Carrying Promise into a New YearVision of Buckets
Recently in a public worship service, the Lord revealed an image 2 me 4 the coming year. I saw the Church represented as a single person walking forward and carrying a large bucket in each hand. As we, the Church, approached the line that marked the passing of 2011 and the entrance into 2012, the Lord spoke and said, "Pour out the contents of 2011 and refill your buckets w/promise 4 the coming year."
Turning the buckets upside down, we proceeded 2 pour out the contents of the passing year upon the ground. When empty, we began refilling the buckets w/words of hope and promise 4 the coming season.
Then the Lord said, "These are the kinds of promises that My servant Paul wrote about 2 the Church in Ephesus – these are promises beyond your ability 2 imagine. These are promises birthed from My imagination. My imagination 4 u has no boundary or restriction."
We continued 2 walk forward w/buckets now filled w/promises for 2012 and beyond. The contents in our buckets started sloshing around and even spilling on the ground. We then crossed the line marking the entrance into the New Year. As we walked into this new dimension of time, the Lord spoke again and said:
"Now pour out these promises upon the soil of your family, your church and your city. I have planted supernatural seeds in the ground 4 this New Year that are not visible 2 natural sight. My seeds are thirsty 4 the water of My Word.
2012 will be a year of germination 4 things u thought were long dead. My seeds of promise are waiting and groaning 4 the word of faith u now carry. Pour out your buckets upon the New Year."
New Promises Being RevealedAs we began to pour out words of promise upon the bare ground, seeds not seen in the natural began to burst through the earth and reveal themselves. The water level in these buckets remained full even though the contents of the buckets were being poured out. It was like the feeding of the 5,000. A small child's lunch became a feast through supernatural multiplication. The more the buckets were poured out the more they were refilled.
It is time to empty our buckets of fear and doubt from our past. What we carry without faith and hope are stagnant buckets that do not reflect God's heart for us. New promises are being revealed. God is also asking many of us to review the promises He has made to us in past seasons. Some of these promises are so distant and buried in so much pain that they will be hard to retrieve or even re-imagine. Go after these promises. Find them and fill your buckets with His words of hope once again.
"Now 2 Him who is able 2 do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according 2 the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:20
2012 will be a year of supernatural surprise. You will say, "I don't remember this promise. I don't remember planting that crop." God is about 2 show us the depth of His love in ways not yet realized in our imagination.
Today, empty your buckets of all fear, doubt and sorrow from past years. Don't wait for New Year's Eve to do this. Enter a time of worship today and allow the Spirit to speak through you and proclaim His Word and heart of promise into your bucket.
Walk confidently into 2012 – pouring out your filled buckets into your field of promise.
Garris Elkins, Senior Leader
Living Waters Church - Medford, Oregon