2013 Prophetic Insights by Matt Sorger
I encourage you to pray over these 13 prophetic decrees and meditate on them and apply them to your lives as the Holy Spirit leads you.
I encourage you to pray over these 13 prophetic decrees and meditate on them and apply them to your lives as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Have a Blessed 2013!
There are nine character trait combinations that I believe reveal a balanced maturity. Some of these may seem to be contradictory, but the individual traits are only perfect when tempered because they can be stretched to distortion when they are isolated. Jesus perfectly displayed all of these traits, and we will exhibit them as we grow into His fullness.
Gentleness with Boldness
The most mature believers that I have ever met have all carried a remarkable gentleness along with a ferocious boldness. So, when I find someone with incredible boldness, I immediately look for signs of gentleness. Either trait without the other is immaturity. (Mat. 11:29; 2Co. 10:1)
Humility with Confidence
Humility is the only way to true greatness. It means to be lowly and gentle of heart, mind, and spirit; but it does not mean you must abandon confidence in yourself. Confidence, on the other hand, is not self-focused and puffed up; it is knowing who you really are. It would be ignorance or false humility to pretend otherwise. (Mat. 21:5; Phi. 2:6-8)
Compassion without Coddling
This is love with accountability. It is knowing that love is always necessary, and yet there is a line where true love is stern and discerning in it’s approach. Jesus is the perfect and consistent love of God on display, and yet He did not shrink back from being firm. (John. 6)
Honor without Flattery
Maturity teaches us to value others despite their flaws, without derailing it through insincerity. To honor someone means that they carry weight with you. People carry such weight with God that He died for us all while we were absolutely flawed. If we are to imitate God, we should honor all people as well. (1Peter 2:17; Job 32:22)
Faith without Presumption
Faith is assurance of something before it is physically evident; agreeing with God. Presumption is what you think God should be saying. In our immaturity we often tend to presume to know what is best for ourselves. We must learn to trust God as our Master. He never fails or waivers from His goal of seeing Christ formed in us. (Mat. 9:29, 26:39)
Generosity with Wisdom
Generosity is giving freely and liberally, just as God always does. Yet in 1Chronicles 21:24, David said that he would not offer to the Lord something that cost him nothing. Generosity should apply understanding to guide it’s use. (2Co. 9:11; 1Ti. 6:18)
Honesty with Tactfulness
In it’s most basic sense, it means to be truthful to others and to ourselves. Yet, it’s not typically wise to say everything and anything that is truthful. We should be tactful and discrete about what we say, without lies or compromise. (Psa. 51:6; Eph. 4:29; Pro. 25:11)
Dependability with Zeal
Maturity produces ambitious people that others can count on. A reliable person with enthusiasm is the kind of person that we all want fighting alongside us. Just showing up is the most important key, since zeal without consistency produces nothing significant. (Mat. 24:45; Rom. 12:11)
Peacefulness with Tenacity
A person of peacefulness with tenacity is a person who has learned to rest in God through every storm. Learning to stay in peace takes persistent determination to deliberately set your faith it God regardless of the circumstances. (Isa. 32:18; Rom. 5:3-4)
But who are you?
Everything you have listed is a physical description and you know as well as I do that you are not your body. Yes, your parents created your body, but without your spirit in your body, you would not exist. You are a spirit. So, who are you really? Where did you come from? And why did you come here to live on earth?
You are a Spirit sent from God.
(Pause… and think of that!)
You are a Spirit sent from God to affect this planet.
(Did you really think your life is an accident?)
Please say this out loud: “I, _________, am a spirit sent from God.”
If you are born again, your inward witness just registered the entire truth of that statement. You know it is true.
So why in the world have we been wandering aimlessly around this earth believing something else? I’ll tell you why. When you were a child, you knew exactly who you were because you had just come from God. It took many years of training for you to forget who you are and believe you are what the world and the devil says you are.
Have you ever noticed that it is perfectly acceptable to put yourself down, talk about your shortcomings, and the negative traits about yourself? “I’m not very smart.” “I’m just a poor person.” “I can only get low paying jobs.” “I’m just a sinner.” “I’m not very spiritual.”
Even when complimented, it is traditional to say, “Oh, no, I didn’t do anything.” “What? This old suit? No, I’ve had it for years. Can’t afford a new one.” When others try to lift you up, it’s your job to put yourself back down. After all, didn’t you learn this from you parents? After a certain age, it was no longer acceptable to say with excitement and pride, “Look Mommy, see what I did!” To avoid looking prideful, you were taught a false sense of humility, to deny and disown your accomplishments.
We were taught that it was wrong to recognize and acknowledge our own greatness.
