· John 10:10 - “I have come that you might have life and that might have it in abundance”
· The life that Jesus speaks about is spiritual life and vitality and of relationship with God.
· “more abundantly” = over and above, surpassing, beyond measure, extraordinary.
· Every year is an opportunity for more – not to settle or rest.
· Key passage: Joshua 14:6-15 – Prophetic for 2007
2. 2007 New Year
i) Year of Change – verse 6a
· Gilgal = To roll away the reproach of the past – Joshua 5:9
· Gilgal = Place of the end of a season of defeat and entry into victory.
= Place of ending cycles of bondage and defeat.
= Place of circumcision – painful process of covenant keeping.
= Place of purifying motives, attitudes.
· Season of change so that we could fulfill the call and purpose of God.
· Matthew 4:17 - Repent => Change so that you can possess the blessings of the Kingdom.
· All advances require change – a painful process – keep vision on the benefits.
ii) Year of Overcoming Mentality – verse 6a
· Caleb = forcible, assertive, one who goes on the attack.
· Not the time to be passive – helpless – poor me – What can I do?
· Must shake of passivity and irresponsibility – this is your life.
· Need “can do” mentality – if God’s with us we can do it.
· Numbers 3:30 - Caleb silenced the people …let us go up at once and possess it for we are well able.
· Need to silence negative thoughts – renew how we see self, and how we see life.
· Philippians 4:13 - “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
· Strengthen = 1743 = endunamoo = to increase strength, empower supernaturally.
· “Can do” = to have strength to overcome.
· Note: Son of Jephunneh – “he will turn, change and prepare”.
iii) Year of Prophetic Revelation/Dreams – verse 6b
· ‘The Lord said’ – Caleb carried a dream for 40 years in his heart.
· God speaks to us concerning our character and His purpose.
· Dare to dream – see possibilities – great things.
· Position yourself to hear things God have prepared for you.
· Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the thoughts I have for you and it is good.
· Failure is in the dreams you have – enlarge your dream.
· Acts 2:17 - In the Last days I’ll pour out My Spirit – prophecy, vision, dreams.
· God wants to release revelation to those hungry for His presence.
iv) Year for Strong Faith – verse 7
· “Word that was in my heart”
· Faith is the key that releases God’s blessings into our life.
· Saved by believing – responding to what God has spoken to the heart.
· Hebrews 11:6 - without faith it is impossible to please God.
· Faith is an “Inner knowing” – confidence that comes from ‘hearing God’.
· Faith grows as we meditate on the Word of God.
· Faith speaks – must agree with what God says – speak.
· E.G. Luke 5:5 - Peter - At your word
Acts 27:23-25 - Paul - I believe
John 2:5 - Mary - Whatever He says to do
v) Year for Discipleship/Growth – verse 9
· “Your inheritance for you and your children” – our words, attitude, actions shapes the next generation.
· Don’t live for self – live for God’s purpose – leave a legacy.
· Discipleship = training in character/attitude/lifestyle -> productive.
· Can’t be a disciple unless you are teachable – willing to learn and to change.
· Disciples: John 8:3 Word of God
John 13:35 Love for people
John 12:22 Serving heart
· Invest in your own personal development – input/shaping.
· Invest in developing someone else.
· Matthew 28:19
vi) How will you Respond?
· Maintain = spiritual Kingdom that resists – contained giants, challenge.
· Mountain is an inheritance for those who will accept the challenge.
· Don’t live in the past, embrace fresh challenges.
· Mark 6:34-38 - You have them to eat! – Out of the comfort zone.
· Called to stretch out to those in need – use what you have – heaven.
· Caleb could have settled – but burned with faith, vision and strength.
vii) Year of Conflict and Blessing:
· Joshua blessed him – faith releases God’s blessing and favor.
· Caleb entered a season of conflict – fired by vision and the favor of God – 2 Corinthians 2:14 – always comes into triumph.
· Always conflict over advance.
· 2007 – Year of Advance – marriage, family, finance, miracles, breakthrough.