"A Year to Break Captivity and Come into a New Identity! Plus, a Prayer Focus Begins!"
Dear Focused Ones:
We are living in one of the most incredible and historic junctures in the history of mankind. I say that with complete confidence and, I believe, accuracy. The Lord has determined the place and the time that we live (Acts 17:24-28). In Him, we live and move and have our being. Faith works in time and place. You are in a certain time and a certain place so you can grab ahold of Him and gain purpose in your life. He knew you before the foundation of the earth. He sees your destiny through the Blood of His Son. He doesn't see you through your faults, shortcomings or mistakes. He sees you as you were meant to be. How you respond to Him, by faith, is how you become, and then overcome in a changing world.
Doors, Gates, Angels, Wealth and War
We are living in the Hebraic year 5778 (5000 + 700 + 70 + 8). You can find a better understanding of the season we are living in by looking at the Hebraic understanding of the number 70. Seventy means that your bloodline has completed a generational life cycle. This number is also linked with breaking out of captivity. This means you have endured being who you are, but now you will finish that season strong and enter into how you will represent Him and who you will become. The captivity in your bloodline that has held you from expressing the fullness of who He made you to be, is broken.
In this year of eight (8), 5778 or 2018, we must remember and contextualize everything within the understanding that we are entering a "New Beginning". All eights (8's) are linked with some "new" beginning. I love Isaiah 43:18-19 which says: "Stop dwelling on past events and brooding over times gone by! I am doing something NEW! It's springing up – can't you see it? I am making a road in the desert, rivers in the wasteland." (CJB)
"I am praying that you reflect the best God intended you to be this year."
This is the year of the GATE. In this season we are in, angels are very active to make sure we go through the gate. A gate is a place of authority and identity. A gate is a place of business transaction and wealth transference. A gate is a place of divine counsel. This is also the year of the DOOR! He came to us to become THE DOOR for us! At this time of year, I look at all the doors we (and I say we) went through. The year 2018 (5778) is summarized by five words: DOORS, GATES, ANGELS, WEALTH and WAR!
This will be a year of Firsts, New Beginnings, and Kingdom Demonstration. No matter how established you are, there will be new beginnings in your life, ministry, and spheres of authority. We, the Body of Christ, must manifest who we are and Who we represent! God has a "First Order" that will be required of His people this year. The Spirit of God is drawing out a first order that you have never seen for yourself or the mission that you are called to complete.
Your NEW Identity
A new thing can be happening, but in the midst of a beginning, we can fail to perceive the change. Eights (8's) are linked with the power of the first. FIRST is linked with prototype, something that has not been before, or something that has never emerged into the BEST quality of presentation. The real war ahead is over your new identity. The word NEW is an interesting word. There is a MOMENT of ENDING preceding a New Beginning. (Photo via picserver)
Therefore, several questions arise:
• What do we mean by IDENTITY and WHO WILL YOU BE IN THE DAYS AHEAD?
• Will you recognize the moment of change that begins your new season?
• How are you reacting when an END comes and a NEW BEGINNING starts?
• Are you willing to go beyond and into a new dimension called FUTURE?
Your true identity begins when your spirit man comes alive and you are adopted into God's family. At that point, you receive the very life and nature of God, Himself. His DNA, by His Spirit, invades your core being. You now are what He predetermined you to be. However, your spirit must invade your soul so you are transformed to reflect what you were meant to be. I am praying for an unlocking of the full destiny of who you are.
Prayer Focus: First 8 Days
I am praying that you reflect the best God intended you to be this year. This Prayer Focus (with the first eight days below) will help you develop the fullness of your identity.
Day 1: Read Psalm 139. Mediate on verses 3-6. In The Passion, theses verses are translated as: "You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and You know all the words I'm about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You've gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness You follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With Your hand of love upon my life, You impart a blessing to me. This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength."
You were knit together by Him. Lay your hands on yourself and thank God for how He knit you together.
Day 2: Read John 1:9-12. Memorize and meditate on verse 12. In The Mirror Bible, verse 12 is translated as, "Everyone who realizes their association in Him, convinced that He is their original life and that His name defines them, God gives the assurance that they are indeed His offspring, begotten of Him; He sanctions the legitimacy of their sonship."
"We are living in one of the most incredible and historic junctures in the history of mankind."
Day 3: Read Ephesian 3:16-21. Memorize and meditate on verses 19-20. In The Mirror Bible, these verses are translated as: "I desire for you to become intimately acquainted with the love of Christ on the deepest possible level; far beyond the reach of a mere academic, intellectual grasp. Within the scope of this equation God finds the ultimate expression of Himself in you. We celebrate Him who supercharges us powerfully from within. Our biggest request or most amazing dream cannot match the extravagant proportion of His thoughts towards us."
Day 4: Read Proverbs 3. Meditate on verses 5-10. Ask the Lord this year to bring forth the "first order" of why He created you.
Day 5: Read 1 Corinthians 2. Meditate on verses 6-10. God has provided us with a revelation through the Spirit. Ask the Lord to uncovered the things that need to be uncovered. Decree that the mysteries you have missed in other seasons will start being unlocked in this season.
Day 6: Read Isaiah 41. Meditate on verses 14-16. This is the chapter in which Isaiah prophesied how Cyrus would be used to change the identity of Jacob to Israel. In this chapter, the Lord keeps reminding us to "fear not" the change ahead. He then tells Jacob to move from being a worm to a new sharp threshing instrument with teeth. He then instructs him to tear down the mountains that have prevented him from advancing in the past. Now you do the same!
Day 7: Read Zechariah 3-4. Meditate on Zech. 3:3-4, and Zech. 4:6-7. Remove any old garment that you are wearing. A garment is linked with your past identity. Declare that the Lord is breaking the power of any iniquity tied to your past. Satan accuses us on the iniquity we wear. Put on your new garment, and shout GRACE to the mountain from your past that stopped you from advancing. (Photo via Tawny Nelson)
Day 8: Read Romans 12. Mediate on verses 1-3. This is a season for you to break every schematic that satan has used to conform you to an image other than what God has created you to be transformed into. To do this, your mind must be renewed. That means a restoration of freshness must penetrate your thought processes. This will formulate and help dictate your future. Ask the Lord to break all restraints that hold your gift captive, and to unlock the fullness of who you should be.
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Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries
Glory of Zion International Ministries