2017 – The Year Where Great Expectations Are Turning into Reality!
By Sarah Beveridge
A little Re-cap of 2016
Last January 2, 2016 I posted what I had received from the Lord for 2016. The message actually started to be revealed to me on November 30, 2015. In that post “2016 and Beyond – The Coming Move of the Spirit” I wrote about the scriptures Holy Spirit led me to for 2016, which was John chapter 16. The Lord then confirmed that chapter with a prophetic experience in my life that lasted for three months.
As we are now entering into the year 2017, I have reflected on the past year and I am encouraged to see the things I wrote about started to manifest, and it is just the beginning.
After the election of Donald Trump, so many things came into focus for me. The first thing I recognized is that over the last eight years during the Obama administration, the church, for the most part, had retreated into itself and had not been an effective witness or engaged the culture. This created a huge vacuum in society where the devil got a foothold and was able to get his message and agenda spread far and wide during that time. But the message and agenda of the Kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ has been marginalized and even demonized. Christians became fearful.
This lack of witness in the culture and society is in complete disobedience to the instructions Jesus gave us. He said to go be the salt and light before men, and go make disciples of all nations. (Mat 5:13-16, Mat 28:19-20, Mar 16:15-18.) The Lord confirmed to me our failure in this commandment when He gave me a vision in June 2016 of a dust pan with a salt shaker in it. Wow that one stung!
I have to confess that I did not even vote in the 2012 presidential election. I have barely and rarely prayed for President Obama and the leaders in our government. Except that I did continually ask that the Lord would raise up godly leaders in our government and also overturn Roe vs. Wade. I felt like I needed to repent of this lack of prayer because scripture is clear we are to pray for our leaders. Whether we believe it or not, it is GOD who appoints those in authority over us. IT IS WRITTEN! Read Romans 13:1-7, Daniel 2:21 and Daniel 4:17. I believe that the eight years of Obama will actually turn out to be a good thing for the church. When Hillary Clinton was running and we contemplated how bad things would get with her as our leader, it was a wakeup call for the church. We may not have realized that if we had not already faced eight years under Obama. And this brings me to the FOUR things the Lord personally gave me to share, and pray into for the upcoming year. The number “four” biblically symbolizes Gods creative works, and I believe He gave me these four things because God is going to show Himself very strong in His people in 2017!
Number One – Be the Salt and Light
Fear has really gripped the church when it comes to how we engage in our society, and especially pastors, and the Lord is saying STOP BEING FEARFUL! We have not been given a spirit of fear!
1 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Let us make it a priority to be the salt and light we are called to be! This is a huge issue for the church. And it also means a lot to the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not shrink back! But instead engage in our culture and engage the people around you by letting your saltiness “rub” them a little. Do not be afraid to do this, because God has said that when we plant seeds and water, He brings the increase!
To be “salty and shine your light” does not necessarily entail speaking in “Christianese” all the time. People do indeed get turned off by that. Ask the Lord to help you be an effective witness with a new expression of saltiness, light and love and a language that gets the attention of people and “rubs” them into thinking about things in a different way. Ask the Lord to help you see as He sees and love as He loves. It’s time to do this saints. Make no mistake about it, the Lord is watching how we are going to respond to this time of reprieve He has given us.
Number Two – Great Expectations are turning into Reality!
On November 13, 2016 I had a very amazing experience. I was sitting on my couch praying and waiting on the Lord. All of a sudden the atmosphere shifted so dramatically that my left ear popped really loud and I had to look around to see what just happened. Then I felt GREAT HOPE rise in my spirit. As this happened I heard these words come into my spirit and I spoke them out loud, “Great expectations are turning into reality!” I believe what happened is that an angel of the Lord entered the room and brought this message from the Lord. I have had other experiences with angels (and demons) where a shift in the atmosphere occurred, so I knew that is what it was.
This message has been very encouraging, but also challenging to me since I typically am one who has low expectations, and I believe the Lord is dealing with me on this issue. In 2016 the Lord was dealing with me on what comes out of my mouth. I have been led to pay attention to what I say and stop coming into agreement with the devils kingdom and start coming into agreement with God by speaking life and love.
Next month will be nine years I have been walking with Jesus with my whole heart. For the first several years it seemed my focus was on “Gods impending judgment” and then I shifted to the “imminent rapture” for a couple years. From my observation it appears that most born again Christians fall into about three to four groups, the impending judgment camp, the rapture camp and the blessings camp. In reality all are biblical and I believe God judges, and I believe in the rapture and Gods blessings. But what I have learned is that we must seek and desire to be aligned with what God is doing at any given time, because HIS plans are what really matters and this is the group I want to be part of. And God is telling us to EXPECT GREAT THINGS and they will turn into reality!
