Are you seeking God for a prophetic word for 2016? Be encouraged, there is a fresh revelation of Jesus—His Person, His nature, His ways—for you to discover in the year ahead.
Like a fingerprint in time, the coming year has a unique destiny and God-given purpose. A year is a distinct season, with a beginning, middle and end.
Seeking God for a personal word for 2016 is an exercise that can help sharpen your prophetic gift. You can find some specific instructions on how to go about this in my article, How to Seek a Prophetic Word for the New Year
A prophetic word that the Holy Spirit has been bringing to our team for 2016 is ‘Year of Abundance.’  I also believe that 2016 is a ‘Year of New Initiatives’ and a ‘Year of God-Appointed Shifts’ and will write about these when I return mid-January.
4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Prophetic Word for 2016
1. Record Your Prophetic Word and Keep it in Front of You
‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.’ (Hab 2:2 NKJV)
When God gives you a prophetic word of His intention for the year ahead, team up your prophetic insight with significant verses of Scripture. Record them and keep the word in front of you.
Recently I have done this by putting prophetic words on my iPhone as wallpaper. You may prefer to print out the word, Scripture or message to use as a bookmark or poster.
2. Continue to Pray about the Prophetic Word
‘Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well.’ (1 Tim 1:18)
Fulfilment of a prophetic word is birthed through prayer.
Invariably you will have times of opposition to Father’s intention for your life, whether it is for a year or for a longer season. During these times, use your prophetic word to wage spiritual warfare.
At the end of 2014, our Senior Pastor, Russell Evans, gave our church Planetshakers the word, ‘Peace and Prosperity’ and spoke on the Year of Jubilee. My husband Malcolm and I embraced that word personally and within a short time experienced a significant financial breakthrough. However it wasn’t long into the year before we were facing a challenge. The foundations of our home were sinking, creating a literal financial ‘sinkhole.’ Having a prophetic word—and miraculous confirmation—has directed our prayers and empowered our spiritual warfare over our home and finances.
3. Let Your Prophetic Word Shape Your Perspective
‘…the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…’ (1 Chron 12:32a, NKJV)
Let Scripture and your prophetic word be the lens through which you see your circumstances. Use it to build your faith and enlarge your anticipation.
Two of the words that shaped this year personally were ‘Year of the Holy Spirit’, and ‘Year of Encounter.’ I was anticipating encounters with God for my family and myself. When I could not see in the natural what God was doing with my loved ones, I held on to that word by faith.
When there are trials, your prophetic anticipation gives you the perspective that God is working all things together for good. Your prophetic words can help you respond in faith, in spite of what you see.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28, NKJV)
In order for your prophetic word to bear fruit, your mindset needs to come into agreement with the prophetic word that God gives you.  I have recently put Eph 3:20 on my iPhone wallpaper (pictured). Use Scripture and let God’s Word feed your own anticipation concerning 2016!
4. Celebrate and Testify of what God does Through the Year
Have an attitude of gratitude, even when the going gets tough.
When your prophetic word manifests—though it be a small sign—mark the moment with praise, and talk about what God is doing with others.
We have been able to testify of Divine interventions and miracles that have taken place during this year. Wherever we go, people have been inspired through our stories. God’s power has been displayed even through trials and transitions. What a good Father we have!
Christmas greetings and a happy New Year, from our house to yours, as well as from all the team from David McCracken Ministries. Jesus is the reason for the season!
Thank you for journeying with me during 2015, and thank you for the comments, the testimonies and questions. I am now taking my annual vacation and will be offline from Enliven Blog between now and mid January. My next Enliven Blog post will be on 19th January 2017. You can still follow my adventures on my personal Instagram account here.
 See David McCracken’s prophetic word concerning 2016 here: http://www.davidmccracken.org/prophetic-insight-for-2016-from-david/
 Steve McCracken’s prophetic insight on the abundance mindset can be found here: http://www.believinginyou.com.au/devotional/2728-by-faith/
What encouraging prophetic insight or word have you received from God personally for 2016? Leave a message in the comments section, or on Facebook. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
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