Sunday, February 12, 2012

Carol Kelley: Past Preparation Meets Present Opportunity

Carol KelleyAlong with many others, I have been seeking the Lord over the last several months to see what He would desire to say about 2012. I'm looking forward to what lies ahead, and want to press forward into His goals and call (Philippians 3:14).

2011 was a year of great transition in the life of my family, friends, and many others. The Lord told me in the fall of 2010 that there would be significant changes and transition during the next year (see my word on The Elijah List from November 26, 2010: "2011 - A Year and Season of Great Transition for Everyone!"). But the number and magnitude of these changes during 2011 exceeded what I could have anticipated!

One daughter returned home to live with us last January; our second son married and completed his Masters degree; our youngest graduated from college. My husband, Dave, broke his arm and moved into a time of physical therapy and transition as the bone healed. I took a two-month substitute music teaching assignment at our local high school. Three of our children began new jobs, all within a few weeks of each other; and both daughters-in-law also experienced employment changes. My widowed father, assisted by various family members, prepared to move out from his own house into my sister's home. On 11/11/11 (the number "11" represents transition) came the biggest change of all: Dave was clearly led by the Lord as he decided to leave his workplace of 18 years in order to move on to the next phase of our ministry (which God is still defining). His last day was December 2, 2011.

Four Things to Come in 2012

In the fall of 2011, God told me four things to come in 2012:

1. There will be increasing outreach to the nations.

2. Increased apostolic and prophetic partnering will result in "fullness," a multiplication of His harvest on the earth.

3. Past preparation will meet present opportunity. (See Dave Kelley's word from April 3, 2008, "Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!") God will open up new opportunities for His children who have already been prepared and positioned by Him to move into these strategic alignments.

4. 2012 will be a year to sow seeds of generosity.

Four Principles of Generosity

He also showed me four principles of generosity:

1. Give joyfully, not out of guilt or legalism (see II Corinthians 8:2-3; 9:7). Dave and I like to call this "giddy giving"! The Lord wants to break the fear of "not enough."

2. Give ourselves first to the Lord (see II Corinthians 8:5); then He will show us how and when to give of ourselves to others. Be prepared for Him to change some of your expectations!

3. Be ready and prepared to act according to His instructions (see II Corinthians 9:2-5).

4. God is more than able to supply and multiply (see II Corinthians 9:10-11). He will increase our harvest, to His praise and glory!

Four Ways God Provides for His Children

Early in January of this year, the Lord revealed to me at least four ways He can provide for and give prosperity to His children:

1. A return of what was lost or taken. (Genesis 14:16 – Abram recovered what had been taken from him.)

2. A transfer of wealth. (Genesis 15:14 – It was prophesied beforehand to Abram, and took place in Exodus 12:35-36.)

3. Supernatural multiplication. (Genesis 26:12 – Isaac sowed his seed, and God multiplied it a hundredfold in the same year!)

4. God gives a strategy, an idea, an invention, etc., then blesses it. (Genesis 30:31-43; 31:1-12)

May the Lord bless you with new opportunities, strategies, provision and blessings during this coming year!

Carol Kelley

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