In my time of prayer, I sought the Lord for 2018. I received one word only, and that word I received for 2018 is “cultivate”. It seemed like a simple word until I looked into an expanded definition.
Cultivate (from dictionary.com):
To prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till
To promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention
To produce by culture
To develop or improve by education or training; train; refine
To promote the growth or development of; foster
To devote oneself to
To seek to promote or foster
To seek the acquaintance or friendship of
As we have heard from other prophetic words about 2018, we are entering into a year of promised land and harvest. Many of us have been in long preparation for what we will encounter this year. In my spirit, I see the word “stewardship” beside the word “cultivate”. Looking at the definitions above, these are all aspects of stewardship. What we are entering into, we are being expected to steward well to receive the fruitfulness of which the promised land will bring.
For some, this promised land is a reassignment. The Lord had spoken to me in late fall about people who will be given Kingdom reassignments in 2018. These reassignments aren’t because you (the reassigned) failed, but because the reassignment holds the promise. Not all these reassignments are into lush lands. Some of these promised lands are going to need work and cultivation. Don’t be disheartened or disappointed, though. It won’t be the same as it was in the previous assignment. The harvest will come earlier than expected, and the work will not be as arduous because the Lord is with you! You will be cultivating land that others abandoned and neglected. Some of this land will require the tearing down of idols of which others have built in their name (the reason the Lord removed them). Ezekiel 36 is an example of this. The finished product will glorify the One True God and the name of Jesus! Your promise will be His glory!
For others, this promised land is the expansion of a previous assignment. You’ve been faithful where you’ve been! Because the expansion is new territory, you must work to cultivate it. You must sow new seed in the good ground. You must become acquainted with those the Lord brings beside you. They are there to help you labor (new Kingdom connections and relationships). You will need new skills as you take on new ventures. See, not every land holds the same industry/production potential. One area of land may be good for lumber. One area of land may be desirable for farming. One area may be desirable for fishing. One area may be desirable for communications, and so on and so forth. Apply this to spiritual assignments and territories.
The promised land into which you enter may require you to develop new skills and education! If you are being expanded or reassigned to new territory, you may need to learn social media skills or public speaking skills. You may find yourself needing to learn more about audio/visual technology! You may even find yourself needing to learn more about world geography!!
May we dedicate ourselves to cultivating the promised land well in this new year!
Ezekiel 36:8-9, 24-37
2 Corinthians 9:6
2 Timothy 2:15