Prophetic word for 2014

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Prophetic word for 2014

 As I write this word for 2014, it is my deepest desire to correctly articulate what the Holy Spirit has given me for the New Year. 1 Corinthians 13:9 says “For we know in part and we prophesy in part” with that understanding, this is my portion for the body of Christ.

Spirit, Soul & Body

 The Spirit of the Lord is bringing healing to the Church as a whole person this year spirit, soul & body. God is bringing the Church into a new alignment with His will and purposes that will greatly affect His people for the good. The areas of your life that have not been in agreement with the Holy Spirit are going to be brought to light this year for the purpose of healing, restoration and deliverance. Where there have been wounds from the past that have hindered your ability to function in wholeness, God is doing a deep work that will produce abundant life in His people.

The Apostle Paul wrote the following:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is expanding His kingdom into many places of influence where the Church needs to be ready to demonstrate Gods love. This is why there needs to be wholeness in the body of Christ, so we can give out of the depth of love that has been poured into our hearts through Christ. Its time for the Church to be whole!

Overcoming dualism

 God is dealing with wrong understandings that have created conflict within the Church about the spirit and the soul. There have been dualistic teachings that have kept many people in bondage to a performance based relationship with God. This kind of teaching has been harmful to the body of Christ because it separates the spiritual from the natural, and creates a wrong understanding of how God views the individual person. Many people have been taught that the spirit is good, but the soul and body are corrupt, needing to be brought into submission to the spirit. This understanding is incorrect, and does not take into account that the spirit and soul are deeply intergraded and do not function apart from one other. God wants the Church to stop living their lives miserably for Him, to stop living as though we are not pleasing God because of a lack of spiritual performance (not enough prayer, not reading the bible, or denying self). There are multiple layers to what this looks like, but I feel like God is going to give the Church greater revelation regarding how much He loves us (our entire being) and how to function as a whole person in the earth.

Led by the Spirit

 The Father has been looking for sons & daughters that will yield to the leading of His Spirit. This will become clearly evident in the days ahead, as God is going to display His purposes through those that are led by the Spirit of God, and not by the spiritual climate in the world.  The leading of the Holy Spirit is going to take on a new dimension in 2014, because many people are being freed from patterns of living and wrong thinking that have hindered their walk with God; He is going to free many for the purpose of leading many.

Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

Character matters

 2014, will be a time when the character of Christ is going to come to the forefront of the Church. There has been a great imbalance regarding our focus on the power and works of God, yet operating without the character of God. God wants His Church to function with all the resources of heaven, but He also wants His people to function with His character.

Character can be defined as the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves, someone’s personality. God is going to develop the character of Christ in His people that desire to be more like Him, this will require a much needed sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as He shows us the things that need changed in our hearts and minds. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is going to appear in the lives of Gods people this year in an extraordinary way, due to a willingness to yield to His inward working.

God is also in the process of redefining what ministry looks like, He is getting to the core of our value system, regarding what we do. Ministry by definition is about serving others, not about serving yourself. Everything Jesus did was for the benefit of others, from turning water into wine, to washing the disciple’s feet; He taught that whoever wants to be greatest must become a servant of all. I feel like God is going to give us new perspective regarding ministry, He is reveling the motives and intentions of the heart as we move forward into maturity.

The last will be first

 We have entered a time where the last will be first, and the first will be last. Many people have bypassed Gods way to get to the front of the line in regard to “success” at any cost. There have also been many people that have chosen to take the lowest seat; and have not attempted to be first in line. Because of this decision, not to run to the front of the line, they will not be passed by in this new season. God is going to promote many people who have been patiently waiting their turn. He is going to exalt those who have humbled themselves, and bring low, those who have been unwilling to humble themselves.

Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

There has been a refining fire moving through the body of Christ that is now causing a deep humility to flow out of the hearts of Gods people. This humility is an entrance into a deeper intimacy with the Lord. God is going to exalt those who have chosen to humble themselves over this past year, as He has been doing an inward work in His people that have yielded their hearts to Him. (Luke 14:7-11)

Identity being restored

 We have entered a time of full restoration, as the Father is restoring the identity of His sons and daughters who have forgotten who they were, and have departed from His will. The enemy has attempted to destroy the lives of many people, and keep them from accomplishing what God has purposed for their lives. The Lord is intervening on their behalf right now, and bringing to their remembrance the Fathers love for them. This is a time where those that have seemingly departed from the Fathers will, and chosen a path in life that has led them to destruction, are going to “come to their senses” and return to their Fathers house. The Father is going to place the robe of identity and the ring of authority on many sons and daughters that have walked away and been hurt in the body of Christ. He is restoring their identity, because they belong to Him. (Luke 15:11-32)

Financial independence

 2014 will be a year of financial independence for many people. There are wise investments, and financial breakthroughs that God will give insights and strategy for, if we are willing to wait for His leading. 2014 will be a year when multiplication comes upon many people’s finances; as we are entering into a time when people are going to experience what it truly means to be debt free. Many people are going to experience ownership for the first time, I feel like there will be houses, lands, cars, investments that are paid for in full this year, giving people full ownership of what they posses.

In early 2013 the Lord spoke to me about the price of silver, that it was a good time to buy and invest, I believe there are many opportunities to increase financially if we ask the Lord to show us.

Love breakthrough

 The Holy Spirit is highlighting 1 Corinthians chapter 13 this year. Because there has been a surface understanding of love that the Church has demonstrated to the world, I feel like we are going to experience a deeper revelation and demonstration of love this year that will transform us into a greater expression of Jesus Christ. God has given the Church a clear blueprint of what love looks like as we read the verves below:

 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Jesus Christ is the complete definition and fulfillment of true love; I believe the Church is going to experience a love breakthrough this year that will change our priorities and reshape our focus back to His character and likeness.

Blessings,

Josh Crofton

http://joshcrofton.wordpress.com


The Future Church part 1

The Future Church

The future Church will not function like the present Church structure, nor will it say “let’s go back to the book of Acts”.
Its influence will not be limited to large scale revival meetings, where multitudes gather to experience God, (although I love when God moves in large scale ways).

The future Church will be an unshakable force in the earth, with a unique voice to impact every sphere of society, socially, economically, and politically. The future Church will get involved with the multiple streams of influence that have shaped the culture we live in, with the sole purpose of demonstrating the kingdom of God in the earth.

The future Church will be able to communicate with the “un-churched” in a language that is easily understood, not just verbally, but more by our actions.

I use the term “future Church” because of the maturing process the Spirit of the Lord is taking us through as we are being transformed from glory to glory. By 2020 there is going to be a real maturity functioning in the body of Christ that will be evident to those in positions of power and influence, a lot of things are going to rapidly change over the next few years. One of the greatest changes we will see is the value of money across the global economic sector. Watch as the value of currency is going to be greatly affected, in some ways it will be positive, in other ways it will be negative, but the kingdom of God is going to appear in a very strong way.

The Church is moving into a different type of ministry that is going to be more world focused, by meeting people in their field of influence. God wants us to wake up, and learn to function in the field we’ve been anointed for, not only reaching out within the four walls of our gatherings, but actually moving out into the diverse climate of the world systems. Not being influenced by the world, but taking the influence of heaven into the world systems.

More to come…
Josh Crofton


Internal Transformation

Internal Transformation

The Spirit of the Lord is taking many people through a process of internal transformation, where they are learning how to be free of wrong thinking. For many people, this is their opportunity to overcome in areas of life where they have felt unable to advance forward. God is specifically dealing with wrong patterns of thinking that lead to destructive behavior.

Most of the issues God is dealing with are nothing more than areas where we have believed a lie regarding our identity in Christ. God wants to seal our hearts and minds with His eternal truth, while showing us the root of any wrong thinking.

If you want to know how much God loves you, you can start by reading the following passages out of the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 53: 3-6
3. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
6. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

Isaiah 61: 1-3
1.The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
2. To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
3. To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

The enduring truth is that Jesus Christ has freed us from every work of the enemy; He has voided every accusation that has been made about us, because He loves us. There are countless people who are still wrestling with issues from their past, they are still acting out the pain of yesterday with a great desire to know real freedom. Unfortunately there is a religious system that wants people to “act and behave” in ways that look holy, yet the heart is still broken and the soul is crying out for help. I believe God wants to make this a simple transition for many people; He wants them to get a hold of what He has already accomplished for them on the cross, He has promised them an abundant life.

