At the end of December, I sat down to reflect on the last year and seek vision for this new year. My thoughts began praying just for my family that we would have vision, wisdom, and dreams from the Lord in this next year. What rose up in me was a word instead regarding our nation: 2016 – A Year of Unnerving; 2017 – A Revival of Compassion. This is what I heard and felt as these two years and words unraveled:
2016: A rollercoaster – new life and death, heartbreak, budding love, truth and lies, love and oppression, sickness and healing. I can see each of these things in my life and my family’s lives, but I feel and see that that is how this year has been for most people throughout our nation. We’ve seen it all this year. Of course, I would venture to say it is and has been present every year, but we as a nation had grown numb, desensitized to anything beyond ourselves as a culture. It’s as if this year, everyone was touched and impacted in such a way that empathy and awareness for others multiplied. People will talk about the hatred and blood bath of 2016, but the Lord is talking about the reawakened compassion.
For a man who has never looked beyond himself or ‘below himself’ to travel the nation and meet thousands of people and then take the office of president is demonstrative of this hope for fresh eyes on the pain.
I heard the Lord begin to speak first person at this point:
“I am calling forth a revival of compassion. Fresh eyes, raw hearts. As Jesus was moved with compassion so my people will be. It will bring forth an open heaven, a flood of miracles – Life, Love, Joy, Peace, Worth will pour out on all people. The prophetic through Love will draw millions into the family: that will be the key to evangelism; it’s the story of a Dad’s love for His kids. Healings and angelic encounters will increase. Through the nation’s rebirth in compassion will we see unity arise and the transformative Gospel more.
“What the world calls broken, dead, I will breathe new life into. Where there is ‘hate’ and oppression, search for My name, My face, My heart – for I am speaking something else.
“I have unnerved this nation. I have allowed for pain that they could feel again. Apathy is the cement of a heart. By allowing pain and also deep joy, I have softened the hearts of all men. I have stripped away apathy to reveal depravity – a life outside of relationship with Me. Even those who have been saved by the name of Jesus, but do not know that eternal life began that day, have found depravity. Even those who walk with Me have found depravity within them in the areas of their lives and hearts where I needed to breathe Life into, parts of themselves they had not yet surrendered to Me. These are the hearts I am calling out to. These are the hearts We are calling home. And it will be through the compassion shown through Jesus that we will see this.
“Daily awaken your heart and your soul to the Truth of the Gospel; soften your heart for compassion. Allow yourself to feel each moment and tune your heart to the heart of Jesus. From this place, we shall see Jesus, Holy Spirit and Daddy God pour out their love. We shall see heaven know earth intimately.”
Church, Bride, I implore you in this time, in this year, to feel. Feel with the broken. Allow your hearts to be moved with compassion and love. Restore hope. Bring healing. Feel with the rejoicing. Allow yourselves to burst forth in joy and celebration. Amplify thanksgiving. Shout in praise. This is not a year to choose sides: to either rejoice or mourn. It is a year to come together. To become a sign and a wonder: that we would live out the great commandment in loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, walking with Him daily and feel His heart for others, and from that place, that we would love our neighbor as ourselves. Do not harden your hearts in this day, but take this last year, where we have been unnerved, and allow yourself to go forth in love and compassion. This is a year of hope. This is a year of healing. This is a year to love: deeply, intimately, and gracefully.