December 9, 2016
By Lana Vawser
[You may read the original post directly on Lana’s site at https://lanavawser.com/2016/12/word-for-2017-reach-for-the-sky/
As I sat with the Lord, seeking His heart for 2017, I kept hearing the line from the Toy Story Movie where Woody declares “REACH FOR THE SKY!!!!”, followed closely by the words “IT’S TIME TO ARRIVE AND FLY!!!!!!!”
I then began to hear the sighs of God’s people all across the earth and it was a sigh of relief, it was a sigh that shouted the word “FINALLY” loudly across the earth. I saw TEARS of RELIEF flowing down the cheeks of God’s people as they SAW RELIEF with their eyes. Their “FINALLY” moment had arrived.
The Lord has been speaking breakthrough over and over again in this season, He has been speaking about divine surprises, He has been speaking about increase and upgrade and that is the season that we are in. 2016 has been a year of intensity, of trial and pressure. Many have experienced fire like they have never known. I saw many carrying a heavy heart with the words written across it “2016 just wasn’t the year I thought it would be!!”
I want to encourage you this IS your season of breakthrough! This IS the season of awakening, greater manifestation of freedom, increase and extension for the body of Christ.
GOD IS BRINGING RELIEF IN 2017!!! A lot of this intensity, a lot of this feeling of “I’m going to die”, “I can’t hold on much more” is going to LIFT and an EASE and REST will be found in Jesus in 2017 where you will breathe easy again! That’s not to say there will not be trials and struggles in 2017, but there will be another level of breakthrough and place of “resting in the Lord” found by the body of Christ as they lean in.
God is bringing His people to the place of knowing what it is to “walk with Him in the cool of the day”. (Genesis 3:8)
There is great refreshing coming in 2017. To know His breath, His presence, the invitation to deeper place of intimacy. To know the wind of the Spirit, the winds of change, the winds of reviving, the winds of resurrection power. The winds of LIFE as you COMMUNE and walk with Him.
There is a greater accuracy of hearing God is developing in His people in 2017. In the acceleration that will increase in 2017, make sure you are taking time to be STILL, to be with Him, to be IN the word to HEAR His whisper. There will be LOUD confirmations in 2017 of the words of the Lord, but He will also be speaking in the whisper, listen for the Holy Spirit wind.
THE 2016 PRESSURE POINT
2016 for many felt like it was a continual “pressing of a pressure point” but I want to encourage you, that in the pressure, in the stretching, in the fire, God has been moulding you, preparing you, shaping you, bringing dross to the surface and healing you. He has been purifying you, cleaning your heart, pruning you for promotion and to shine His light and reflect Him clearer than ever before. The pressure point has been continually pressed in 2016, but you are about to experience GREAT RELIEF in 2017.
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,” (Malachi 3:3)
This IS the season of returning to the first love. The pressure and warfare the body of Christ has faced in this season has caused the people of God to RUN to Him like never before. It has stripped anything we try to rely on besides Him. He has been DEEPENING our intimacy with Him and maturing His people as we lean in with our YES to Him.
REACH FOR THE SKY, IT’S TIME TO ARRIVE AND FLY
Ephesians 3:20 has been swirling around in the Spirit for me a lot lately. The Lord has been highlighting it over and over again, that we are in the season of the manifestation of Ephesians 3:20 in ways we have never seen.
“God will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you!”
Ephesians 3:20 (The Passion Translation)
What has held you down in 2016, God is BREAKING OFF and you are going to know what it is to FLY on the winds of the Spirit in ease, insight, revelation and PEACE in 2016. The enemy and his demonic forces have worked hard in 2016 to steal the peace of God’s people, but God has been training His people how to HOLD their peace in Him despite the storms in 2016. Your sowing into keeping your peace in 2016 will produce for you a great HARVEST of PEACE and JOY in 2017.
I heard the words “There will be STORMS in 2017 but they won’t have CLAWS because of the JOY and PEACE that I am releasing. Such a deep solidity and expectancy in My people of what I am doing in 2017, the storms may ROAR, but MY ROAR as the Lion of Judah bringing RECOMPENSE, the birthing of NEW LIFE and revelation of who I am, My people will LIVE ABOVE the storms like NEVER BEFORE.”
