Worship not only touches the Father’s heart, but it changes our hearts. In the coming year worship will be God’s instrument to tune our hearts to his. Worship will enable us to hear and see more clearly than ever before, and worship will help us trust God in the unexpected.

Verse for the New Year: 2 Chronicles 20:18

“Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.”

Worship will be powerful weapon in the coming year. Jahaziel son of Zechariah prophesied to King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem:

“This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” (2 Chronicles 15, 17)

In 2018 it’s not our job to battle, it is our job to worship.

A Call to Intimacy in 2018

God is looking for intimate lovers, not warriors in 2018. Jesus, the Bridegroom desires intimacy with his Bride, the church. He’s seeking the fragrance of worship, not the stench of war.

For many the change will be difficult. In 2018 there is a call away from a Martha mindset “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made”. To a Mary mindset “who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said”. The Bridegroom has much to share with His Bride in 2018. And it will be shared in places of intimacy.

Jesus said in Luke 10:41-42

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

May we also choose what is better in the coming year.

Number for the New Year: 12

I see the clock striking 12, both hand raised high, pointing to heaven in worship.

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

In the coming year the number 12 will be a reminder to:

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

Old Song for the New Year: Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman

The entire song speaks to me but the chorus stands out:

Saddle up your horses

We've got a trail to blaze

Oh oh oh

Through the wild blue yonder of God's Amazing grace

Let's follow our leader into the Glorious unknown

This is the life like no other whoa whoa

This is the great adventure

Intimacy with God will launch us on a Divine great adventure. God’s amazing grace will take us into new and uncharted places. This adventure will take many into their personal Promised Lands. What begins in 2018 will have significant ripples throughout time, for decades to come. Even now God is granting hope and encouragement for the adventure ahead.

Color for the New Year: Red

Red typically represents wisdom, anointing and love. This will be the trifold expression of Red in 2018. Intimacy with God will result in supernatural strength to overcome. A fruit of intimacy will be increased wisdom, increased anointing and increased capacity to love.

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

In 2018 red will symbolize holy passion.

Passionate love for God and passionate love for people.

Trailblazers and Forerunners

I see trailblazers and forerunners birthed in 2018. I see natural and spiritual births. Children born in 2018 will carry a special capacity to go where others have not gone before and leave a path for others to follow. World changers will be birthed in 2018.

Spiritually I see heavenly beings delivering invitations to many people. I see envelopes personally addressed; the cover of each invitation is printed with the words:

“Scary Wonderful”

Inside each card is a unique assignment, a personal invitation to their own great adventure with God Almighty. Those accepting the invitations will be trailblazers and forerunners beginning in 2018.

A Final Word of Encouragement

Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

God remembers. He has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten the promises he has made to you. He is faithful, he will do for you, just as he promised.

Happy New Year! ~Pastor Tom Zawacki