2016 PROMISE - Rev. Benita Francis

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever (Dan.12:3)

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joyand the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24)


In 2016, you can experience God like never before. His Presence will no longer be felt only by you alone during your personal times of prayer and praise. His Presence will be with you, and it will be witnessed by multitudes as you boldly go out and preach everywhere, the Lord working with you and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs (Mk.16:20). 


In 2016, you don’t need to bow to any idol, spirit or human. You can venture out and boldly declare your trust in your mighty Savior, just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did (Dan.3:16-18).


In 2016, those who would like to hurt you will be burnt by the heat of the Holy Spirit Fire which is your usual dwelling place (Dan.3:22; Eze.28:14,16).


In 2016, any fire God’s enemies try to heat against you will only lead you into more freedom. It will never be able to harm you. At the contrary, it will burn away any ties or bondages that still plague your life (Dan.3:25).


In 2016, Jesus will walk with you freely through each and every fiery furnace. You will never be harmed but only better armed for higher assignments (Dan.3:27).


In 2016, people in high places will see the Presence of Jesus with you and publicly turn to Christ. Your bold trust and confidence will be rewarded with political actions, decrees with national implications and great rewards and recognition for you. All this will happen as you boldly SPEAK your faith right into the face of adversity (Dan.3:27-30).


In 2016, you don’t need to fear any jealousy and mobbing. As you adhere to your firm decision to keep honoring and seeking your God, each and every evil plot against you will be turned against your accusers (Dan.6:24).


In 2016, each lion’s den you will be thrown into will become a comfortable resting place, a place of intimate encounter with Jesus and a tremendous testimony to a hostile world (Dan.6).


In 2016, as you keep your integrity and your public testimony for Jesus loud and clear for all to see, every trial you go through will bring progress and prosperity to you, honor to your God and salvation to your nation (Dan.3; Dan.6).


In 2016, CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY will become very real in your life (Col.1:27). The more you rely on Him in your daily activities, the more His wisdom will be revealed through you (1.Co.1:30-31).


In 2016, the more you allow His wisdom to flow through your words and actions, the more you will shine in every area of your daily life. As you exercise yourself in the gifts of the Spirit, your discernment will be sharpened to the point of throwing you into real Joseph-experiences. Your total relying on God and His Word coupled with your boldness to speak out what He shows you will take you from prison to palace in no time at all (Heb.5:14; Gen.40 and 41).


In 2016, your radical, uncompromising lifestyle for Jesus will attract both commendations and criticism, cheers and jealousy. This will clearly polarize your friends and followers and help you discern who is really on your side and who is not.


In 2016, you yourself decide if you go up or down. Obedience to God’s revealed Word and will is still the dividing line between success and defeat, blessing and curse, life and death (Dt.28:1-14 or 15-68).


In 2016, you will choose life and enjoy the closest friendship with Jesus as you eagerly heed and speed to do each and every desire of His Heart (Dt.30:19; Jn.15:16; 21:20).


In 2016, you will hear of many financial miracles, multiplication of food, money and other resources - miracles like Jesus did when feeding the 4000 and the 5000 men plus all the accompanying women and children. Worried, doubting disciples will gain tremendous courage and confidence as they see the multiplication occur through their own hands (Mt.14:16-21).


In 2016, God will place you into situations where you have to decide whether to keep relying on your natural strength, knowledge and resources, or whether you will take a bold step and leap into the supernatural. If you dare to do that, you will see all these mighty miracles you heard about from other continents occur through your own hands, your own mouth, your own eyes (Ac.3:4-16).


In 2016, the revelation of God as the righteous Judge of all the earth will become stronger and stronger in you (Ge.18:25). As the year progresses, the cry for righteousness will become louder and louder in your innermost being.


In 2016, lawlessness will abound more and more and try to engulf even the Church of Jesus. The love of many will grow cold, but you will rise up and become a preacher of righteousness like Noah of old (Mt.24:12; 2.Pe.2:5). By your obedience to God’s Word you will convict many of their wrong ways and bring them back into fellowship with their Creator.


In 2016, your task and your ministry will be two-fold. You will turn many to righteousness both inside and outside the Church, which is the Body of Jesus on this earth. God shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday as you entrust all your battles into His Hands (Ps.37:5-6).


In 2016, you will prove to the Body of Christ both from Scripture and from your personal life that a life in righteousness and holiness is possible by the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus, the sanctifying power of the Word of God and the constant guidance of the Holy Ghost (1.Jn.1:7,9; Jn.17:17; Ro.1:4).


In 2016, overcoming sin will be increasingly easy for you as you focus and understand more and more the tremendous depth of your salvation. You will truly understand what it means to be born of God, born of His Word, born of His Spirit. Your life will be a living testimony of the veracity of scriptures you could never before truly comprehend, much less believe possible. You will experience that “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” and “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him”  (1.Jn.3:9; 5:18).

In 2016, the polarization between the Bride of Christ that is preparing itself for His coming, allowing His Word and His Spirit to sanctify it and cleanse it from any spot or wrinkle, and the complacent mainstream Christians who allow satan to lure them into sin and deception will become more acute by the hour (Mt.25:1-13; Eph.5:27-28; Lk.21:8,34).


In 2016, patience will be one of your main weapons in the spiritual war. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing, and you will surely inherit all your promises (Jas.1:4; Heb.6:10-12).


In 2016, true Christianity will emerge from the grave of complacency, selfishness and fear of men. The Church of Jesus will grow in great speed toward maturity, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2.Co.7:1). Signs, wonders and miracles will be the natural outflow of the glorious Church that is rising up all over the world, shining brighter and brighter as the days become darker.

In 2016, you will increasingly feel the pain and wrath in God’s heart against the rampant sin that tries to destroy His beloved creation. You will rise up with God’s zeal and authority and campaign against  deception and lawlessness. Your voice will be both loved and loathed, heard and hidden, obeyed and oppressed. You will be called controversial like your Savior and His apostles (Mt.10:22; Lk.2:34).


In 2016, you will no longer count your life dear to yourself. With each passing day, the urge to see God’s eternal Kingdom of peace established on this earth will become stronger in you. As you watch world events unfold, you will decide to make your life count for time and eternity (Jn.12:24-26).


In 2016, your focus and your very way of talking will change. The big “YOU” will slowly move out of the limelight, while Jesus and His will and plan start taking center stage in your life. Scriptures like Galatians 2:20 and Revelation 12:12 will start making real sense to you and put you on the path to true miracle living.


In 2016, you will clearly feel the difference between the living and abiding Word of God and all the other writings which try to capture your time and attention. You will feel the life-giving impact the Bible makes on your spirit, soul and body each time you open it, and you will be drawn back to your Bible by a renewed hunger and thirst for truth and stability (1.Pe.1:23; Js.1:21; Ps.119:9).


In 2016, your discernment will grow through your increased intake of God’s Word. This will help you navigate through unstable times.  You will be able to rightly divide the truth of God’s Word and shun the increasing deception around you (Ps.119:105; 2.Tim.2:15).


In 2016, you will increasingly understand that true joy is found only in doing and completing God’s will for your life (Jn.4:31-38).


In 2016, protecting children will become a life mission for many who never imagined to do such kind of work. Many victories will be won and laws changed as the Church and city authorities together rise up against satan’s attempt to destroy the future of the nations.


In 2016, you will finally let go of all your vain attempts to find happiness. You will count it your greatest treasure and privilege to find out your calling and finish your race with joy, and the ministry which you received from the Lord Jesus. You will find greater satisfaction than you ever thought possible as you boldly start testifying to the Gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).

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