Acknowledge Your Greatness
But don’t try this in just any church. The Word of God says that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. (II Cor. 5:21) Say this out loud and you could be accused of blasphemy. Did you know that quoting scriptures is blasphemous? Well, it is in some churches. Several years ago when people began to realize the truth about our righteousness and confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ”, there were outcries of “Blasphemy!” “You are a sinner.” “Who are you trying to be? God?” (Would you rather we try to be the devil?)
Religion wants you to confess and declare that you are a lousy, no-good sinner. That is acceptable in religion. What do you think is acceptable to God? He is your Father and your Creator. He created you in His image and His likeness. How do you think he feels when you declare you are like the devil?
Religion implores us to declare our weakness and lack of power. It demands we acknowledge our likeness to the devil. Who do you think is behind all this? The devil, of course. He wants us to believe that he is our father. He is not.
We are spirits sent from God! We are made like him. His Spirit is in us. His greatness is in us. All that He is, is inside us, a part of us, and we are a part of Him. Never again confess a likeness to the devil or his traits. You are God’s own holy creation.
Acknowledging Your Greatness is not a Comparison
“But my parents told me I would get a ‘big-head’ if I said stuff like that.” Your parents told you that out of fear that you would think you were better than everyone else. You are not better than anyone else. Everyone is a spirit sent from God. When you acknowledge that about yourself, you will also acknowledge it about others. Why? Because when you truly believe that you are a spirit sent from God and you are like God, you will see his greatness in others.
Every spirit has the right of choice and some are choosing to be like the devil. They choose to behave like the devil because they believe they are like him and there is no greatness in them. If you believe you are a bad person, you will do bad things. If you really believe that you are great, you will do great things.
You will never exalt yourself by putting other people down. You cannot exalt your own race by being a racist. Disrespecting women will never exalt men to who they really are. Women who put down men do not exalt their gender.
God created all of us in His image and His likeness. He created us to create and bring forth out of our imagination our own individuality. Individuality, who you are, shows forth on the earth the diversity and greatness of God.
God took a planet that was void and without form and filled it with beautiful seas, fish, birds, animals of every kind and color. Then He created man and woman to be like Him. Their directive was to “guard and keep his creation.” They were to be the protectors of the physical manifestation of His greatness, the earth and the fullness thereof.
As you know, the man and woman chose to believe the serpent instead of God and things rapidly went downhill! Through Christ, our authority has been restored to us. Jesus said, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do…. We truly have the power and greatness to rule over this earth and again be the protectors and restorers of God’s creation.
So why aren’t we doing it?
Because we don’t really believe it.
There is a residual belief of unworthiness. A belief that we haven’t really obtained that level of spirituality yet. There is nothing to obtain. You are there. You are raised up together with Christ and seated together with Him in heavenly places. (Eph. 2:6) You are not a child of the devil. Your Father and Creator is God. Your greatness is a result of creation. No longer deny who you are. You are a spirit sent from God. All His power is invested in you. All the wealth of heaven is yours. The Wisdom of the Ages is on the inside of you. Go forth and reign in this life!
A few years ago, I dreamed that my father offered to give me a ride to my car. My car was only a block away, and I could have easily walked there. But after some lighthearted insistence on his part, I finally agreed to let him take me.
Instead of going the most direct route, he ended up taking me all over the area: down one-way streets, through parks and office communities. Forty-five minutes later, we were back to being within one block of my car. Frustrated, I asked my father to stop so I could just walk.
As I got out of the car, my father remorsefully said, “I just wanted to spend some time with you.”
It was then I heard a voice from Heaven say to me, “This is how you treat Me.”
“No,” I quickly retorted, “I’m not like that at all! I make time to talk with You.”
But His response left me aghast: “Yes, you are ready to talk with Me when you want, but you are not available to talk anytime I want. You are more interested in reaching your goals than spending time with Me.”
Needless to say, that dream was a wakeup call for me. It helped me better comprehend the heart and thought processes of my Father God.
You are Wanted
Genuine relationship with God is a marriage of two hearts, and like any marriage, it needs time and focus in order to grow. It also requires both people actually understanding where the other is coming from. Let me explain what I mean by that.
God’s love for you is extravagant. His love for you is greater than anything that has ever been seen before. His love for you is more than you could imagine. It is more than you could ever expect, even on your best day. And this God who loves you more than you could ever hope for wants you to be an active participant in His life.
This is not an invitation to feel condemned. Don’t think, I never spend time with God. He must be disappointed in me. Or, I know He wants me to spend more time with Him, but I just can’t right now. Don’t read this article and allow your soul to become troubled. Instead, realize how much you are wanted.
How Should you Respond?
If this is a difficult subject for you to grasp, purposefully set out to change your mind about it. For the next month, try to wake up in the morning with this thought: Today, God desires me.
