Recently a friend asked me to do a teaching on some keys into Advancing into 2020 for a private group he leads. The Lord spoke some pretty awesome things, so I figured I’d share a few keys with you, as well. After all, who doesn’t want to advance WELL when going into a new year?
Key number one is, I believe the MOST important key for any season of life. Let’s just call this the “master key.” The master key is learning to lean into His Presence without coming out early. I believe that most lovers of Jesus have become quite good at lingering in His Presence a little longer, but this key goes beyond lingering. This key requires utter trust that God can bend time for you, should you need it. A trust that Holy Spirit can teach your kids to either leave you to be with Him, or join you quietly while you wait upon the Lord. I call it the master key because it draws you so deep into the Father’s heart that it opens every door you need (ie. affirmation, clarity, breakthrough, fear of the Lord, hunger, intercession, consecration, etc.).
Instead of just getting “filled up” and coming out with a bit of an overflow, you are literally smeared with His Presence and don’t miss out on the fullness of what God wants to show you or say or do because of distractions or time.
You get to minister to His heart, and He takes care of the rest (Matthew 6:33). He is SO worthy.
Key number two is simply to lean into the tension, and don’t drop your arms. I liken this to that of an archer who has pulled the arrow way back in the bow, ready to shoot at any moment. The seconds before the arrow is released, there is a great tension in the archer’s arms. If the archer drops their arms for just a second, the arrow either launches in the wrong direction and way too early, falls flat, or hurts someone or something because it is off target.
I felt the Lord say that some people will want to drop their arms because they are weary and/or tired of disappointment, while others will drop too soon and launch out into the wrong direction, catching the wrong winds because of their impatience. Still others are ready to launch, they just need to lean back for just that little bit longer so that the target is exact and the arms are more steady.
God CAN steady your arms, if you lean into key number one! “But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (Genesis 49:24, NLT).
The last key for advancing well into 2020 is to prophesy over yourself and the next decade. Job 22:28 says, “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you…” (NASB). 2020 is the Hebrew year of “the mouth,” and while praying into this the Lord gave me the most amazing visual to explain it! He whispered gently to me, “look at the fan.”
Here’s the context: I’m currently living in Brisbane, Australia, where it is the very hot beginning of an even hotter summer. We have a little stationary fan near the bed, and it is almost always turned on these days. This particular day when the Lord asked me to look at the fan, I saw that there was a small, white feather that had somehow come to be on the corner of my bed just in front of the fan. As the fan blades turned with great momentum and force, this little feather was blown up into the air, and then flitted across the room where it gently landed on another piece of furniture near the window. The Lord said that this is what our prophetic words do in the Spiritual. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing, so when we prophesy over ourselves and we HEAR what the Lord is wanting to do in our lives, our faith is built (turn fan blade once).
This faith that has been built in us then causes more faith to grow and greater declarations to come forth from our mouths (turn fan blade again, faster). After a few more of these prophetic declarations, our faith is so high that our emotions engage with the faith, and things begin to shift in the natural as angels are released on our behalf (see the fan blade getting more momentum?).
Soon, what’s happening in the Spiritual is that a great force and momentum from our very mouths has caused our little “feathers” to be lifted up and moved over – or advanced – into an entirely new location. How amazing is God?!
The beautiful thing too is that if one of these other keys doesn’t work or seems to feel dull or flat, we can always go back to the MASTER KEY for everything we need.
I hope these keys bless you as they are blessing me.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, and I pray that you advance well into 2020!
~ Mandy Woodhouse