2017 IS GOING TO BE A DIVINE SURPRISE!!!
2017 is going to be a DIVINE SURPRISE for many. Whether you have faith for great things in 2017, or whether you are feeling hopeless and finding it hard to believe again. The Lord is going to SURPRISE you in 2017. The Lord has been speaking about surprises all year, but some things that you haven’t even expected or you even have a “grid for” is going to be brought to you “on a silver platter” in 2017. Favour is going to knock on your door with divine surprises in 2017.
HE IS NOT ONLY GOING TO “COME THROUGH”, HE IS GOING TO “OUT DO”
“God will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all….” – Ephesians 3:20 (The Passion Translation)
He is going to SUDDENLY ENERGISE YOU AGAIN!!! The resurrection power of God is going to manifest in your life in more ways than it has in 2016. What the enemy thought he had victory over, what the enemy thought he got away with stealing in 2016, the Lord is going to RELEASE BACK TO YOU in 2017. Ground is going to be taken back in 2017. He is going to RESURRECT all the dead and dry places within your heart and soul as you SEE HIM and He is going to give you the CAPACITY to DREAM AGAIN!!!! There will be SUCH DEEP HEALING manifested in 2017, you will have your strength back in the natural exploding from HIS miraculous power energising you!
God is going to cause you to REACH FOR THE SKY in 2017. He’s going to ask you to lay your dreams on the table and INCREASE them. He is going to ask you to believe for greater things that you ever have. He is going to ask you to dream things that are bigger than you ever have. He is going to ask you to do things that you never imagined possible or thought you could.
“Do not let PROVISION HINDER YOUR VISION and your REACHING FOR THE SKY in 2017!!!!! Dream with Me, and believe that I am going to bring SUPERNATURAL PROVISION that will FAR OUTWEIGH your VISION. I am going to OUTDO your VISION with my DIVINE PROVISION!!!”
THERE WILL BE STRETCHING IN 2017
There will be a great stretching in 2017, but it will not be like the ‘stretching’ we have felt in 2016. It is going to be a JOYFUL STRETCHING. It is going to be a STRETCHING in the “FINALLY” moments. The moments of ARRIVAL.
The lightning bolt of God’s power is going to STRIKE in 2017 release the power of God into dreams and visions with DOUBLE PORTIONS. The things HELD AT RANSOM or HINDERED in 2016 will be released with DOUBLE PORTIONS in 2017. Where many of you have contended for so long for your own life and promises and the lives and promises of your family and those around you, and it feels like the BREAKTHROUGH STARTS but then gets HALTED or DELAYED, the Lord is going to RULE with an IRON FIST and bring the DIVINE STRIKE that will release a CLEAN SWEEP of breakthrough, heavenly justice and RE-ALIGNMENT to lead you not only into the manifestation of what He promised but into completely NEW AREAS.
THE 2017 MOUNTAINTOP
I heard the words “2016 has been a VALLEY for many, but 2017 is going to be a MOUNTAINTOP!” For so long, many have been trying to “get through” 2016 and make it through alive, in 2017 you will see the FRUIT of your obedience, stewardship, prayers and “one foot in front of the other” every day to not give up, ON THE MOUNTAINTOP!!!!
You have known what it is to live with the Lord in the VALLEY, but in 2017 there will be MANY MOUNTAINTOP experiences/encounters with Jesus. You will know what it is to live on the MOUNTAINTOP with the Lord. You will know what it is to have clearer INSIGHT, SIGHT, WISDOM and heavenly encounter with Jesus than you EVER have. You will know what it is to live in a place of continual revelation and refreshing, as your roots have broken deep into places of intimacy with Him that you never imagined possible.
WISDOM IN THE WORD FOR THE FOREIGN
In 2017, there is going to be a need for heavenly wisdom and discernment more than ever. I saw the Lord opening up areas and paths to God’s people that are “foreign”. New assignments, mandates, new pathways, new tasks are going to be handed out to God’s people in this season that are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to anything you have expected. When you step into them, the feeling will arise of “I don’t know how to do this”, “I don’t know how to navigate this” but the Lord is going to give you wisdom and strategy in exponential increase.
