What’s your “word” for 2024? Let me know in the comments!

Mine: ASCEND.

But before we get there…

A number of years ago, I started using the final week of the year for some intense reflection on what had transpired that year and goal-setting for the next. It’s been an important process and tool in my tool belt for moving my life forward and keeping the future in mind.

One book that significantly changed things for me on this front was Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. It was a game changer, really, and fit right into my “strategic thinker” personality. I highly recommend you check it out if you are serious about goal setting and living with intention.

This year, I’m walking into the new year with a slightly different kind of thought…

I’ve been on a prophetic journey with the Lord for a few years now and it has been a thrill. The frequency and accuracy of what I was hearing from the Holy Spirit increased significantly a couple of years ago and He has taught me so much since then!

During my prayer times, I began to discern God’s voice in more detail than what I had experienced previously. I would record what I heard and then the Lord would confirm it through other voices. It happened over and over again. Confirmation would come from ministry leaders I was listening to, sermons, song lyrics, scripture, and other means. Probably the typical ways a seasoned Christian would understand hearing from God.

I’ve spent a lot of time praying, studying, reading, listening to others, and working to get a grasp on this whole prophetic thing. The Lord has been so faithful to grant understanding and growth!

All that to give some basic context to what I want to share here since this is the first time I’ve done so publicly. As I’ve prayed into 2024, I’ve heard and sensed a few things. I have prayerfully sought the Lord about whether or not to share them here. I don’t believe all prophetic words are for all people at all times, so weigh these words carefully in your own prayer time and see what the Lord reveals to you.

Prophetic Word for 2024

For 2024, I’ve continually felt drawn to Psalm 24. I don’t intend for that to be some sort of cheesy or clever connection with numbers, but the Lord has had my attention on this Psalm for a while now.

Again, this may or may not be for you, but here’s what I see/sense/hear/feel about 2024 and this next season in the Church. I make no claims that this is the whole of anything regarding the Church as my “sight” is limited. Remember, we know in part and we prophesy in part (1 Corinthians 13:9).

ASCEND THE HILL OF THE LORD

  • I believe 2024 is going to be a year of ASCENT. I cannot shake the word ASCEND. It is resonating loudly in my spirit (and has been for some time). The call in Psalm 24 is to “ascend the hill of the Lord.” This is to stand in His presence and hearkens back to Moses ascending the mountain to hear directly from God.
  • I believe we are going to see an increase in prophetic voices, both “small” and “big,” known and unknown in 2024. I feel this year will see “the rise of the prophets.” (Note: I believe this includes false prophets) I believe God is calling and releasing many prophetic voices right now and Satan is counterfeiting this movement.
  • Related to this, I believe the Church must wake up and ready herself to deal with the demonic realities of a culture that has readily embraced New Age spirituality in nearly all facets of society and is increasingly rejecting Christianity. Powerless, intellectual Christianity will not stand against the demonstrated spiritual power that the enemy is releasing through New Age, witchcraft, false religions, and more. We must get our heads out of the sand when it comes to spirit-world realities. Much of the American church has sadly swept this under the rug, ignored it, or rejected it altogether. Consequently, deliverance and the need for it will continue to confront the Church in the coming days.
  • I believe the pursuit of the presence of God within the church will only deepen. More and more are going to catch on to the fact that the church life they have settled for falls far short of real and lasting encounter with God. The religious spirit that rules many of our churches is either going to lose ground or tighten its grip and the distinction between these opposing church environments is going to become clearer and clearer. The church must decide whether it wants the false comfort of control and religious ritual (i.e., maintaining the status quo) or whether it is willing to embrace the wind and freedom of the Spirit of God. We must prioritize His move over our pomp and circumstance.
  • I feel that the consecration of the Bride is going to be increased and emphasized. Holiness and the fear of the Lord is coming back into the Church. Those who desire to ascend the hill are going to commit themselves more fully to living consecrated lives (i.e., “clean hands and a pure heart,” see Psalm 24:4) and withdrawing from the things of the world in order to gain more and closer access to God’s heart and voice.
  • God has said to me “come up here” in recent months and I continue to feel this drawing on my spirit. The invitation to come up here is an invitation to ascend. Not to superiority, but to perspective. To climb a mountain and stand at its peak is to gain a powerful perspective that is only possible at the top. Those who choose to pursue this climb will find themselves seeing things they’ve never seen. Gaining heaven’s perspective where they didn’t have it before. God is speaking to the Church and revealing things that are to come. Remember, in Revelation 4:1 John hears a voice that says “come up here” and it is an invitation to see things that are to come.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Revelation 4:1 NKJV

We are all aware that the world is rapidly changing. Much is being shaken. Many, including myself, believe that we are nearing the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have no solid idea of when, but there is definitely a continual and increasing urgency in my spirit regarding this. I do believe He is getting His bride ready. And I believe that the prophetic will increase as we draw nearer because God will reveal to His Church what she is to be ready for.

7 Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Amos 3:7 NKJV

Though I am no expert on end-times prophecy, I believe we are going to see more and more of the signs that Jesus pointed us to so that we would both avoid the end-time deception and rightly discern His second coming.

(Note: I don’t believe that prophets and prophecy function exactly the same under the New Covenant as they did under the Old Covenant. Nothing is being added to the cannon of scripture, but God is still speaking in part through prophets and prophetic gifts to build and equip the Church (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12).)

Deliverance

  • As we pursue the Lord further, I believe deliverance will continue to increase (there is a growing need for churches to be trained in this, especially since it has largely been neglected in recent decades) and many more will have powerful encounters with the Spirit of God. I believe we are going to begin seeing a harvest come from Gen Z (and others) with many coming out of New Age spirituality including witchcraft of all kinds. As well, many from the LGBTQ community will have powerful encounters with God and will begin to experience freedom from the attack of the enemy over their lives.

20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

Luke 11:20-22 NKJV

32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.

Joel 2:32 NKJV

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.

Psalm 24:8 NKJV

The Generation of Davids

  • I know this phrase gets tossed around a lot, but I do feel deeply that God is raising up a generation of Davids in this hour, a remnant army of worshiping warriors who will settle for nothing less than revival through transformative encounters with Jesus, lifestyles of repentance, and humble obedience to the Spirit. They will seek Him at all costs and stop nothing short of revival in order to see His kingdom manifested in the earth. They are preparing a place for Him (1 Chronicles 15:1).

Revival

  • Finally, I believe a great revival is coming, the likes of which we have not seen. And I believe this will be the return to the book of Acts church. Tongues, power, prophecy, miracles, healing, deliverance, and massive harvests of souls. God is preparing His bride for the return of the bridegroom. I personally believe this is the mandate on the Church in this hour – partnering with Him to prepare the way for the King of Glory!

Psalm 24

The King of Glory and His Kingdom

A Psalm of David.

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the [a]waters.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah