2011 Year of the Increase by Darlene Rose
For many of us, we saw an early winter with a lot of snow on the ground. As I thought about the significance of it, I recalled last year when snow began in January and it snowed mostly every day and endured through much of the winter. Contrast last year with this year, the snow came early, hard and heavy. There was much substance to the snow this year. Last year's endured long, but did not seem as heavy as this one....and then I drifted into the Spirit and saw a snowball rolling on the snow covered ground, and as a snowball gathers more snow making a bigger snowball. There was so much out there to gather! It was heavy with water and it packed tightly together. the larger, increased snowball that is packed tightly together had not easily, nor quickly disappeared with the rain or melted by the sun. The one who was pushing the snowball was not identifiable, a person with a winter coat on and one of those winter hats that cover the head, and left a small opening for the eyes and mouth. This one was rolling the snowball, gathering the snow very quickly, and the snowball increased rapidly in size and continued to increase in heaviness and volume. And then I stopped for a moment and heard this: The fields are white for harvest.
John 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
4:35 "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
4:36 "Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
I had received this scripture last year, but the Lord said it was for then and for this year, for it too is as a snowball that increases in size and heaviness.
I'm a student of holistic health and a lot of my focus towards the end of 2010 has been on studying, and my revelation came as I meditated upon what I was studying. During this time, His Word was not delivered to me in the usual manner, nor had I served it up in my usual way. It felt very ordinary, nothing spectacular. No visions or audible words. I just received in very practical ways. A thought. A word through a friend. An answered prayer. And via simple deeds. Food for a friend. A word in season. Helping someone move. Praying with another. Taking the time to write personally to another. It was all I could do as I had limited time and needed to cram for tests and this latest class in Holistic Nutrition is packed with substance. Heavy. Weighty. As is my snowball. I have had less time for pasttimes and play, and yet I didn't miss God. "Tests will increase. Volume will increase. Weightiness will increase. Old things are being pushed aside as I prepare you for the increase in the new. Behold! I am doing a new thing. Old things are being pushed out and displaced."
As I learn, at the very moment I learn a new thing, I put out a newsletter on that subject. I'm not an expert, and many of the readers may know more than me on the topics I write about. The Lord says that it is to keep me humble and still moving, increasing as I go along in my journey. Like that snowball. Like my holistic training. The Word the Lord has given me for 2011 has various metaphors, from snowballs to food, but it is based on this verse in John 4. I will do my best to tie in the various pieces I have received.
Yesterday, I was looking up the meaning of the name Joseph, and it means "The Lord brings the increase". That too seemed to tie in with my snowball vision. Even harvest!
What does 2011 hold? There are many prophetic words out there. What do I have to offer that has not been already declared? It doesn't matter, says God. For He has not called me to check in with others first. I am to write and declare what I see and what I hear. I have my own flavor. I am to warn and to encourage. I am to proclaim. As the snowball of my vision increases as it moves, is packed with substance, packed with water, packed with volume and is weighty, so shall the Lord bring the increase of the Word He gives, as long as it keeps moving in purity, and it shall be packed with water, packed with nutrients, packed with volume and be heavy. And provide food for the needy, food for the sower, and food for the reaper.
Isaiah 55:10"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
MY FOOD IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM WHO SENT ME
It must move. All food that goes through the body is at constant movement. if it is not digested, and broken down, moved along, and then moved out, leaving nutrition along the way, it is stagnate. Stagnation brings toxic build up in the body.
There is no growth without movement. Yet, we can still move and be still in Him. Being still is not the opposite of movement in the Kingdom of God. We must compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Only the word of God can separate between soul and spirit. There is no other way to divide it except the Word. Movement and stillness depend upon Which one leads. If there is a lot of soul activity, yet little life, then there is little or none of His Spirit moving. If there is little soul movement, a quietness, it does not mean there is little life. We have not discerned rightly and have called evil good and good evil. Nonetheless, there is little or no growth without movement. But what are we growing in? The Word of God is yoked with His Spirit and it must go forth in order to increase; to grow. I hear many still saying they do not feel God's presence. Or they do not feel His love. He did not go away. He has never left. It is the Word from their mouths which stagnated and did not bring the increase. Did not produce growth in Him. Growth took place, but how did we grow? That is like a snowball that sits there, and waits to increase, but then is melted by more rain and sun. It still has the same chemical components. They are still loved. They are still saved. They still have His Spirit. They just have lost function because they are not growing in the Word they have heard. The Word has not increased within them. It must move and keep moving.
Psalm 12:6 says The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
We speak the word but life does not always accompany the word we speak. That does not automatically mean the person speaking them has a religious spirit! The church needs to move beyond that. It may be the place of the journey another is on. They may be in the process of speaking the word, but it has only been refined three times before weight and authority is on it, or before it looks like precious metal. Testings must come, trials must come to bring this word of increase. We don't know where a person is on their journey. Many of us have dismissed the Word of God as final authority in their own lives because they did not see life in it, and have instead moved on to relying on visions and dreams as authority over the Word and it is because they have judged another person's journey! We are not to judge another person's journey but their fruit. Or else our fruit will be judged and we too will give up pursuing His Word in the middle of it being completed in us.