Pay attention to your dreams in 2017, for the Lord is going to be releasing incredible prophetic insight on levels that are completely foreign and new but totally BIBLICALLY based. KNOWING the Word and having BIBLICAL FOUNDATION will be even MORE IMPORTANT than ever in 2017 with the level of insight, revelation and encounters the people of God are moving into. Be clothed with discernment from on high! Don’t stop asking for His wisdom and discernment in ALL things based in and from His Word.
“In the change, stay in the Word!!!! So much will change in 2017, the suddenly’s that have been upon this season are not only manifesting but in 2017 there will be SUDDEN CHANGES released within the area of SUDDENLY’S from 2016. A SIGNIFICANT changing of GEARS will take place in areas of breakthrough that happened in 2016, but as they manifest, go deeper in My Word and you will find the WISDOM to move in and through these new FOREIGN paths.”
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
DIFFERENT STREAMS WILL FLOW TOGETHER IN 2017
The work of UNITY amongst the people of God that is going to be seen in 2017 is going to be BREATHTAKING! In 2016 the enemy has been working hard to bring DIVISION into the body of Christ, but the work of the Holy Spirit in 2017 to bring His people together is going to cause His people to be in AWE.
I had a vision where I saw the Lord visiting leaders of different streams in the night with dreams and encounters to release specific strategies and keys to HELP OTHER STREAMS move into their breakthrough and destiny. I saw leaders all across the world from different streams calling each other sharing dreams and encounters they had with Jesus for the breakthrough of the other. Not only were new networks and friendships formed, but such a deep unity, love and celebration of one another. A true “joining together” of brothers and sisters in Christ to extend the Kingdom.
I saw DIFFERENT STREAMS flowing together in 2017. I saw the most ‘opposite’ of streams that many look at and say “They would never flow together”, or “we just don’t flow together”, the Lord is going to cause to flow together in great unity. There is going to be a SIGN and a WONDER at the work of the Holy Spirit to bring UNITY to the body of Christ through these seemingly “opposite streams” coming together in the name of Jesus to see a beautiful move of the Holy Spirit across the earth. I saw revival and an outpouring flowing from the ‘joining of these streams’ in ways we have never seen. It will cause the people of God to BEHOLD – to stand in awe.
“BEHOLD how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1
“This heavenly harmony can be compared to the dew dripping down from the skies upon Mount Hermon, refreshing the mountain slopes of Israel. For from this realm of sweet harmony, God will release His eternal blessing, the promise of life forever” – Psalm 133:3 (The Passion Translation)
Where the world would look at the Church and say “this denomination doesn’t like this one” or “there is such division in the Church, they can’t work together”, to be broken down significantly and the world begin to see the Church moving as “one body under and in Jesus Christ”.
The revelation of the love of Jesus that is going to come from this work of the Spirit to bring significant unity in 2017 is going to be stunning! The kindness and goodness of God that is going to flow into the earth from the brothers and sisters working together in unity, is going to bring a worldwide shift.
HEART PROPHETS WILL BE SENT INTO THE MARKETPLACE IN GREATER INFLUX CARRYING THE HEART OF THE FATHER – A NEW ASSIGNMENT WILL BE UPON MANY OF YOU TO BRING HEALING TO THE MARKETPLACE
I saw the Lord commissioning many heart prophets in 2017 to go into the marketplace with a specific mandate to bring HEALING. I saw these specific heart prophets moving into the marketplace with the compassion, love and heart of the Father.
They were going into boardrooms, meeting with CEO’s, leaders of business, governmental officials and people who are holding great influence in the marketplace to bring prophetic words of comfort, strategy, hope and healing.
As I watched these heart prophets ministering to these ones in the marketplace I could hear the heart of the Father so loudly speaking in longing “I have seen the hurts, the heartache, the disappointments, the struggles, the broken hearts and pain of many of those who are carrying worldly influence and favour in cities and nations, and I have come now to bring you hope, to bring you healing and comfort.”
I watched in the spirit as these prophets ministered in such accurate words of knowledge and insight from the heart of the Father, such LOVE being released through their words as they read the inner heart cries, struggles and disappointments of these ones of great influence and MANY of these marketplace leaders meeting Jesus and finding HEALING of years upon years of disappointment, pain and heartache.
I then heard the words “As I bring greater healing to those in the places of great influence in the marketplace, testimonies and healing will spread throughout the mountains of culture and society like wildfire. Many will know and burn with my love in the marketplace in 2017!”