I recently read that “the most vital key in the period between believing and manifesting the answer is this matter of expectation.”
The definition of expectation is:
-a strong belief that something will happen, or be the case in the future
-the degree of probability that something will occur
Expectations can be negative also, so we must change our outlook to align with God and stop leaning on our own understanding, and low expectations. : )
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope (G1680 – EXPECTATION) fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope (EXPECTATION) by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Matthew 15:11 It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
1 Corinthians 9:10 …it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both EXPECT a share of the harvest.
Number Three – Seven Fold Refining Fire in 2017
This morning I was in prayer and asked Jesus if He had anything else for me to share for 2017. In waiting on the Lord, He spoke clearly, “seven fold refining fire in 2017 for those who have not cooperated with the Lords pruning.”
When I asked what “seven fold” meant, the Lord said “unto completion.” The term “seven fold” is found in the scriptures about 34 times in connection to the term “seven times,” and these scriptures bear witness to completion. Here is the link to read them for yourself.
Saints, the refiner’s fire, also known as “pruning” in John chapter 15, is a very critical aspect of our sanctification in order to mature into overcomers. I have experienced it repeatedly, and I’m sure most of you reading this have also. But there are many who have resisted the Lord and are not walking in obedience to His desire to prune in order to produce more excellent fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:1-4).
Just yield to the Lord and go with it. You will be very glad you did, and I can also tell you it is never as bad as you think it will be. Afterward I have always thought that it could have been much worse and thanked the Lord that is was not.
The True Vine – John 15
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Number Four – Seven Fold Friendship with Jesus in 2017
I saved the best one for last. This was also spoken to me in prayer this morning and I knew immediately this speaks to what the Lord had been teaching me about the tabernacle of Moses since 2014. At the end of 2014 I wrote a book called “My God and Yours Jesus Christ, a Letter to my Brethren.” In the writing of that book the Lord told me, “the pattern of the tabernacle overlays everything.” I speak about this in the book. More revelation has been revealed to me about the tabernacle in the last two years. This word relates to it.
There are three chambers in the tabernacle, the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Each chamber has an amazing amount of typology, symbology and prophetic foreshadow. I highly recommend study of the tabernacle. Check out the chart I made that may be of help.
The Outer Court speaks to the Christians who are saved by grace but have not been sanctified. Since they have not entered into the Holy Place, where the table of showbread and lamp-stand are located, they are lacking the sanctification the bible clearly teaches is a necessary part of our progress toward overcoming.
The Holy Place symbolizes the Bride of Christ because she is set apart and sanctified by the Holy Spirit and the word of God.
As if being the Bride of Christ were not enough, the Most Holy Place symbolizes the “Friends of God” and the “Friends of the Bridegroom.” This is a very controversial thing and I know many may not track with this, but I am telling you saints that our relationship with Jesus is totally based on the level that we choose. If you want to be Gods friend, then you are invited! And that is what the Lord is saying here. He is going to bring many of His people into an amazing friendship with Him and “unto completion.”
The Holy Spirit is saying “becoming is overcoming.” The more we become like Christ and are formed into His image the more we overcome. The closer we are to Him, the more we become like Him! In reality, this is the most important part of being a Christian, above winning souls and really anything we “do” for the Lord.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”
Becoming a friend of the Lord will entail coming out of your comfort zone and taking up His heart and agenda, including His pain. I had a dream in September 2016 where I realize now I was given a glimpse of this. In the dream I was on a couch (means my covenant with God) and I saw my “Father” standing in a hallway, (means transition.) The hallway was dark and I could not see Him clearly, but I knew He wanted me to know more about him. I then took a pillow I was holding and covered my head and face because I could not look at Him. This dream is speaking about a transition out of my comfort zone and into the deep knowledge of God, including knowing those things that will make me uncomfortable. Dear Lord, I want to be your friend, help me come out of my comfort zone and “unto completion!”
Much Love in Christ,
PS On December 23, 2016 the Lord gave me clear instructions to write another book. It is so different from anything I could ever think of and I am excited about it and have already started to write. Therefore after writing this post, I will be focusing on writing the new book and you will likely not hear much from me for a while.