2018: A Year of Presence, Pruning and Waiting

Just like you, this time of the year is when I reflect on the past and look forward to the new (next week’s post).

For me, 2018 began as The Year of Presence, where I focused upon a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Father. In fact, on January 12th, I challenged you to join me on a “One Word Focus for 2018” and it became one of my most popular 2018 posts.


His Presence Led to My Pruning

As I sought greater presence, Holy Spirit gently led me into a deep dive of spiritual truth on pruning. Yes, I have been severely pruned in my business both last and this year, and through my focus on presence, I now have a better understanding as to why.  

In summary, some of my revelations this year on pruning include:

  • Pruning removes dead growth. (John 15:2)
  • Pruning ensures more light gets to all the fruit-bearing branches.
  • Pruning cuts away parts that get in the way of the best fruit.
  • Growers severely prune the oldest branches to maximize the greatest harvest.
  • Seasons of pruning lasts longer and goes further than seems reasonable.
  • God rewards all growth with pruning.
  • Pruning is a primary Kingdom way to a supernatural harvest.
  • “When you ask for abundance, you hand God the shears. (Bill Johnson)
  • “Forget about the fruit bearing (outcome). It will happen anyway. Just focus on the abiding.” (Bill Johnson) 

My Pruning Led to Waiting

This part was where I needed to go – and frankly, it was painful!

Waiting is an extremely difficult thing for me to do. I get frustrated in slow traffic (especially left-lane slow pokes), standing in slow-moving grocery lines,…you get the picture. Just wasting time ‘cause I have things to DO – “Gotta Get’Er DUN!!!!”

I could write 10+ articles on what I have learned just on waiting alone. Here are just a few of the highlight revelations. A few of the many “wait” verses that powerfully speak to me include: 

“Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage & He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

“My soul, wait patiently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5

“For evil doers will be cut off, but those who wait on the Lord they shall inherit the earth.” Psalm 37:9

Some of my key revelations this year on waiting include:

  • Wait (quwa) means to expect, look patiently, tarry, hope
  • Wait (gala) means to bind together, look for eagerly, look for with hope
  • Trust (elipzo) means to wait in full joy & confidence
  • Waiting is not doing nothing, but doing whatever you sense He desires while you epect
  • Waiting helps you grow sensitivity to the Lord and His promptings
  • Through waiting I receive strength, inheritance, signs and wonders, encouragement, endurance, even the land
  • Waiting is NOT painful sorrow but EAGER ANTICIPATION + HOPEFUL EXPECTATION

The Bible is filled with stories of those who waited and then received including:

  • Moses waited = greatest leader in the history of Isreal
  • Joseph waited = COO of Egypt
  • David waited = greatest king of Israel
  • Nehemiah waited = great rebuilder
  • Noah waited = deliverer of God’s people
  • Disciples waited = 1st large group to receive supernatural Kingdom power

Stepping into 2019

So, what has all this to do with next year? Everything – just like whatever God taught you this year impacts your journey into next year.

Next week I share my theme for 2019 – a powerful one that many of you will also embrace.

I now see why I had to go this year go through presence into pruning and waiting—— for what will be released next year!

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris serves executive teams who desire a breakthrough in strategy, innovation and teamwork. He has delivered hundreds of keynotes and business presentations around the world and is the author of numerous award-winning business books including Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business, The Impacter: A Parable on Transformational Leadership and Finding and Keeping Great Employees.

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