to pour out. With this does come a price to pay. Oh yeah, that part...
As always, there is a cost to see these things come to pass in your life, but it is worth it. By the grace of God, you will pay the price and see the full manifestation of His goodness in your life. Seek God for direction. As He speaks and you obey, then you will see the blessings of the Lord overtake you!
A Year of Glory - Exploding!
The glory of God is going to explode in 2023! The glory of His presence will come – wave upon wave; stronger and stronger. Recently, I've seen many dreams of family members coming to the Lord. Some of the most impossible situations are going to turn around for the glory of God. Revival will break out and we will see a new wave of harvest coming in.
The beginning of this year is a great time to really press in, seek the Lord, get into position and be ready for this outpouring of His Spirit. Things that were delayed on a global scale in revival are going to break out this year. May the Lord give you grace to seek His face because it's going to be "way better than good"!
In conclusion, be encouraged to engage in worship, prayer, the Word and fasting, as this will help you to break out into a prosperous place. Understand that fasting is not to earn points with God but for you to personally sensitize your spirit to His Spirit, to enhance the relationship you have with the Lord, to cleanse your heart and to hear His voice more clearly.
"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Matthew 6:17-18)
You will be BLESSED as you give your total surrender to the Lord. You have the best heavenly Father who is THE REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him. When He sees you in the secret place, He will REWARD you openly.
Have a most blessed, amazing, powerful, anointed, overflowing, glorious and majestic breakthrough year in 2023!
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