As easy as this might sound, there is still a process God takes us through in order to get to the root of any judgment, or offense that needs to be repented of, or acknowledged.
Often there can be root causes to our attitudes or behaviors that we overlook, yet they are right there, hidden in plain sight.

When patterns of wrong thinking are broken by the Holy Spirit, there’s a renewing process God takes us through. In this process, we learn not to contend with old memories of past behavior, instead we learn to acknowledge that what once was, now no longer exists.

When recurring desires toward previous ways of thinking come our way, we need to respond with the simple truth that “it’s not real”…It’s just the minds way of running out the clock, until there’s nothing left to empower these thoughts.

Memory is defined as:
The faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events.

The Spirit of the Lord is dealing with memories that have created the way we think and act, He is allowing many issues to come to the surface in order to heal and restore from the inside out. There is a realm of freedom that the Church is coming into that will bring healing to those outside the walls of our gatherings.
I feel like God is going to take the weaknesses that have hindered His people, and turn them into their greatest strengths.

I see lasting change coming into the lives of countless people; I see great deliverance moving through out the Church. I see a barrier of fear being broken off the lives of many that have been fearful about the future.

Your transformation is a work of grace that empowers you to live in this world as an overcomer. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing a lie, your family, your friends, and your children’s children are all going to benefit from the working of the Spirit that is upon your life. Because of the decisions you are making today, you are creating a glorious future for those around you, your descendants are going to benefit from the choices you have made!

Blessings,
Josh Crofton


Prophetic word for 2013

Prophetic word for 2013

As I’ve felt stirred to release a prophetic word for 2013, much of what the Lord has shown me has been building over the last two or three years. We are now entering 2013, and much of what has been prophesied and declared in years past, is coming to fruition this year.

Change is upon us

We are living in a time of great change, largely because of the Church that is coming forth in this hour. We are looking into a Church that has never been seen before. She is bold, she is beautiful, and she knows her identity is in Christ. There is a great reformation going on within the body of Christ, where there have been so many misunderstandings regarding scripture and the way we interpret the bible. I believe God is raising up anointed teachers that will have a heart after God, they will teach out of a deep love for the Lord, bringing a solid biblical foundation to the Church (James 3:1).

There is going to be a great return to the scriptures, with the power of revelation flowing through the Church again. God wants all of His children to have a personal encounter with Him for themselves. The spirit of wisdom & revelation are going to illuminate our understanding of Gods heart toward us, this will include how He feels about the world, and those who dwell in darkness (Eph 1:17-19).There have been many people who feel like their lives have been on hold for a number of years; and they have not known how to move forward with the plan of God for their lives. God is granting His people the grace they need to step out in faith and move toward the things He has already placed inside of them. Many people are going to take the plunge and move towards the things that have been in there heart from the beginning. This will require wisdom and faith, but God is more than ready to supply you with everything that you need.

God wants His people to flow in the spirit of revelation this year, revelation is a divine empowerment much like grace. Revelation will empower you to accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Many people have been waiting for God to tell them what to do, when in reality God has already placed His desires within them.

 Investigation

2013 will be a year of investigation for the body of Christ, as God is going to stir up a spirit of discovery in His people to look into His word and ask hard questions. Currently the Church is being challenged to become a new wineskin, in order to retain the new wine of Gods Word & Spirit. God is stirring up a desire to search out the truth. You will hear of many people who are willing to lay aside what they know, in order to search out what they do not know (Proverbs 25:2).

The role of a prophet

The role of a prophet in the New Testament is to encourage the Church to fully engage with the voice of the Lord for themselves, not settling for anything less than an authentic relationship with God. A New Testament Prophet has not been anointed to be a mediator between God and the church, as Christ has become our mediator for all eternity (1 Timothy 2 :5).

The ascension gift of a prophet is to help mature the body of Christ, not to be the go between for you and God. There is a great restoration of prophetic anointing that is flowing out of the Church today, but God is far from finished regarding the biblical function and application of prophetic ministry. (Eph 4:11-16)

A true prophetic anointing will remove the spiritual limitations in your path, and enable you to see what you were not able to see before. A true prophetic anointing will stir you to run further into your future than you ever thought possible, seeing the future as God intended you to see it.

