Last Sunday at church I went up to give my weekly word to the congregation. Usually I get what I'm going to release in my morning prayer time or during worship, so I go up in front of the people prepared. This past Sunday, however, I had no idea what I was going to say.
As I received the mic and made my way to the center of the stage, a boldness rose up in me and words just started to flow out. I declared that this week there was coming restoration and abundance. That God was beginning to pour out the fruit that had been waiting all winter to be released. That this Spring was significant, for this year is significant. I implored the people to keep their eyes open for what was coming, and to celebrate even the small breakthroughs. For often we get the acorn that, when stewarded correctly, becomes a mighty oak of blessing.
I released the word and made my way out, electric with the buzz of adrenaline, and hoping that I hadn't just made all that up!
Then, two days ago, we received this in the mail:
It was a notice offering us money owed to us from over 4 years ago. I had no idea this was even owed to me!
Then today this word was released by Lana Vawser. What she says is very similar to what I was stirred to speak out.
Also today I just found out that someone in our congregation just got their inheritance released to them. It had been in limbo for some time. Another person in the office just got a substantial check. And yet another person just had a breakthrough in their family that they had been praying into! The reports just keep coming in!
In prayer time this morning I heard "Psalm 147". I went to read it and came across this:
He blankets the earth with glistening snow;
painting the landscape with frost.
Sleet and hail fall from the sky,
causing waters to freeze before winter's icy blast.
Then he speaks his word and it all melts away;
as the warm spring winds blow, the streams begin to flow. (Psalm 147:16-18. Emphasis added)
Every year Spring is about abundance. It's when things warm back up, allowing the earth to take in the life-giving rain and sunshine. In the cold of winter the seeds dig deep, taking root beneath the cold surface, biding their time and growing in preparation to sprout and blossom. The seasons are purposeful, designed by God to bring abundance. In winter we are reminded that old things must die to produce more.
Let me make this clear: A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat -- all because one grain died. - John 12:24
This past winter lasted longer than usual for many. But it had to. Last year, 2017, was declared a Year of Breakthrough, and oh, did the breakthrough come for many! Person after person entered new levels last year. I've had it confirmed to me by several, as well as multiple instances in my own life.
With such great breakthroughs a time of taking root was needed. There needed to be a time of allowing old things, things unable to pass into the new seasons of our lives, to die. So the past few months have been trying for many. As a result it left some wondering, "did I really get my breakthrough?" Some have wanted to give up
But now the perseverance is paying off! Spring is here, and God is releasing the abundance that was promised! Wrongs from the past are being restored. The new land that was taken is starting to bear fruit. It's time to rejoice!
As we enter this season we can expect renewal and refreshment. God is building us back up after the long winter, the long fight. He is making all things new as we move from glory to glory!
It is imperative that as we move forward in this we resist any temptation to dig up the former things that were allowed to die. As we enjoy this new season, as we grow in strength, we must continue to look forward. The breakthrough, the entering of your "Promised Land" also requires you to keep moving ahead and taking ground. God doesn't pour out His blessing and favor for us to squalor it or to selfishly fatten ourselves (metaphorically speaking). He does so that we can steward and grow it further, and then pour out that blessing onto those around us. This is a season of equipping and strengthening His children so that we can build up those around us.
The greatest revival in history is at our doorstep! We must be healthy in order to rebuild the broken, to give them a safe place to be restored. We all once knew that place of brokenness ourselves, but God would not have us stay there!
So enjoy this season! Enjoy the abundance coming from our Almighty Father! Thank Him every day and count your numerous blessings. Celebrate them all, large and small, that He might pour out more!
And prepare yourself for stewardship. The storehouses are being filled. God is building up His church. He is restoring us to our identity and destiny. To be the healthiest, most joyful, safest, most blessed, and most loving people on earth! He is inviting us back to exuding excellence and providing the means to do so.
Rejoice! Winter is over and Spring is here! Embrace the blessings of the Father, the fruit of your toil. Steward it well and generously pour it out upon others.
I believe wholeheartedly that these next few months are going to open up the doors for many to enter into a place of abundance where they will never know lack again. The responsibility is to recognize this season, and begin to prepare plans of stewardship. Last year the Lord told me to sit down and put together a Wealth Plan. So I put into writing a strategy for growing and maintaining whatever was released to my family. With the Lord's help I determined a Biblical plan of sowing generously, investing for the future, and living excellently. While I haven't yet received what I need to put this plan into action I have made sure I'm ready for when it comes.
Blessing is pouring out almost everywhere I look. Be ready, for your turn is coming!
The season of abundance, of fruitfulness, is here! Hallelujah!
Justin Carpenter has a passion for Christ and His body. Justin longs to see the body of Christ be equipped and sent out into all the world preaching the gospel of the kingdom with authority and power.