There is a theme for this next decade that carries the words 2020 vision, clarity, focus, no longer distracted and healing. It is a decade of God's people entering into and operating from a place of rest. For many of us being focused and staying that way is a challenge. Not all of us are naturally good at it, nor are we good at organisation, planning and being disciplined. I want to introduce to you some challenges and tips to help us keep our focus and clarity. The coming year will see many of us healed and released into new ministries, assignments and purpose and we will need to learn some new skills to steward this well.
At a time of seeking the Lord back in 2000 about who He has made me to be and what He has called me to do, He gave me a vision one morning of a coat, and the following is what He spoke to me.
God has a coat (life plan and purpose) for me that is mine alone, that fits me perfectly in all respects. But I must take it off the hook and put it on (we must choose to step into what God has for us). It will feel totally at home and comfortable on me and I need not fear wearing it (God’s plans for us are for good and not evil).
It will not be too short and lacking what I need, nor too big that it will fall off me so that I would always be having to hold onto it with one hand, and only have one hand to do everything else. It will not be too hot nor too cold, nor the fabric too weak. It is a coat that speaks of authority, power and purpose (anointing).
It will not be an ugly coat that does not suit who I am, and it would be a coat made for the purpose (God’s call on my life) for which I will need it. I must use it everyday, for if I let it sit hanging on the hook it will become stiff, damp, mouldy and full of bugs. I must keep it clean and washed (prayer, communion, obedience, repentance) , and never use for a purpose it was never intended for (wrong motives, ungodly purposes).
My coat has arms to love and serve with. It has a collar to keep the chill of the wind out (Satan’s attacks). It is long enough to protect my back from the weather, and goes all the way around me, buttoning up comfortably. It is sufficient for all I need it for.
It has pockets that carry the tools I need to use. The buttons keep the coat snug on me - they are prayer, praise, humility, commitment, forgiveness, grace etc. There are buttons on the cuffs of the sleeves - servanthood, giving, helping, mercy, compassion. On the breast pocket of my coat is a coat of arms. It belongs to the One who made the coat for me. It speaks of I serve, who I belong to, and under whose authority I wear the coat.
In that breast pocket I carry a handkerchief so I can remember that the Creator of my coat, sent His son to die for me. As He rose up out of His grave clothes He took a square of cloth from His face and walked out of a tomb of death into victory.
This coat is mine. It does not and never will belong to anyone else. It may get mouldy from lack of use, but it will never perish because of overuse. The more I wear it and use, the stronger it’s fabric will become. The bolder and more vibrant will its colors be. Unlike a coat in the natural, it is I who will have to be adjusted to fit the coat. Then I will have a coat just like Joseph did.
Just a quick blog today on entering new assignments. I came across some notes in my journal about this and thought I would share a couple of experiences that might be helpful to others.
This year God started releasing many people into new assignments, new positions, workplaces, projects, and divine connections so they can be people of influence who leave a spiritual impact.
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW YOU GO IN
Joseph went into Egypt as a prisoner and came out as one of it’s most powerful leaders. I’m not sure if Joseph fully discerned what was happening in his life at that time and what God’s full purpose for his situation was. He chose to trust God with what was happening to him at the time. In the days ahead we may find ourselves ‘going in’ to different situations and not necessarily in the way or the position we might want it to be. Let me tell you a story to illustrate this.