There will be a greater hunger for His Word in 2011. Do you want to be enlarged? Or do you just want to be fat with pride? Do you know that yeast in the gut causes extended gut? A little leaven leavens the entire lump. There will be an increase, at a higher rate of speed. Whatever you meditate on, that is your little snowball. Has it gathered up all the leaves (Good stuff, anointed in its time but dies and is made compost) and dirt (Good stuff but is of the earth, is heavy but not with purity) along the way or is it pure snow, packed with water and heaviness? Your snowball will increase at an alarming rate of speed. What are you gathering along the way? Some are still relying upon experience above the Word. The Word, by itself, when meditated upon is what is packed with substance. Visions and Dreams and supernatural experiences are great and give God much glory but individual experiences are yesterday's manna and will spoil. Along my own journey, I have been used to raise dead animals, have been used by God to inflate deflated lungs, have been used by God to heal scoliosis, and mend broken bones. God has used me to speak life-changing words to people. These are good and gave God all glory. But I need to roll along. It is not my victory but God's.
This increased hunger will only be produced by getting nutrition from the right source. For so long, we have been in search of satisfying our insatiable bellies by taking in more knowledge of God without inquiring whether this is the Word to us personally. Whether He is speaking it to us. When Peter was asked by Jesus "Who do you say I Am?" Peter answered "Some say you are Elijah. Others say you are John the Baptist." And Jesus said "But who do YOU say I AM?" and Peter replied "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Jesus answered him 'BLessed are you Simon Bar Jonah for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father in heaven". We have taken in so much and have not stopped to digest it, chew it, process it, let it soak in for revelation to take place. Instead we have inhaled it, gobbled it, and gourged ourselves and have overloaded our spiritual digestive system. Revelation takes place as we desire to savor the Word in front of us. Peter was zealous and hungry for God. There will be an increased hunger for His Pure Word as we cultivate a desire for His Pure Word. His WORD brings the nutrients.
The Word has been watered down, processed, refined, sugar-coated, loaded with yeast producing (comfort food) ingredients, genetically modified to be mass-produced for profit, and along the way has been found wanting, tainted with toxins of doctrinal error, imposing of law as superior to grace or to walk alongside of grace, and we have taken it in, and we are starved but not for pure food. We are starved and never satisfied.
Amos 8:11 "Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD,"When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.
Notice this is not a famine of the Word of God, but it is a famine of the HEARING of the Word of God. Does that mean the Word will not be preached? NO! It means that ears will be plugged and the pure word will not be heard. God will send this.
I had a picture of me placing my head to His Chest, listening to His heart beating. Listening for the rhythm of His heartbeat. As I did, my eardrum began to beat in time to His. My ear was tuned to His Heartbeat. And every thought of Him afterwards brought me back around to that moment of being in tune with His heartbeat. I could hear Him again.
What we listen to, what we hear, will cause either a hunger for a pure word, or a hunger for a mixed, impure word.
And this snowball from Amos 8 will increase. It is not pure white. It is tainted yellow in some areas, and the color of dirt- which is really all the colors combined,making brown. Hunger for God's Word will increase as we seek a pure word and fast until we hear the pure word. PROOF, or FRUIT of our desire. And we will be satisfied with goodness. As we stand for nothing apart from His Word. As we challenge all prophesy by His Word. As every vision and dream is subject TO His Word.
WE ARE TO KNOW WE ARE SENT TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WORK
Every moment needs to be as a divine appointment. We are not where we are by happenstance. We are sent. Therefore, if we are sent, there is a purpose. There will be those who say to you that life happens. Stuff happens. Other stuff happens. Even you say it. But you must change your conversation as this too will snowball and you will find yourself partnering with doctrines of demons, ie Darwinism. You will find yourself fat with the hypocritical leaven of the Pharisees as you cry out for the unborn and say they did not just happen! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. If you took a wrong turn, and cannot find you were sent, then detox. Flush. Repent. Back up and go in the other direction. You must have the understanding in your spirit that you were sent.
Per Catherine Brown:
Apostolos is translated in Greek to mean 'apostle'. The Strong’s Concordance states: a delegate; spec. an ambassador of the Gospel, officially a commissioner of Christ [“apostle”] (with miraculous powers):- apostle, messenger, he that is sent.
