See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” (Isaiah 42:9)
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. 
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. 
- If a prophecy leads you to take action or change direction, submit the word and your response to oversight. 
- 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:
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:
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!
 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
 Journaling is a tool that can assist you in praying about prophetic insights.
 If you are considering making adjustments in relation to personal guidance from God, I recommend the following article:
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