Prophetic Word for 2020 ReformationAbout this Prophetic Word for 2020:
Every year, I prayerfully release a prophetic “word of the year” for Enliven Blog readers.

I pray that wherever you are in your life’s journey, this prophetic insight will be anointed and life-giving for you.

This is the first of a series of prophetic messages I will be sharing over the next few weeks [1].

A Word for Those with a Prophetic Heart

In 2020 and beyond—a shift is taking place.

We will no longer be defined by what we are waiting for—but the One we are walking with.

An Unusual Word

One year ago, I was standing on the shoreline on New Year’s Day, watching the incoming waves.

Suddenly, the Holy Spirit reminded me of an unusual word He had given to me months before—“reformation”.

In that moment, I felt prompted to look up the dictionary definition.
It was not the historic or political aspects of reformation that stood out to me, but the origin of the word itself.

Reformation is from two Latin words, meaning “shaped again.” [2]

Shaped Again: The Message of the Waves

In that moment I saw it:
A second wave coming into the shoreline is made from the same water, from the same sea.

But that water is added to and reformed, in a seamless continuation of what has been before.

The seawater is being “shaped again”.

Honor What God Has Done Before

As we contemplate past moves of the Holy Spirit, we know He is not going to move in the same way again.

We have a different generation, with different needs.
A unique climate.
Yet it is the same Spirit—the same unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ.
* The same eternal Word of God.

God is saying, “Honor—place a weight of value on—what I have done before.
The ways I have moved before.
The leaders I have used before.

“Now, let me take and reshape that deposit I have already given to you. I am pouring out My Spirit in a new encounter.”

“I Have a New Gift for You”

A wave brings seaweed into the shore, along with the water, and leaves it on the shoreline.

Time is too short to linger over the debris of past mistakes, in relation to former moves of God.
We can learn much from the past—however:

We cannot receive the “new”, while we stand in judgment of the “old”.

Neither can we receive God’s new gift to us, while holding on to what lies behind us. [3]

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

In the motion of the waves, two actions are taking place: there is the pull of the outgoing, and the push of the incoming.
Our Father says, “Look up! I have a new gift for you!”

A Personal Reformation

Something in our prophetic hearts resonates with the cry:

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” (Ps 42:7, NIV)

The Hebrew words translated “waves and breakers” speak to us of being “crushed”, whilst being engulfed in God’s Presence.

On a personal level, you may have felt that you, or something important to you, has been in a time of crushing.
As you contemplate the New Year, know that you are in your Father’s loving hands.
You may have experienced a shaking, but now comes the reshaping.

He is saying, “Beloved! Will you embrace my reformation?
Let Me re-shape and re-form that gift, that experience and that move of the Spirit that has already been in your life.
In your family line.
In your work. Your region.
In your ministry.”

God says, “I have something fresh for you.”

This Wave is on the River

Waves of the sea have often been used as a prophetic metaphor for the move of God.
Jesus provides the bigger picture in His words,
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…” (John 7:38-39a, NKJV)

The “now” move of the Holy Spirit is not only a wave that breaks over us, it is a Heavenly river that pours through us.

The wave is on a riverand it is going somewhere.

The river Ezekiel saw, was sourced in God’s Presence, and it flowed outwards, through the barren places, to bring healing and harvest to nations (Ezek 47).

So, if you are in a dry place, a painful place, a place of need—this river is for you.

You are the Move of God

A “wave” speaks of a soon-to-be immersion.
And God is calling us to be, not only filled with the Holy Spirit, but also immersed in Him.

As I was praying about this word again this week, I saw the image of the shoreline again.

People were gathering, lining up as far as the eye could see.
And I saw, not a wave of water, but a wave of people.
From the visible to far distant reaches, in a mighty surgeall lifted up their hands and cried, “Now!”

This is a year in which many of us who have been waiting for a move of God, are realizing we ARE the move of God.

As we step into 2020, it is not only a new year, and a new decade; it is a new era.


[1] Interestingly, each of the words I will be sharing in January, I have held for up to 2 years, but haven’t felt it was time to release them in writing—until now.

For tips on how to weigh up general, publicly given prophetic words such as this one, and apply them personally, see here.

[2] “Origin: Late Middle English: from Latin reformatio(n-), from reformare ‘shape again’ __

[3] See the related post, “What is the Prophetic Meaning of New Wine?”

I’d love to hear from you. What are your anticipations for 2020 and beyond? Leave a comment in the comments box to share with us, or follow and join the conversation on our Facebook page, Twitter, or the Enliven Blog Instagram account to share it with us.

My husband and I are currently on vacation, so I will only occasionally be answering comments on this post (but will read them all!)
We wish you a Happy New Year.

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59 thoughts on “Reformation: You are Being Shaped Again (A Prophetic Word for 2020)”

  1. Thanks so much, this strongly confirms what I’ve sensed God told me before Christmas- that he has new, fresh ways for the years ahead!
    Also your words on the waves are exactly what YWAM needs, as He gave the same vision to our founder Loren Cunningham, before he established the organisation! Young people coming in the eaves, to know God and make Him known. Having just left YWAM after 37 years (ill health) I personally needed this prophetic wisdom.
    Thank you again.

  2. l agree with you woman of God that all those who have been waiting for the move of God are going to be used of God to manifest His glory through signs and wonders from His throne. Our God through Jesus Christ His begotten Son is in the business of saving souls before the return of His Son. Therefore, those who are ready to work with Him will be vessels of His move this year. Let us position ourselves we that are called by His name!

  3. Thank you so much for this blog. it has been a blessing to me and every prophetic word that came in 2019 spoke to me and 2020 is so powerful!.May the good Lord continue to use you mightily as we also grow in our prophetic discernment.We give glory to our God.

  4. I’m really believing this is the year God fulfills long held dreams and prophetic words. The last few years has been difficult to hang on to the promises. This blog has often been encouraging to keep believing God will answer. Thank you

  5. I will be praying for your family and the land of Australia! Heard about the fires on the news. Thank you for your timely word and spirit. Stay covered!

  6. hello helen thank you for the wonderful word

    this has been a real encouragement for me! can you please pray for me so that God will activate the Breaker anointing in my life? i have been waiting so long for my breakthrough and i am struggling to be patient. I can feel that this is the time for new things in my life to happen and God has given me conformation through his word.

    thank you

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