As a "sent one" an apostle is appointed i.e. called by God to walk in the "office" of apostle. The office of apostle is both a kingly and priestly role in which a person is set apart i.e. anointed by the Holy Spirit to serve in apostolic priestly duties and is authorised and commissioned to function as an apostolic minister. Apostolic duty has a priority to minister first unto the Lord, and thereafter to minister in word and in prayer. Apostles are authorised to preach (1 Cor 1:17); authorised to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20; Eph 6:20); to be witnesses to all nations (Lk 24:48) and to make disciples of all peoples (Matt 28:19). Apostles are radical lovers of Jesus Christ who understand they have been entrusted with a precious, holy aspect of Christ's own nature and have been imputed with a measure of His grace to fulfil this high calling (Eph 3:2).
DO NOT SAY FOUR MORE MONTHS TO HARVEST!
2011 will be an increase in salvations and discipleship. It is not yet the harvest but there is snow all over the ground. The fields are white unto harvest. If you say "It isn't the harvest yet, or the harvest isn't to come until the year twenty something.... you will have sat there as a snowball that melts in the next rain or sunny day. Small snowballs melt quickly. Enlarged snowballs remain. As we see the increase, there will be a new mercies. Yesterday's mercy will no longer work for today. Yesterday you were allowed to move in one way, today you will not. Tomorrow you will not have mercy and grace that you receive today. His mercies are new every morning. We quote that scripture a lot and we bask in its goodness and refreshing, but understand that this also means we will not be allowed to get away with some of the things we were able to yesterday. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. The snowball of anger will too increase. While it is today, enter into His rest. Do not harden your hearts as some do in rebellion.
When there is a toxic buildup in the body, mucus that is intended by the body under normal circumstances to assist and usher the toxins out of the body, thicken. This thickening producing sluggishness and slumbering. It causes stagnation and calcification. Calcifications are hardened stones that develop and cause much pain. Calcifications that form in the gallbladder form gall stones - Gall means bitterness.
Do not say Four more months to harvest! Enter His rest today. Forgive Today. Let anger go Today. Today you will be gathering disciples who are watching you and following you. Today you are accountable before God. Let bitterness go. It will snowball. Let Peace be upon you. It too will increase.
THE LORD HAS INCREASED
The name Joseph means in the Hebrew, The Lord has Increased, or The Lord has Added. There is a Joseph Anointing that will be manifested in 2011. In the Old Testament, Joseph gathered the Wheat and brought it into the storehouse to prepare for the famine. But the Lord says "Already he who reaps is receiving wages and gathering FRUIT for eternal life."
Last year, the Lord spoke to me and told me that 2010 would be the year to bring forth the fruit of repentance. I took that to heart. The fruit of repentance was not remorse and sorrow. It was the PROOF of my turning. When I asked what did I need to repent of, His reply was not what I expected. He said to me "Have you been stagnant because you feel rejected? You feel you do not have what anyone wants?" I said "I have." He said to me "Then repent and bring me the fruit of that repentance. Do the opposite of what you have done in the past and assume nothing." See, while at one time, it was understood to be frozen and stagnant because of wounds, it no longer is okay when I learned the truth. No longer could I substitute the word WOUNDED for LAZY. The Mercy had changed. What I once had mercy for, I have a different mercy for today. FRUIT is PROOF. It is not our results in numbers. It is not the products we create or the number of times we pray. FRUIT IS PROOF. Now, who do we need to prove to? GOD? No, ourselves. Because if we are not producing FRUIT of our repentance, we will be easy prey for our enemy "Did God REALLY SAY?" and we will partake of a different kind of fruit, a fruit that is void of His Spirit.
This year, as the Lord says he that reaps now is receiving the wages already is gathering fruit for eternal life.. FRUIT of the Spirit will be more manifest as the PROOF of having spent time with the Lord. It will be more manifest as the Sons of God are being revealed in a dry, barren land, for this fruit brings life. There will be the increased snowball effect of
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control where against such things there is no law. There will also be a snowball increase upon those who have partaken of the fruit that is void of His Spirit. Void of nutrition and substance.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
This snowball will increase in size and we are to see it as what it is. It is EVIDENCE. PROOF. PROOF of what kind of fruit has been eaten.
Darkness will be increasingly dark as Brightness is increasingly bright. The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn shining brighter and brighter (increasing) to the fullness of the noonday sun.
Do not be shocked as the darkness increases. And do not judge it unrighteously. These things must happen in order for the Sons of God to be revealed, as we reveal the manifest works of the Father.
Oh, the one pushing the snowball covered his or her face and was an unidentified person. A nameless, faceless person.
2011 is the year of increase and enlargement. Glory glory Glory to those who have been feasting on His Word, and have been moving and have not stagnated. Warning to those who have not dined upon His Word and stagnated. It is not too late, but I say to you it will be harder in days ahead to keep up. The Spirit is not slow or slack concerning His promises to you, nor is He slow to bring justice to the nations. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and He who loves her will eat its fruit. While we bless everyone with increase, and prosperity this year, the Lord says Increase will happen. Snowballs will increase and will water the ground where-ever it travels and will reveal what it has gathered, pure or mixed....or will melt.
His Word will not return VOID.
Happy New Year and may you increase in stature and in favor with both God and man.