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Strengthened for the New Year: Closer to Jesus
January 1, 2017
The Holy Spirit gave me a word concerning the body of Christ for the coming year. Jesus is raising up strong leaders, but they must first be established in their personal relationship with Him.There is a story in the gospels ( Luke 10:38-42) that speaks about two sisters named Mary and Martha. They were also the sisters of Lazarus (who was later raised from the dead). Martha opened her home to Jesus one day, and as He was sitting down speaking, Mary sat at His feet and intently listened to all that He had to say. Martha was distracted by all the preparations and she said to Jesus: Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Jesus replied: "Martha, Martha," you are worried and upset about many things but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen which is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
Jesus wants to visit us also, but some of us are distracted with so many other things that we are not even aware of His presence. You cannot have power without the Holy Spirit, but you will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You cannot have spiritual authority without the word of God. The word is alive and active, and sharper than any two edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. That is where we receive revelation.
The Lord says: Come a little closer in your relationship with Me. Not just to know "of" Me, but to know Me in a personal way. As you walk with Me, you will be one with Me. As you talk with Me, you will learn to communicate with Me and recognize My voice. You will no longer be in doubt or fear because you will know that I am for you and not against you. I will show you what it is to abide in Me. I will give you discernment and show you the paths to avoid. I will make the crooked paths straight, and the rocky roads smooth as you pursue the plans that I have for you. You will receive revelation with ease as you follow My word because My word releases light to those in darkness. My word will bring deliverance to those of you who are under the shadow of death as it becomes a light to your path. It is through a relationship with Me that this will be accomplished says the Lord.
After I wrote this, I came across a word that the Lord gave me a few years ago. I feel that this is imperative for the New Year. The bible speaks of King Davids mighty army in 1 Chronicles 12:8. Some of them were Gadites who the bible describes as men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains. The Lord showed me this scripture as an analogy of His end time army. They are called to great exploits as they march together as one.
The Lord says, I am raising up those who are strong and very courageous. I am looking for men and women of valor. They are are bold, and defiant in battle. As you stand immovable and refuse to be intimidated, I will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you. They will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven. I am calling forth the warriors who will never retreat when the adversary comes against them because I have trained their hands for war and their fingers for battle. I am placing those on the front lines who are sharp shooters, those in My secret services, and those who are able to stand against the warfare. To them I will reveal the secrets of the kingdom of darkness and expose their strategies.
My warriors will recognize that it is not flesh and blood that they are battling against but of powers, principalities, rulers of darkness and wickedness in high places. They are highly experienced, proficient in their duties and they know their mission. They are those who understand the significance of wearing the full armor of God. They know their rank and are submitted to their authority therefore they stay in the position to which they were assigned. I am looking for those who are bold and ready to face challenges, tenacious in spiritual warfare, alert and watchful of the enemy. They are those whose faces are like the faces of lions. Those who see them recognize the strength and determination that they carry. Their enemies see the tenacity inside of them, therefore they cower back in fear. They do not become discouraged and will never compromise.
They are adamant against the kingdom of darkness and they will stand immovable in the face of adversity. They are as swift as gazelles on the mountains, mobile, active men and women, ready to fight wherever and whenever they were needed. They will watch out for one another and be careful to avoid friendly fire. Those who enlist in My end time army will never have to be concerned with the wiles of the evil one because they know that I am standing with them at all times. As My end time army emerges, I will give them the wisdom, discernment and understanding as I reveal My strategies for the days ahead; says the Lord.
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
1 Chronicles 12:8
Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.
2 Timothy 2:4
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
A Word In Season
ELAINE TAVOLACCI resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, "A Word in Season," has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.