The Lord gave me a prophetic dream for Hebrew New Year 5780 concerning the decade of “Pey” which is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a symbol that has the appearance of a “mouth”. Many prophets have been sharing that this will be the decade we must speak to move destiny and create change in the earth. In this dream, I was at the podium speaking and there was only a few people in the sanctuary and they were working in the back. These were people who care for the church and they were talking and taking out garbage. They represent the servants no one notices as they serve God humbly. I threw the mic in their direction and I remember thinking, “Am I losing my mind this mic is thousands of dollars and now it will be broken.” But when it hit the ground it bounced and then started bouncing off all the seats in the sanctuary that were even empty. Then as it bounced the mic got bigger until it was so huge it was like a boulder, and it turned the color red. It was a mic with the rock and fire of the Lord. Then the Holy Spirit said to me loudly in the dream, “My word will not return void but accomplish the purposes for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) I woke up and began to pray and realized it was God saying that when His voice goes out it will continue to grow with fire until it accomplishes why He sent it. This word will be carried even by my humble servants who go unnoticed by others but God notices them. God had spoken to me a few weeks before that this would be the year He would establish covenant promises with His people in 5780. God establishes these promises with us because we are His children bought with the covenant blood of Jesus. When God’s word is spoken and released by us with faith it will come to pass.
At the beginning of the Hebrew Calendar there are 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the highest holy day of the year to the Jewish people, these are called the Days of Awe. This is a time where God is calling us to step into covenant promises by faith through repentance, restructuring our lives, and also restarting old things, so we can partner with him for the establishment of our covenant destiny.
When we talk about God establishing His promises with us, what does this mean? Well, a covenant promise is one that God makes to us and makes to our heart. If God says, "I'm establishing covenant promises this year," it means that He is going to be setting things in your life in motion to establish covenant and these are the promises that will be tested. These tests are coming against the Word He spoke to you and you will need to rise in faith.
See once the Word of God goes out, the enemy comes to steal the word (Matthew 13:19). So when you enter into 5780, you have to enter in with the faith that this will be the year that God will establish His covenant promises with you, and that you will begin to start seeing changes for your future that will benefit the kingdom of God.
I want to share with you the story of one who knew and understood that, and that is King David. David was set apart and consecrated at a young age to be the king, but it was many years before he ever actually sat on the throne. Now he had to go through all those years believing that he was anointed with oil and set apart, and that a promise was made to Him by God. God chose David for his heart and set him apart, but he was moved into a place where he had to remain quiet until the day that he was called to step forward. You know what day that was? That day was when he faced Goliath. So the day David was promoted was the day He had to enter a battle and operate in faith to kill the giant.
Now when God says He's going to establish covenant with you, you will face Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:34- 37 (NIV), David says to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
If God says he is going to establish you this year in the covenant promise that He made with you He's going to rise you up and as you're going forth, when you face the enemy before you, you will know who you are and you'll be able to say, "But you enemy, you Goliath, you liar, you devil, you uncircumcised, non-covenantal god, you cannot take the covenant that I've entered into with God, because I know who I am. I know I'm circumcised and you are going down, because God is establishing His covenant with me." The word “establish” in the Hebrew is the word “qum” which means to rise. You will rise in your faith and position in confidence to go forth because you know who you are in Him.
When God says, "I'm going to establish a covenant," God's saying, "I'm going to go before you. My name will go before you." The circumcision to the Israelites was their identity (Genesis 17:10). That's what set them apart from every other tribe on the planet. As believers in Jesus, we are set apart as circumcised members of the kingdom, which means we have a power that every other god and enemy on the planet does not have. We will be challenged just as David was challenged in his identity as the anointed and appointed one of God to be the King. David knew who he was. He had the oil poured over his head. He had exercised in his environment the fighting of the lion and the bear. So, all along he was equipping himself. We should be equipping ourselves as we are fighting lions and bears with the word of God, and with worship, prayer, fasting, and the spiritual disciplines.
One day your challenge for identity and the covenant promise God made with you will come, and when it's your time as the anointed and appointed one to step into the position where God can establish His covenant, God will be there. When you pull out those five small stones, you're going to knock that devil in the head without any trouble at all because the supernatural will come and do it for you because it's all by faith and God said, "I've already established my covenant with you." That thing is going down. It's uncircumcised. It has NOT been set apart by a covenant with God Himself. You who are the circumcised ones in your hearts have all the power, now step into place right now. Ezekiel 36: 26-28 (NKJV) says,” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
You have to realize if God is saying, "I'm going to establish a covenant with you," He's also saying, "Are you prepared to fight Goliath with the word of God and all of the preparation that you've done behind the scenes where nobody saw?" All your closet prayers, all your tears, all the trials you faced in the early years with God by your side. All that preparation is now about to become fulfillment.
You are filled with the power of God so now pick up your five small stones and sling them, and ding-dong they're going to hit the devil in the head and he's going to be laid out. Why? He's uncircumcised, you're not. You're part of the circumcised family of God. That's your identity. This should be your mindset. When God says, "I'm going to establish a covenant with you in 5780," He's saying, "I'm expecting you to stand up and be who I've called you to be. I'm expecting you to know your identity as a circumcised citizen of the kingdom, and stop bowing down to the Goliath who's coming to steal the covenant that I've established with you. I'm expecting you to stand up and to fight for the kingdom, and to go forward and do what it is I'm calling you to do. I'm expecting you to repent. I'm expecting you to leave that sin. I'm expecting you to get yourself up every single time the devil knocks you down and keep on going. I'm expecting this of you."
Why? Because you're circumcised in your heart. So, the only way the giant's going down is if you live by faith in knowing that it is God Himself who establishes the covenant. If God says He wants something done, it's going to get done. If God says that He wants a victory in this area, there's going to be a victory. God says, it's His covenant. God will bring it to pass when you are faithful to live by faith. He is always faithful and He is not a man that He should lie. Everything to him is yes and amen, and it's go forward, and it's abundance and it's increasing, and its multiplication. You serve a good, good Father. You serve one that knows your pain, He knows your brokenness and He will not break a broken reed. He will not stab you when you're down. He'll lift a hand to you and He'll lift you up, and He'll look you in the eyes and He'll say, "It's okay son. It's okay daughter, put it on. You just forgot who you are. The circumcision in me took care of it. Get yourself dressed and let's go establish the covenant promise in 5780."
I'm telling you this is going to be a dynamite year of establishing covenant promises, all because God said He wants to do it. We just got to get on board with him and stand up and fight the uncircumcised Philistines in our life, because we have his power, his strength, and his promise.
Dr. Candice Smithyman
Host, Glory Road TV Show www.candicesmithyman.com