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God's Cheat Sheet for 2017
January 10, 2017
Why are you looking at the door? Walk through it! God’s Cheat Sheet to pass the tests of 2017!
In a vision recently, I saw a door open in the heavenlies. The door and the frame had gray-white paint, and the paint was badly peeling. The sky was blue and rose and orange and purple and there were clouds below the door and in the background. The doorway itself seemed to be nestled in a bed of cloud.
“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1 Amplified)!”
The doorway was cracked open, not fully, maybe ten or twelve inches, just enough to see through it. As I watched, the door closed with a click. I felt panic, and in the vision, I heard myself saying, “Oh, NO!” At that moment, the Lord reminded me that doors that He opened no man can shut (see Revelation 3:7 and 3:8). Then, as I watched, the door swung open again, seemingly by itself!
I found myself studying the paint on the door frame, looking at it intently. The frame was very sturdy, and the door was solid wood – however, it was old and peeling badly. There was a familiar feel to the paint, as if I had seen it before. In fact, I felt strongly as if I really KNEW this door and this paint. Under the badly peeling paint was a dark gray primer. The paint had curled up, pulling away from the primer and the frame. One could tell that it had been a long time since it had been painted.
The Lord said to me, “Why are you looking at the door? Walk through it!”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me (Revelation 3:20).”
At the end of the vision, the Lord told me to study the verse in Revelation 4:1 about the door, both what comes before, and what comes after.
I believe the open door stands for God’s prophetic promises. I was focused on the paint in this vision. In fact, I studied it intently, and I was drawn to the primer. I KNEW that paint! I was familiar with that paint! I studied that paint and that doorframe. I have heard the prophetic promises of God, and I know them intimately! That is why that paint was so familiar to me. I know them by His Word! I have studied the prophetic promises of God, and have received many prophetic promises of my own.
The primer paint on the door frame was intact; it was the paint that was peeling. Those who have ever painted anything know that paint primer must be applied first. Primer, the undercoating that goes beneath the paint, has what is known as “tooth”. It is this “tooth” that holds the paint, and hangs onto it. “Tooth” in Hebrew is the noun “shen”, whose verb-form means “to sharpen”. Some other root-words of the noun “shen” mean “old”, “asleep”, “to repeat” and “scarlet”.
I believe God is speaking to us through that paint! I believe, in 2017, that God is saying for those who have held onto His prophetic promises, and those who have allowed Him to sharpen them in the last season, that He is repeating His promises once again! These are the same promises that seemed to be too old and asleep to come true – but will be made manifest by the scarlet blood of Jesus!
The Original Framework
I believe the old frame was the original framework of things that have not yet come to pass. The frame in the vision was sturdy and solid. God’s Word is true and His prophetic promises to us are unfailing. The peeling paint says that it’s just been a really long time! However, now the door is OPEN, and even if the door swings closed with a “click”, that God will make sure it swings wide open once again!
The PRIMER on the door frame was intact; it was the paint that was peeling. The primer in elementary school teaches young students the basics of education, and for us of faith, the Word is no different. God’s promises are the basics of our faith! His Word is the building block upon which all His promises rest. His Word is unfailing. His Word never comes back void, but rather will accomplish the thing for which it was sent.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11 KJV).”
Here is the Good News for 2017: Your promises from the Lord are still good! He hasn’t changed His mind. They are still going to come true – but they may look different than what you expect. The paint is peeling, unveiling the NEW THING that the Lord is giving you -- the same promises that He gave you so long ago!
Hours later, the Lord reminded me that I just needed to walk through the door. It’s a setup – a divine, Holy Ghost setup! The door is standing open in the heavenlies! Just walk through it! He wants you to do it, and He is going to help you!
I believe this year, 2017, will be a year of testing for many – and you will pass! I was in prayer this morning, and I believe I heard the Lord say to me that I needed to change my attitude and that He was going to be “roto-rootering” me to cleanse me of bad thought processes. In essence, He told me he would be cleansing me from the inside out. He specifically mentioned He would be giving me trials to make me strong, sending me through tribulation and testing -- all for His glory, of course.
I didn’t hesitate, and I didn’t blink. I really DID think, and respond in my heart, just like Mary: “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said (Luke 1:38).” Even so, for just a nano-second, I did have a fleeting thought of “OH NO!”, which seems to be a recurring thought process here! However, it was so fleeting that it never really grew into a sentiment.
Let me explain why this is important to us all, in this season, in 2017.
Right before the Lord reminded me that the door is OPEN, that it is a Holy Ghost set-up and all I needed to do is walk through it, He told me that He had tested me! You see, this morning was a test, and I passed! I didn’t realize I was in a test, I was just in prayer! He said to me, “You didn’t even flinch this morning when I told you that I was going to be giving you tests and trials to change your attitude.”
It’s true! I didn’t complain, I simply said, “Let it be done. Cleanse me Lord!” That was one such test, and because I have passed that test, He released to me this revelation – that most of us are going to undergo testing in 2017. But that is GOOD NEWS because the door is open! He wants you to walk through it! He wants you to pass the tests! He has even given you the answers in advance!
Pay attention, because you may already be in a test! In my case, He told me He would be testing me. I just didn’t know that He was testing me right that second, even as He was telling me that He would be testing me!
God is giving us a “cheat sheet!" He is giving us the answers to pass the tests!
You’ve come with me this far, go with me just a little bit further! God WANTS us to pass His tests so that He can fulfill the prophetic promises that He has made to us and for us. Don’t be afraid! The door is open! He is helping you to pass with ease the tests you will encounter in 2017!
Lessons learned to pass the tests of 2017:
1. Don’t complain. Whatever God is going to do for you, through you and with you, requires spiritual maturity. You cannot have a testimony without a test. You cannot be promoted without a test. Do not grumble if it seems that God is testing you, because He is! When you pass that test, you will be promoted!
2. Say Yes! Just say YES! No matter what the question is, say YES LORD. Your door is open in the heavens. God wants you to walk through it! Just say YES!
And finally, remember:
Don’t LOOK at the door! Walk through it! Your inheritance and your prophetic promises are waiting for you on the other side!
EDIE BAYER is co-founder of Kingdom Promoters along with her husband Darryl Bayer. Edie Bayer ministers as a prophetic preacher and is an author, a speaker, and traveling minister. Edie's primary call is to promote others that are ministering in the Kingdom of God, creating unity instead of a spirit of competition. Edie believes that we are to "complete and not compete!" Edie works diligently to create public and private events and invite other ministers to speak at them, helping to promote them and gain public exposure both for them and their ministries. Edie and Darryl reside on a small homestead north of the Houston area. They raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, and have two cats. Edie has two children and three grandchildren.