Word of the Year for 2015

April 8, 2015 in Messages by Liz

“GO!” in 2015

The word for 2015 is ‘Go!’ We have been given a single word and a directive. To understand the significance of what God is saying to us we must understand the character of God and what ‘going’ means to Him.

First, God is a living being of purpose and design. He came to the earth both conquering and to conquer because He is a God of movement, motion, action and involvement. And He accomplishes his purposes, as evidenced by His death and resurrection – He has conquered both sin and death.

Through the Holy Spirit, His activity continues to this day. He is not a God of the status quo – his character and desire is not for staleness, and He will not have staleness forced upon Him. Though the enemy schemes and interferes at every opportunity, God is not impeded. Our heavenly Father is not in a stale mate with His enemies – His will is not subverted, no matter what. The word “Go” therefore, matches the active spirit of God, who casts off the old and brings forth the new.

Secondly, we know that our Father does not expect, ask or require us to do anything alone on the power of our own strength. When He gives us a word or directive He does not turn away or withdraw from us. Neither should we expect, ask or require Him to do everything alone. We must look for our part, and as the Branch, allow the Vine to direct us. When a word comes from God it is an invitation and an honor – He has made a place for us in His plan and is giving us the opportunity to join with Him to accomplish His will. Because of this aspect of God’s character, the relational God, the co-laborer, we know that the word ‘Go’ does not send us out alone, it is not a separation from God, but an announcement that it is time to ‘Go’, we ‘Go!’

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An example for us to look to involving the directive ‘Go’ comes from

Matt 21:28-31 NIV

28 There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
They answered. “The first,”

Comparing this father/son parable to that of the Prodigal son, we see a different aspect of the Character of God. The Prodigal son demanded his inheritance and spent it all on Himself – from that story we learn of God’s love towards His children. We see that the Father’s love is never ending and that He is always ready to be reconciled to those who would turn from their wicked ways and seek Him.

In this parable the two sons are not estranged, they are living in the house of the Father and they are in a state of relationship. We see God the Father giving the directive, ‘Go,’ to His sons – requiring their work and assistance to build and maintain what belongs to the Father. Once we are forgiven and reconciled we too live as sons in the Father’s house and we also are expected to listen for His directives.

In 2014, the Spirit told us to Experiment, Expect, Excel and Expand. And like the second son we acknowledged God’s directive saying ‘we hear you,’ and then the year went on. Looking back now, ask yourself, what did you sense your Father was either asking or requiring of you last year?

Did you experiment?

Did you expect something He was directing you toward?

In what areas did you expand?

Did you excel in areas you didn’t expect?

I suspect that we all made progress in some areas and missed the directive in others. The good news is – It’s not too late! In 2015, we have another opportunity – I believe the Lord has extended the word for 2014 and intends for it to overlap with the 2015 directive to ‘Go!’ Last year you heard Him. This year walk it out, ‘Go’ and expand your horizons, stretch forth your tent pegs, experiment, expect and excel.

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Although the word from 2014 carries through for 2015, the directive ‘Go’ is not simply a tag-on to last year. It is it’s own message and we must pray and seek the father’s will on how we are to ‘Go’ as a community, and also how each of us are to ‘Go’ individually this year.

Again, we look to examples in the Bible of how ‘Go’ is used by God to direct His people. The great commission is to ‘Go’ into all the world preach, baptize and make disciples of every ethnos. This is the most obvious interpretation of what is meant, and perhaps the Spirit is speaking this to you this year.

But, there are other interpretations for the directive to GO.

  • Go may mean that, like Abram, you have to Go to a place you know not…simply because He’s put something in your heart that is beyond yourself.
  • Go may mean to Go Look – like Elijah’s Servant, looking for the rain to come.
  • Go may mean for you to Go again, “seven times”, looking with expectation, for the answer to your faith – the provision for your purpose!
  • Go may mean that you, like the 10 lepers, may be told to go and show yourself to the Priest  – Go in obedience to the Word and the Spirit. And while they were on the way, they were healed.
  • This year, Go may require us, like Gideon, to step out, even in the midst of our fear, to bring deliverance to the captives and the oppressed!
  • Go may mean to repent and return to your first love, which would seem to imply going backward. But to repent and return is ‘Going’ and is forward motion!

No matter what direction the Spirit takes you, Go requires obedience and, by the Grace of God, we hope that our obedience will bear the fruit that glorifies our Father. Godly obedience is submission and trust toward God, an obedience which is not of the flesh but, Godly in both its origin and application.

As we listen and seek, we must remember that each Spirit led ‘Go’ is a prophetic word and we should respond as such.

Say “Yes” and ‘Go!’