Every year, I try to ask the Lord for a specific word that would set the course for the next 12 months.
As a team at Victory Fort, I gathered our full time staff and shared with them what I felt God was putting in my heart.

I told them that in terms of execution and operations, God’s grace has been evident. We’ve been able to pull of 2016 and the events embedded in it with grace and excellence.

But as amazing as the events, worship services and discipleship trainings we have had, it is very easy to sit on our laurels and rely on our execution prowess. And when we do, we end up missing out on the miraculous.

Instead of sitting on our laurels, we need to sit under the feet of Jesus to hear Him. Instead of relying on our execution prowess, we need to rely on His extraordinary power to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.

What’s the one word? SUPERNATURAL.

I believe that God is calling us to step out of the boat and walk on water this year. It’s risky and a scary thought but God is calling us out of the boat.

Exodus 7:1-5 tells us the story of the call of Moses. Israel was crying out for deliverance from the clutches of Egyptian slavery. God answered. And God raised up a man named Moses.

But in the process, he will face oppositions.
Understand that God’s deliverance comes after major oppositions.
The fight comes before the favor.
The test comes before the triumph.
And the opposition comes before the outcome.

Now, He told Moses that He will perform signs and wonders.
Why? So that “the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” (Ex. 7:5)
God wants to make Himself known to all and He will use us to make His name great. And the signs and wonders will indeed be for that purpose – a ‘sign’ to point to Him.

For what reason? Exodus 8:23 says, “I will make a distinction between my people and your people.”

His name will be great and His people will be distinct.

Stepping out of the boat to trust God for the supernatural may mean praying when you don’t feel like praying.
… believing when you are up against the worst odds.
… pushing forward when circumstances tell us to stop.
… trusting when it looks like things won’t happen as planned.
… declaring by faith what we don’t see in the natural.

To some, it would be believing for supernatural healing from cancer.
To others, it would mean being in faith for the supernatural restoration so that mom and dad forgive each other.
Or to trust God for the supernatural to see a life destroyed by drugs and alcohol restored and serving the Kingdom.
Or to believe God for supernatural provision and freedom from debt.

For 2017, I’d like to encourage you to step out of the boat and believe God for the SUPERNATURAL.