Deeper Day 302: My Birthday Word

For my birthday this year, I had asked my siblings and my mom to give me prophetic words. As they all trickled in my spirit felt so encouraged and refreshed.

One sister also had her husband give me a word and his included Isaiah 60. God had given him this chapter for me. As I have read it over and over again, I am taken aback at all the goodness it holds. After the last year we’ve walked through, this chapter feels like a spring rain on my soul. Today, I wanted to share one small portion of it with you.

Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.  Isaiah 60:20

This verse felt like dawn breaking on my heart. It felt like a rhema word. One of those moments when a verse in the Bible suddenly takes on new life and feels very present. Like a new promise.

That’s what God does. That’s what it’s like when you read the Bible in partnership with Holy Spirit. It comes to life and Holy Spirit will lead you to encouragement and/or instruction for today. The Bible is very much alive, and the reason for that is that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is alive and moving all the time. Our ever-present help and comforter.

So, I will spend this year believing for all the many gifts tucked into Isaiah 60. Each time I begin to read it again, I feel Holy Spirit fall on me. Then I feel my spirit stir all over again.

The prophetic words I receive are like life blood. The Bible says to prophesy for the edification of the church. It truly is an amazing and relevant gift.

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.                                    1 Corinthians 14:1

But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3

Who doesn’t want to be strengthened, encouraged and comforted? I know I do. That’s why I not only eagerly desire to prophecy, but I eagerly desire to receive it as well. It’s one of the most beneficial and encouraging exchanges I make in life…to give and receive prophecy.

Prayer Moment: Thank You God for giving us the gift of prophecy. You knew that we would need lots of encouragement throughout our lifetimes, and You provided in advance for that to be taken care of. Help me to willingly give the words You speak to me for the encouragement of others. Help me never withhold a timely encouragement. Bless the words of my mouth. Send others to bless and encourage me. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1