As our weeks and months go by and we struggle through our valleys and trials, it can be so easy to forget our passion; the understanding of His heart for us can slip through our fingers. Then, when His invitation comes, we often respond in fear: I’m not doing enough! He’s probably upset with me! How could He ever want me? I’m not one of the faithful ones. If I come to Him now, it’s probably going to be at a great personal cost!
But again, the invitation is not meant to make you feel condemned for your actions or thought processes (Romans 8:1). It has been issued solely because He wants you. And the result of spending time with God is that you become God focused. Your life changes. Your mind, your will and your emotions become aligned with His. Your hope flourishes. You discover real, genuine, true life; you discover the real you in the middle of His affections.
When you wait on Him, He speaks. When you spend time with Him, you discover that He has been wanting to speak. He has been waiting for you to wait, so He can talk, so He can move, so He can inform, so He can touch, so He can hold, so He can caress, so He can embrace you.
Let today be your day. Go find yourself in God’s affections. Spend time with Him and discover His heart for you. And remember that you are wanted so fully and completely that when you begin to understand His desire for you, the path will straighten out beneath your feet; your questions will be answered, and you will discover a peace that passes all comprehension.
What is Identity?
Identity means self-definition. It is who or what we believe we are from the very epicenter of our being. Consequently, it is from this wellspring that we feel, think, choose, and act.
Because identity is so primal to our life outcomes, God will devote significant measures and lengthy time periods to its development in us. We can expect Him to put us in odd situations whereby false identities can be illumined and stripped. We can expect Him to put us in encouraging situations whereby true ones can emerge.
If we second-guess our identity in Christ, we become what Scripture calls “double-minded”. If we become double-minded, God refuses to be invoked (Jas 1:6-8).
Jezebel’s desperate last effort to stop Jehu was to assault his identity. She sarcastically labeled him “Zimri”–a betrayer and murderer (2Ki 9:31, 1Ki 16:15-20)–in an effort to make him second-guess himself. Joseph’s brothers likewise barraged his identity (Gen 37). Job’s wife cursed his (Job 2:9,10). Satan went after Jesus’ immediately after He received affirmation of it (Mt 3,4)! We must cling stubbornly to the identity the Lord has conferred on us.
False Identity #1: The Family-based Identity
Many people depend on their families to define them. This can be a positive or negative thing.
During the first fifteen to twenty years of life, we came to define ourselves by what our families reinforced. In general, we assimilated into our personality what they affirmed and rewarded, while discarding what they disparaged or persecuted. We internalized their messages, the direct and indirect, and made them our own.
The messages that were helpful, holy, and healthy contributed to a sound identity. The ones that were not, or the ones delivered inappropriately, contributed to false or poor or destructive identities. Such identities would eventually hinder the full enjoyment of our new identity in Christ.
Yahweh, knowing this, told Israel not to dictate themselves by sinful family ways (Eze 18, 20:18,19, Dan 5:18-30). Any self-image rooted in family sin and negativity is a false identity, a competitor to our new identity in Christ.
Genesis 5:3 sums this one up: …When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image…
False Identity #2: The Socially-based Identity
Some depend on their inner and outer social circle to define them—friends, romantic partners, co-workers, teammates, anybody in their para-family social niche. If we are not conscious and intuitive, the attitudes of those around us can conform us to their definitions of reality. As with family, not all of that is bad, and some might even be very helpful. It is the unwholesome and unbiblical definitions that we need to deflect away.
False Identity #3: The Performance-based Identity
In 1948, a “Humanist Manifesto” was pronounced to be the philosophy of the age in the western world. It deified the human ability to perform and achieve, a deification that penetrated every cell of Western society, including Christianity. The result? A self-definition along these lines: I am only as good as my performance…If I perform well I am well…My performance determines who I am…I am what I do.
This performance-orientation (-obsession) inspires workaholism and perfectionism, telltale signs most easily recognized. This identity tends to produce competent and successful people who are wanting and messed up personally. Why? Their obsession is what they do, not who they are.
We must be grounded and founded in I am, not I do. Our innermost cornerstone must be Christ-centered (Col 2:7) and self-valuing (Mk 12:31 “as yourself”), apart from what we can do, perform, and achieve.
False Identity #4: The Money-based Identity
Just as a person can depend on family, social links, or performance to define themselves, so also money and possessions can be so used. Nebuchadnezzar had a materialistic identity (Dan 4:4,27-30). It was the basis of his pride for which he was judged. Though it is certainly not wrong to have material abundance (Ecc 5:19), it is quicksand to focus our identity on them (1Ti 6:10,17).
False Identity #5: The Appearance-based Identity
Finally, some center themselves on physical beauty. This underlies the cosmetic surgery mania. To be clear, I am not arguing for or against cosmetic surgery, but I am definitely speaking against an appearance-based identity. Narcissus, the intriguing mythical personality, lost himself in his own beauty. He drowned himself to be one with it.
