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!