The New Year is a time when many people eagerly seek prophetic words for the coming year.

Here are some keys to help you weigh up prophetic words, and to receive encouragement directly from God for yourself.

Why seek fresh Prophetic Encouragement for the New Year?

The Father’s overall plan for our lives does not change, and we should always be focused on aligning ourselves with His previously revealed will for us. So there should always be a balance between this and seeking new words.

We need to check our motivation for seeking prophetic insights, and we need to check that we are currently on track with His overall purpose for our lives.

However, I do believe that the God who created days, seasons and years, desires to reveal more of His love and purpose for our lives within those time frames.

Biblical prophecies frequently referred to times and seasons. [1]

Following are some thoughts that may assist you as you seek God for encouragement for yourself, your family, church or ministry for the coming year:

Prophetic Words from Global Ministries

This is a time that prophetic voices are sharing what they believe God is saying for the New Year. And with the current technology, it has never been easier to receive prophetic words via the Internet.

Recently, I received an email from a prophetic ministry that included a ‘personal’ prophecy for the coming year. Even though the email had been sent to many thousands of people, it included a personalised message from God addressed to me by name!

As with all prophecy, we need to carefully weigh up such words. If the message includes is a timely word from God for us, the Holy Spirit will quicken this to our hearts.

It is vital that we discern what response we have to a broadly given prophecy is of the Holy Spirit, and what is based in our own desires.

Here are a few thoughts to help you process a prophecy:

  • Remember that the word is a general, not a personal prophecy—and as such, may or may not relate to your situation. We each have our own unique, God-ordained seasons in life.
  • If you believe the Spirit is speaking to you personally through a prophetic word, pray about it and weigh it up carefully. [2]
  • If a prophecy leads you to take action or change direction, submit the word and your response to oversight. [3]
  • Remember that God’s promises are conditional upon you partnering with Him for their fulfilment.

For more thoughts on weighing up prophetic words, check the following posts:

How Do I Know A Personal Prophecy Or Dream Interpretation Is From God?

How Do You Weigh Up What The Prophets Are Saying Pt 2

Receive Your Own Encouraging Insight from God

The best place for you to receive a personal word of encouragement from the Father for the coming year is directly from Him.

God longs to speak to you personally. It is not about having a prophetic gift; hearing from God is based on our relationship with Him. [John 10:4]

For some ideas on how to receive your own personal word for the New Year see the following post:

Are You Seeking a Prophetic Word For The New Year?

May you be filled with a sense of excitement and expectation as you enter the New Year. The coming year is one of great possibilities in our life with God!


[1] For example:
“This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.” Isaiah 37:30
See also Jer 25:12; Is 38:5; Is 21:16-17

[2] Journaling is a tool that can assist you in praying about prophetic insights.

How To Activate Your Prophetic Gift Through Prayer Journaling

[3] If you are considering making adjustments in relation to personal guidance from God, I recommend the following article:

Personal Guidance For The Important Decisions Of Life

Related Posts:

4 Things You Don’t Need A Prophetic Word For Concerning the New Year

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

11 thoughts on “How To Make The Most Of Prophetic Words For The New Year”

  1. Prais God!! Mrs. Calder… Mrs. Calder…. My pastor just texted me the exact same scripture you used Isaiah 42:9… “new things I declare, before they spring forth I thell ou of them.”
    My God! this scripture is speaking to me all over again….. because GOD been speaking Mrs. Calder and I beleive in what he says, and I’m watching and seeing mighty things happen……
    I thank GOD for you Mrs. Calder…. I do, and I thank GOD for the Hulk too…..

    Have a blessed day:)

    1. Hi Amy, wow, isn’t it wonderful when God speaks to us like that 🙂
      This is going to be a great year for you Amy, because you have a heart of love for God and you are open and pliable in His hands. Just thought of this scripture for you:
      ‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for disposal of refuse. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’ (2 Tim 2:20-21)
      That’s you, Amy, a vessel of gold!

  2. Thanks for this blog Helen, you always bring a timely one.
    I guess we all seem to seek God for a word for a new year,last year I started with a blank page and trusted God would fill it, this year I have been more purposeful and set goals, of course it helps when leadership encourage you or those you relate to, you can never have to much encouragement !!
    Our last prayer meeting before Christmas God gave a word to us concerning this year psalm 65:11 , depending on your bible version, it says, he crowns the year with his goodness and even in lack there will be abundance, that the fertile ground will yield it’s fruit… it has been applicable to so many situations, and people, I even saw it on Facebook a prophet in the uk gave the same scripture to his church…interesting.
    Also to be steadfast in all we do, keeping our eyes firmly fixed on him, not wavering, being firm in commitment, giving, and attendance etc..
    Love and blessings for a very fruitful year Helen Ann xx

    1. Hi Ann and thank you, what a great scripture to start the New Year off with. I encourage all of my readers to meditate on it.
      Great to hear you are being intentional about pressing into God for His purpose and wisdom for 2012, Ann, something we should all do!
      I am currently away on holiday, but will share your verse on Facebook when I return. Thanks. 🙂

  3. I received a prophetic word from a global source, and it touched my heart, and we do need to be mindful, and use wisdom and discernment when we are given a word, it is so true as well that god desires to speak to each one of us intimately, on a one on one basis, and bring things to pass in our lives, and this takes faith and encouragement, god desires to restore us, no matter what our story is, I also see how our own emotions can get mixed up sometimes with the unction of the holy spirity, as you have mentioned, and as we get closer to god, we can have clarity when it is us, or if god is speaking to us.

    be blessed helen
    kind regards

    1. Hi Beverley,
      You have wonderful insights about prophecy and intimacy with God. Keep on pressing in closer to Him and allow His Word to touch your heart.

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