Scripture tells us to be excellent in our physical upkeep and presentation (Pr 27:9 NKJV, Ecc 9:8, Mt 6:17). It even presents examples where God used human beauty for positive purposes (1Sam 16:18, Est 2:1-18). However, Solomon said beauty is deceptive and fleeting as an innermost dependency (Pr 31:30).
The Need for Love, Blessing, and Purpose
All counterfeit identities are simply illegitimate ways of experiencing three things: love,blessing, and purpose. The human heart hungers and thirsts for these three things. If not found in and through Jesus, they will be sought in other ways, especially the ways mentioned above. Wonderfully, our identity in Christ provides exactly these three things.
True Identity: I am beloved in Christ
In and through Jesus, we are loved fully and freely. He gave birth to us spiritually (Jn 3:5-8, 1Jn 4:7). He has made us His beloved sons and daughters (Ro 8:14-16, 1Jn 3:1,2). He has lavished His love all over us (1Jn 3:1). He has poured His love into our hearts (Ro 5:5).
Because we are His beloved, we have many amazing privileges: we are complete or “full” (Col 2:10), we are one with Him (1Co 6:17), we have Christ’s new nature (2Co 5:17, Heb 3:14), we have direct access to Him (Eph 2:18, Heb 10:19-22), we are eternally hidden and protected (Jn 10:28,29, Col 3:3), we are royalty/heirs (Ro 8:17, Gal 4:7, 1Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6 NKJV), we are citizens of heaven (Php 3:20).
This, my brothers and sisters, is what we are to define ourselves by and organize ourselves around! If you are born-again, this is your first and foremost identity. Not family, not social connections, not performance, not money and possessions, not appearance. You are the beloved of the Lord.
True Identity: I am blessed in Christ
In and through Jesus, we are blessed spiritually and practically. Ephesians 1 opens by saying we have been remarkably blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (v3). Romans 4 speaks of the “blessedness” of the saved (v6-9). 2Corinthians 1:20 says every promise for us in Christ is YES! Many scriptures emphasize our blessed status: Romans 10:12, 1Corinthians 9:23, Galatians 3:8,9.
This blessed identity means several things. First, it means we are blessed with a new identity upon salvation. As mentioned in the previous section, Ephesians 1:3-14 discusses this magnificently.
Secondly, it means we are blessed with power (Eph 3:20) and anointing (2Co 1:21) by the indwelling Holy Spirit to live out our identity in real life. In other words, we are enabled to experience every last detail of the Christ-life on earth.
Thirdly, it means we are blessed with more than enough practical resources for our earthly needs and spiritual goals. This refers to food, clothing, shelter, transportation, money, physical health and vibrance—anything (Php 4:19, 1Ti 6:17, 3Jn 2).
True Identity: I am built in Christ
In and through Jesus, we are built purposefully and strategically. We have been built with a specific design to fulfill a specific calling. Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Peter tells us to faithfully use whatever gift(s) God has built into our being (1Peter 4:10).
We have a very practical earthly purpose in God’s kingdom! As we actualize our beloved-identity and blessed-identity, we will see our built-identity emerging naturally and supernaturally.
Who Am I?
You are not your family experiences. You are not your social circle’s attitudes. You are not your job, abilities, achievements, or performances. You are not your money. You are not your appearance.
You ARE beloved of the Lord. You ARE blessed in Him. You ARE built by Him. When you make this self-definition the focus and wellspring of your daily life, then you will find life more abundantly. Then everything else will make more sense and more supernaturally fall into place (Mt 6:33).
The best way to deal with the spirit of rejection is to reject rejection. When you encounter rejection simply pray and say: “Lord I reject all spirits of rejection in Jesus name.” Dont just stop there in prayer. Say this: “Lord you love me with an everlasting love and as a covenant child my portion is favor and acceptance in Jesus name. Dont stop there… start to sow favor and honour into other people’s lives and expect a harvest. The bible teaches us that we will reap what we sow. Knock the spirit of rejection on the head! War against this spirit through prayer and a SHOUT of praise and thanksgiving to God for all his blessings in your life. Our battles are not against people but against the demon spirits of this world. A key principle to overcome and deflect rejection in our lives is not to only have a defensive approach to rejection. We also have to have an offensive approach. What do I mean with an offesive approach? Dont just put a shield up when you encounter spirits of rejection – that is of course a good thing. Build an altar of God’s favour and acceptance in your life through prayer, worship and praise on a daily basis. Confess and proclaim God’s favour and acceptance over your life and align your mind and mouth with God’s acceptance and favor. Continue to WORSHIP and thank God for the blessing of His favor!Rejection is the portion the devil wants you to eat. You must not agree to eat and digest this kind of meal deal. Make the devil sorry he ever tried attacking you with rejection !