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As I have pressed into the heart of the Lord for the next year, 2016, I felt He showed me one of the themes He wanted to focus on this year.
I kept hearing the words over and over "The year of the slipstream."
SLIPSTREAM: "the airstream generating reduced air pressure and forward suction directly behind a rapidly moving vehicle." (www.dictionary.com)
Invitation into the Slipstream
2015 has been a year of intense pressure, intense stretching, intense opposition and contending. I believe in 2016 there is an invitation into a divine "slipstream." The wind of the Spirit moving in great acceleration but the Lord calling us to a "positioning" of greater rest. It seems completely opposite and 'illogical' in the natural, but many things the Lord is going to ask His people to do or not do in 2016 will be a great surprise, but MORE is going to come out of divine rest in whatever form that looks like for you (physical, emotional/mental healing, release of striving, settled heart in His nature and ways etc.) in 2016.
I felt the Lord say that 2016 would be a year THE GREATEST demonstration of DIVINE REST of heart, mind, soul and body for many, but also THE GREATEST demonstration of ACCELERATION that they have ever seen.
A place of shaking off the shackles of driving and seeing Him break off and bring deeper healing to any parts of the soul that would cause a "pushing forward."
This invitation will require a greater trust in the Lord and His timing and ways. These "slipstreams" are going to go in different directions in some ways to how many have anticipated He is going to move and "when," but as the people of God allow the wind of the Spirit to carry them in this slipstream, there is going to be greater ground taken, greater manifestations of His power and Spirit, greater fruit for less effort.
This "divine slipstream" is going to see many get a "rest" from the hard "toiling" of 2015, where things will begin to "FLOW" in 2016, as the MANIFESTED winds of grace land in lives in greater ways. Abundance, provision, and manifested blessing are going to break through in 2016 in exponential ways.
In this slipstream, great acceleration will come into the lives of God's people, but it's coming from a deeper rest in the Lord's timing and ways. There are divine surprises that are going to come in the slipstream, there are dreams that will be awakened in the slipstream, there will be giftings that will be activated in the slipstream, there will be new horizons to see and mantles to receive. Because of the acceleration and harvest season we have entered into and are entering deeper into, there will be a temptation in 2016 to move out of the slipstream and begin to run ahead. I felt the Lord specifically encouraging His people in 2016 to "stay in pace" with Him, and be intentional in seeking the Lord on doors and opportunities that are placed before you. For not all doors and opportunities will be a "YES" but the doors that He is leading His people to and through (Isaiah 22:22) are going to produce greater fruit, greater territory taken, greater favor displayed and greater harvest received with less effort and huge demonstrations of His grace. In the acceleration of 2016, the enemy is going to attempt to get the people of God "busy," but "busy" doing things that the Lord isn't breathing on. They are "good things" but not necessarily the things God is breathing on. Where as the people of God move through the divine doors HE is breathing on, they will get busy doing greater levels of the Father's work as Jesus did in Luke 2:49, and with great ease and joy.
Up and Out - Great Deliverance into the Rested Flow
I saw mighty rushing winds coming into the body of Christ in 2016. His winds that are going to begin to bring the people of God "UP and OUT" of places where they have felt stuck, weighed down and no forward motion. Areas where the enemy has hit the people of God so hard and troubles and trials have surrounded the Lord is going to bring greater deliverance and moving into the divine slipstream of rested flow.
"He soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water. Out of the brightness before him coals of fire flamed forth. The Lord thundered from heaven and the Most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows and scattered the; lightning and routed them. Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, a the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils. He sent from on high, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in Me." (2 Samuel 22:11-20)
Where many have felt like they are facing onslaught after onslaught, hit after hit, trial after trial, and never seeming to get "their head above water" are going to see radical demonstrations of deliverance, divine "payback," restoration and retribution. The Lord began to release this in the latter half of 2015, but they are about to go to an accelerated level in 2016. "Get your baskets ready, it's harvest time. Not only will I restore to you tenfold what the enemy has stolen, broken and destroyed, I will add to you with greater increase, acceleration, and ABUNDANT restitution." (The act of restoring to the rightful owner something that has been taken away, lost - www.thefreedictionary.com)
Year of the Pioneer
I also heard the words "2016, THE YEAR OF THE PIONEER." The Pioneers this year have been through intense trials, opposition, weariness, hardship and fire. There has been so much "sowing" yet "little" breakthrough for many.
2016, a great vindication is coming over the pioneers. That like Joseph, there was great favor over His life and it was evident that the Lord was with Him as all He touched prospered.
"The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge." (Genesis 39:2-4)
Favor is going to be poured over the Pioneers in 2016 in greater ways, especially as they have sown, stewarded and forged forward when no one is looking, no one is cheering, no fruit is manifesting, but continued obedience to Him and to the vision the Lord has given them, they will be rewarded and many openly and publically in 2016 and put in charge to oversee much more. Much more will be added to them and placed into their hands as they have stewarded well and served the Lord faithfully.
I saw the Lord moving the Pioneers into the divine slipstream as they stepped in through their YES, and I then saw the word "SLIPSTREAM" change to "SHIPSTREAM" and I saw a HUGE Ocean Liner gliding peacefully on peaceful seas and rough seas. A new level of peace that surpasses all understanding is coming to the Pioneers. (Philippians 4:7) 2015 has been a year where the Pioneers have had to learn that PEACE is found in Jesus alone. They have weathered many storms, and as they held onto Him they now have a greater anchoring in Him and strength. Moving forward in 2016 with a greater authority and peace to SPEAK to storms and see them silenced.
It's Time for UPGRADE
There will be a divine UPGRADE in the lives of the Pioneers in 2016. Greater empowerment, greater impartations, greater encounters with His heart, moving into deeper levels of authority, that will see the very things that threatened them in 2015 and almost caused them to give up and going to be steamrolled in 2016. The Pioneers are going to move forward with greater ease, greater flow and take MORE GROUND than they have before.
I saw the Lord "changing the time" on a clock over the Pioneers in 2016. He was accelerating time and a season of DOUBLE DIVINE SUDDENLIES is being ushered in over the Pioneers. In the testing of the heart, testing of obedience and the strengthening of character and intimacy with Him, the Lord is "adding to" the Pioneers in time, resource, breakthrough and refreshed vision.
Pioneers, don't give up, 2016 will see everything fall into place and an extension of time and space for increase, divine suddenlies and turnarounds. The Lord is going to do things in a 24 hour period in and through the lives of the Pioneers in 2016 that is not humanly possible that will restore, refresh and fill the Pioneers with renewed hope, expectation and new levels of faith and they will bring the body of Christ to a whole new level of faith and hopeful, joyful, confident expectation in the timing, ways, vision, goodness and provision of the Lord.