As I look back over 2017, it definitely proved to be a RESET year as so many prophets foretold. It was also a RECOMPENSE year and what seemed to be an “anything you want” kind of year. I believe this prophetic current is still active as we enter into 2018. For that reason, you will see many diverse prophetic words being released in the coming days. It’s not prophetic disunity, but more like a prophetic bounty being released all in God’s timing and purposes and in response to the hope-filled prayers of His people
One of the strongest directives I personally received for 2017 was to pray this verse over myself and to encourage others to do the same:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God…” – Ps. 51:10a
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As I prayed into this, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about pride and especially about the spirit of Leviathan. Leviathan is a spirit principality, also known as the king of pride. Job 41 describes it in detail, starting out by asking, “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook…?” and ending with “He beholds every high thing; he is king over all the children of pride” (v. 1, 34 NKJV). Pride is an attitude, but it is also a spirit. This spirit wants altitude and seeks to invade the high places. It wants to infect people in the high places because it is a glory stealer. It steals the glory that should go to Jesus Christ.
People infected by Leviathan will act higher, better and more superior than you. They will have a high-and-mighty attitude. They will fight unusually hard to be right at your expense. James 4:6 says God resists the proud, but He honors the humble. Luke 14:11 says He actually exalts the humble. God wants His humble people in the high places, not those people who are ruled by pride.
As I watched this spirit emerge in some people around me, He taught me how to “go low” in situations that I much preferred to rise up. He said, “You can’t fight pride with pride. You have to fight pride with humility. You have to fight pride on your knees.” This is much easier said than done as those aligned to Leviathan will exhibit very similar behavior. In a nutshell, once the spirit of pride has surfaced, the person is no longer reasonable, rational, or even reachable. Pride hardens the heart and imprisons the mind with falsely elevated thinking. Pride resists counsel. Pride resists the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Pride causes crazy strife, which is the knife that kills relationships and ministries
We have to get the pride out. The bible shows us that a heart hardened with pride can’t see or discern the Spirit of the Lord. Pride undealt with will render us ineffective in a key prophetic direction from the Lord for 2018.
Over the last three years, I felt a distinct call to train and equip the prophets, especially the seer prophets, and have held several institutes to do that. When I looked into the first half of 2018, however, I felt a distinct change and burden from the Holy Spirit. He impressed my heart with this, “2018 IS A YEAR TO DISCERN, DELIVER, RESTORE, AND RECOVER.” Thus the reason I’m holding an Inner Healing & Deliverance Institute instead of a training institute for prophets this March. I know by the Spirit of the Lord that He is releasing new keys from heaven to heal and deliver His people, something He is cojoining with prophetic ministry in general. He has insisted to my heart that the prophetic ministry must have a strong deliverance edge.
By the anointing and wisdom of the Spirit, we will heal shattered and fragmented souls and shut the open doors that demons use to torment their victims. We will cast out demons with a new authority, in the name of Jesus. I see the domino effect of this. I see the restoration of people, families, cities, and nations. I see that what was stolen for generations being recovered.
You will discern:
The gift of discerning of spirits is coming upon the Body of Christ like never before. He is giving us eyes to see what is in the dark so we won’t stay in the dark. We cannot fight effectively until we know what we are fighting against.
He is also adding dimension to our spiritual discernment. The google dictionary describes dimension as having length, breadth, depth, and height. Basically, we are maturing and will no longer be narrow and one-dimensional in the operation of the gift of discerning of spirits.
For example, if you are suddenly afflicted with back pain, a dimensional discerner recognizes it could be a health issue, a demonic attack, or a word of knowledge for someone else’s physical healing. It could also be a physical sign from God that you are being stabbed in the back by another, or a point of discernment that this is happening to someone else and you are being warned so you can intercede. Dimensional discerners have a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit and can see and sense microscopically and really get to the root of things.
Because of Jesus, you are saved, delivered, and healed — and usually in that order! Everyone, including Christians, needs deliverance and there is going to be a re-emphasis on deliverance ministry in the Body of Christ. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free (Luke 4:18). Too many Christians suffer year after year with lingering demonic entanglements and cannot serve Jesus victoriously even though they are saved and going to heaven when they die. This is a spiritual matter and requires the anointing of the Spirit to break the yoke. This anointing is coming with emphasis once again to the Body of Christ, but will be coupled with tremendous discernment. He is raising the standard in this area because He loves us. Deliverance ministry is a ministry of love.
You will restore and recover:
Discerners are deliverers and discerners are intercessors. You see and sense what is hidden and needs to be dealt with. You won’t relent until the spirit of the matter is set right. The result is restoration. The result is the recovery of losses.
The Holy Spirit spoke this to me last summer, and I believe it’s worth repeating:
“I am restoring, but with an exclamation point!”
Dictionary.com breaks down the word “restore” as being brought back, put back, and given back. You are being brought back into your excellent condition. You are being restored to your rank. You are being given back what was stolen. You are being repaired and renovated in such a way that makes a clear statement to your doubters, mockers, and enemies. You are being reinstated. Honor is being returned to you.
2018 being a year to discern, deliver, restore, and recover is a prophetic directive that requires our cooperation to see it through. Inner healing and deliverance is can be uncomfortable and messy. To step into the directive of the Spirit, we first have lay down our pride and surrender, really surrender, our inner world to the scalpel of the Spirit of God. True deliverers are those who have been delivered themselves. Restorers are those who’ve been restored. Are you ready? Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, we repent of pride. We repent of hardness of heart, resisting Godly council, strife, and demanding our own way. Forgive us. We surrender our hearts to You today like we’ve never surrendered before. Be the architect of our heart! Let the scalpel of Your word and the touch of Your Spirit transform us from the inside out. Anoint us to become powerful discerners and a new breed of deliverers. Give us Your grace to bring unprecedented restoration and recovery of losses. We give You all the glory. ~ Amen.
Jennifer Eivaz is a minister and international conference speaker with a heart to equip the church in the supernatural and for raising up passionate and effective prayer. She is a regular contributor to Charisma Online and The Elijah List, has been featured on several Christian television shows, hosts the popular podcast Take Ten With Jenn, and authored several bestselling books. Jennifer and her husband, Ron, co-pastor Harvest Church now meeting in three locations – two campuses in Turlock, California and one campus in Ripon, California – in addition to hosting a thriving online campus. They also have two wonderful children.
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