The Time To Thrive
According to the Oxford University Press dictionary, to “thrive” is “to grow or develop well or vigorously; to prosper or flourish.” This is the God appointed time to thrive.
The Lord spoke through several of His prophets during this past year and said that this would be the year of overflow. One definition of “overflow” is “the excess not able to be accommodated by a space.” It also means to “be excessively full or crowded.” As you can see, the plan of God in this hour is to bring about a year of exceeding, abundance as was spoken of in the book of Ephesians:
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams)— Ephesians 3:20 (Amp) which are before, Philip. 3:13 (KJV)
This word “superabundantly,” translated “exceedingly” in the King James Version of the Bible is a powerful combination of “super,” meaning “above, over, beyond; to a great or extreme degree; extra large of its kind,” and “abundantly,” which means, “existing or available in large quantities; plentiful.” So, what we are being told is that this year will not only be, over and beyond what would be considered plentiful, but will exceed it to such a degree that our imagination cannot even grasp its measure. God has purposed to bless us in such lavish manner that we have no frame of reference to comprehend its magnitude.
By faith we appropriate what only God can comprehend and bring to pass. His answer to the call of faith is causing us to flourish beyond our capacity to contain the result which comes pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. It’s time to thrive!
You Won’t Have To Strive To Survive
To “strive” is to “make great efforts” or to “fight vigorously against.” You won’t have to strive to survive in this season. The work of faith, the sowing of your life and resources, has been done in the years gone by. What you have sown in the past is what you will reap in the harvest of this year. This is the year of harvest.
Every farmer who sows seed knows that he must wait for the harvest. He cannot make the seed increase. He must let it mature and bring forth after its kind, some 30 fold, some 60, and some 100 times more. All he needs to do is harvest what has developed from the seed sown. This is the miracle of harvest.
As you continue in obedience to the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit your harvest will increase. Your harvest is on the other side of obedience. “God reserves and keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jer. 5:24).
You will not strive in this season. Your time of fighting vigorously against the powers of darkness is at an end. The victories won in prayer are manifesting. The imaginations of your mind have been brought into captivity to the knowledge of Christ. Your enemy has been routed and flees seven ways before you.
Nothing God has spoken to your heart will be withheld from you. In Habakkuk 2:3 we have read, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
We have waited in faith and now is the time appointed; now is the time when “it shall speak.” This is the promised hour when “it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Why, you may ask, is this year so different? It is the time of the former and latter rains, the overflowing of the banks of the river of the Spirit. It is the time of reaping of even that which we have not sown.
It’s time to thrive!