The Lord Is Speaking….
“In 2022, you’ll know what to do.”
That’s how Brother Copeland sums up the word of the Lord he received for the upcoming new year.
Most of us can remember life without GPS (though it sure does make life easier!), but none of us has ever been without a map. Knowing where you’re going and how to get there is the key to success, not only when you’re in your vehicle, but even more so in life.
The word of the Lord to Brother Copeland for 2022 is:
2022 is the year of correction, direction, protection and perfection—in spirit, soul and body, in finances, churches and government.
Read the full word of the LORD here.
As we break down what that means for you individually and how you can experience this supernatural acceleration, you’ll find that the wisdom of God—knowing how to pursue and receive it—is at the heart of it all.
What’s in store for 2022? The Lord is speaking, and here’s what you can expect.
1. 2022 Is a Year of Correction
“For the Lord corrects those he loves.” –Proverbs 3:12
When the Apollo spacecraft traveled to the moon, it wasn’t as simple as blasting off, then landing perfectly on the designated target. Astronaut Jim Irwin explained that this journey required course corrections every 10 minutes! Even then, they only landed a few feet inside the 500-mile landing zone. The trip was still a success.
God has each one of us on a path to our dreams and His purpose for us. But our arrival is dependent on continual course corrections along the way. If we fall asleep at the wheel or stubbornly turn off our spiritual ears, we’ll be circling the moon of our dreams for far longer than God ever intended (think 40 years in the wilderness).
The good news is that God only corrects those He loves. Correction leads to direction, which is for your protection and perfection—in your health, family, finances, career, business, ministry and anywhere else. But, here’s the key—you have to be willing to receive correction. There is no path to promotion without it.
Brother Copeland says it like this: “If you’re unteachable, then there’s no correction. If there’s no correction, then there’s no direction.”
If you’re going somewhere in your car where you’ve never been, you’re going to turn on your GPS—or at least pull out a map! No one wants to waste time driving in circles. Correction is your spiritual GPS. You’ll get where you want to go much faster when you accept and respond to the correction of the Holy Spirit.
How does the Holy Spirit bring correction?
Three ways—by His Word, by His Spirit and through other people.
Some people say, “I only receive correction from God,” but that’s a dangerous place to be. God uses other people and if they are the vessels He’s chosen to bring correction to you, but you’re intentionally tuned out, you’ll miss it. There’s value in hearing the outside perspective of other wise and godly people whom God has placed in your life.
Now, you don’t just listen to anything anyone in the world says, but there is wisdom around you. Find it and heed it. Get around God-fearing, God-seeking people, and let their experience speak to you.
The Holy Spirit is leading and guiding all the time. It’s not hearing Him that’s the problem. That’s why if you’re mindful of your flesh all the time, you’ll only believe what you feel or what you see. That gives Satan access to your innermost counsel, because all he has to do is stir up your feelings a little bit, and you’ll follow that. And at that point, God can’t get a word in edgewise.
Correction, direction, protection and perfection all come from putting God’s Word first place in your life. When you see something in the word, you obey it.
Arriving at your destination starts with hearing and responding to continual course corrections. That’s when you’ll be prepared to hear the divine direction of the Lord for 2022!
2. 2022 Is a Year of Direction
“He will show you which path to take.” –Proverbs 3:6
Are you at a crossroad in your life?
Where do you go? What do you do? Which job should you take? Is it time to end a season or begin a new one?
We all face times when we have a choice to go one direction or another. The answers are not always so simple, and if we really want to stay on the path God has for us, we need to seek the wisdom of God for His direction. Once you’ve received His correction, you’ll be primed to receive His direction. He will show you what to do, where to go and who to talk to. He will help you avoid these common pitfalls.
- Moving too quickly. The enemy likes to use the ticking clock to pressure believers into making hasty (and often wrong) decisions. Don’t take the bait! Brother Copeland encourages you to “never underestimate a delay” and the power of right timing—even if it isn’t the timing you expected.
- Taking the wrong turn. Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) says, “There is a way that seems right to a man….” If you haven’t heard from the Lord, don’t move. Follow the cloud and the pillar of fire. That’s where you are safe.
- Being Led by Emotion. Believer, you are called to be led by the Spirit, not your emotions. Feelings are terrible advisors. Before you decide to move in one direction or another, be sure that fear, frustration, hurt or bitterness have no part in your decision.
- Following the World’s Ways. There are a lot of successful and wealthy people in the world, and they could tell you how they got to where they are. There are many ways to get rich, but only one that will add no sorrow. The wisdom of God is the only way to find wealth and success without sacrificing everything else.
3. 2022 Is a Year of Protection
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High….” –Psalm 91:1
Receiving correction and direction paves the way to protection. If God can’t correct you or direct you, He can’t protect you, either. To live in the shelter of the Most High, you must be completely yielded to God’s correction and direction.
A child who won’t listen to a parent instructing him to not run in the street will be in far greater danger than one who listens and obeys. Consider what happened to a faith-filled woman who called into a ministry for prayer.
She had just been hit over the head and mugged on the street. Now, she was on the other end of the line, sobbing.
“How could this happen to me?” she asked. “I confess Psalm 91 protection over myself every day!”
Maybe you’ve felt the same. You’ve confessed a scripture, and then seen the opposite results and wondered why.
The man on the other end of the line was a young Keith Moore. He didn’t immediately have the answer to her question until he heard the Holy Spirit quicken it to him. The Holy Spirit told Keith to ask her why she had been where she was that day.
“Well, I was just running some errands in that part of town. I did have a check in my spirit about going there that day,” she recalled.
The idea that you can ignore God’s correction and direction and just confess scriptures over yourself is a grave misstep. This woman was standing on a scripture while ignoring the warning God gave her—the direction for her protection.
Everything God instructs you to do is for your protection or for your benefit. It doesn’t always make sense to the natural mind, and it isn’t always what we want to hear, but if we want to stay safe and increase in BLESSING, we’ll yield to His direction.
4. 2022 Is a Year of Perfection
“Love…is the bond of perfection.” –Colossians 3:14 (NKJV)
Many Christians have fallen into the trap of following after perfectionism. They have somehow come to believe that they must be perfect in every way, that they must clean up their act before Jesus will love them or bless them. Jesus never demanded perfection—not while He was on earth and not while He sits at the Father’s right hand. He loves us. Period. He loves us so much that He gave His life, so we could be reunited with our heavenly Father. That’s an eternal, extravagant love, and it’s yours!
The way we reach the perfection referenced in Colossians 3:14 is by loving God and loving others. First John 4:16-17 says it this way:
“God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us…because as He is, so are we in this world” (AMPC).
The Apostle Paul prayed “that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection)” and that “enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ” (Ephesians 4:13, 15, AMPC).
Perfection is the completion of correction, direction and protection. That can only be achieved through the wisdom of God, which is a direct result of receiving God’s love and mercy and then giving that love and mercy outwardly to others.
When God’s love and mercy flow through you, you will move from victory to victory on a continual basis. The only thing that can stop you is a lack of love in your life.
Love never fails. That means if you’re walking in love, you can’t fail! That’s a simple (though often challenging) recipe for success!
You’ll Know What to Do
What’s in store for 2022? The Lord is speaking! In 2022, you’ll know what to do. Take the word of the Lord and begin applying it, expecting every part of it in your life. Make seeking and receiving the wisdom of God for every part of your life a priority. Then, you’ll see correction and direction bring you to a place of protection and perfection—a place of realized dreams and goals and fulfilled purpose in your life—spirit, soul and body; in finances; and in your church and government.
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