In 2013 and beyond, the misunderstandings much of the Church has had regarding the prophetic anointing, and how it relates to the Church today under a New Covenant are going to be cleared up. There have been many prophets who are still prophesying out of a former glory, rather than speaking to Gods people through His finished work.

There are many people who want to be the voice of the Lord to this nation, yet they are prophesying based on their opinion of how God sees this nation. This can create confusion because they are filtering what God is telling them through their own pre conceived idea about what is in store for us. I believe God is raising up prophetic voices that can keep their opinions out of the equation, while releasing a pure word in season.

The Father wants His children to hear His voice for themselves; He wants us weaned from the dependency of prophetic words. God wants us to look to Him for the answers, and not go chasing a prophetic word. This does not diminish the value of prophetic ministry, this just means that it’s time we mature in our relationship with God and let prophetic words enhance that relationship when needed.

The maturation of the Church

God is forming a fully functional body for Himself; as the church is becoming more like Jesus. We are learning what pleases Him, as we are made in His image and likeness. The days of living under a hierarchy form of Church government are coming to a close, as God never intended the Church to have positions that Lord over one another. The difference between the kingdom of God and all the other government structures we see in the earth is that Gods kingdom is a family, built on relationship with God and one another.

Many have tried to govern the Church as a top down structure, much like that of a pyramid, rather than seeing the church as a living, breathing person. The various ministry gifts in the Church that are considered the greatest, are actually meant to be positioned at the bottom, near the foundation. The Apostle Paul wrote: Having been built on the foundation of the Apostles & Prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone (Eph 2:20). A true Apostolic & Prophetic ministry will always come underneath the people of God and lift them up into the next realm of glory God has prepared for them. I believe there is going to be a greater understanding of the five fold ministry, and how it will function within our churches and the community’s we live in.

Blessings,

Josh Crofton


Kingdom Expansion

Kingdom Expansion

 God is breaking old patterns of living that have hindered His people from accomplishing the assignments He has given them. These patterns are broken through a revelation of Christ’s complete victory over sin, and Gods empowering grace to transform us, through the renewing of the mind (Rom 12).

 The Holy Spirit is drawing us into a deeper place of relationship and encounter with God. He is asking us to move from yesterday’s revelation (no matter how great) into a deeper realm of knowledge and experience with Him. As we are transitioning into a new realm of relationship in the Spirit, God is going to accompany this realm with visible demonstrations of power.

 The Apostle Paul said the following:

 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NASB)

4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power.

5 So that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

1 Corinthians 4:20 (NASB)

20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.

 With that said, I’m making an announcement! I’m officially done with operating in the gifts and anointing of the Holy Spirit at the level I’ve been living in. I’m moving on, into a deeper realm of relationship with the Lord, where my efforts become less, and His power manifests greater than ever before.

 This is what the Lord spoke to me on 3/2/13.

The Spirit of the Lord is saying “prepare for an early harvest, prepare for an outpouring of My fullness in your life.” Where one has planted and another has watered, God says “I’m bringing forth an increase into your house, and there is a great momentum of overflow that is going to surround you, and overtake you.” You have entered a time where unusual favor is going to manifest in your life, even as I caused unusual/extraordinary miracles to be performed by Paul, I’m going to manifest my favor in every part of your life.

 It is quite wonderful to know that God is up to something good! I mean lets be real, when you hear of all the negative reports that flow through the media, and see all the chaos that’s being released by the enemy, its comforting to know that God has placed us here for this moment in time. It would be wrong to just pass through life as a spectator watching from the sidelines of life, having never lived in the full potential of your relationship with God. That would be no different than having a million dollar check with your name on it, the money is already yours, you just need to deposit it!

 The Church as we know it is rapidly changing, as there is a great merger of the Word and the Spirit that is going to erupt into a powerful display of the kingdom of God in the earth. The issues that have divided us for years are going to take a back seat to the demonstrations of Gods Spirit with power that are going to manifest before our eyes. I want to encourage you to entertain a new depth of relationship in God; He is calling us into the depths with Him…man overboard!!

 Philippians 3:7-10

7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

Blessings,

Josh Crofton


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