Our outside temperature registered 1 degree on the 1st day of 2022 which made me think of THE most important One, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior. When praying about this new year, I felt directed to study the prophetic symbolism for the number 22 which represents light. As darkness increases, it’s definitely time for the year of light to shine brighter than ever before. It’s a brand new day, so let’s celebrate God and all of His goodness to us! He’s calling us to remain steadfast with optimism in Him.
Children of Light
As Jesus taught on the Mount of Olives, He said,
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Believers in Jesus Christ are called the children of light in 1 Thessalonians 5:5, “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”
Look For The Lonely
Places of darkness are haunts of cruelty and loneliness. One of the real downsides of the worldwide pandemic has been an alarming rise in people suffering from being alone. This can also lead to destructive side effects.
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” (Psalm 68:6 – NIV)
When trouble arrives on the scene, the result can be for some to quickly isolate themselves. Christians are salt and light who can extend a hand up to connect and go deeper in God and His word. All of us need one another who will stay connected and pray together.
22 Preceded by 20
For this Gregorian calendar year, the year 22 is preceded by the number 20 since we’re in the 21st century. For a brief history of why and how we use this system, here’s a link for you to take a gander.
In prophetic symbolism, the number 20 represents redemption, service, waiting, accountability, responsibility, and expectancy.
Do you deem the aforementioned tie together beautifully with the overall message of children of light looking for the lonely? There’s an inherent expectancy for those who God will bring across our path during this year who need redemption, salvation, healing, and deliverance.
Jesus Left The 99 At the beginning of my weekly blog post, I mentioned the number one. Enter the Parable of the lost sheep which Jesus spoke of during His earthly ministry.
“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:10-14)
God’s will is that no one should perish but come to everlasting life through Jesus Christ His Son. (2 Peter 3:9)
Be Prepared For Your Sychar Moment
The spiritual sense that I have when authoring this message is that some of you may be assigned one particular person during 2022. God will direct every one of your steps, words, and actions if you are submitted to Him. One note of caution is to look inwardly at the person and not at their outward appearance which already could have caused the world to reject or discard him or her.
Please plan to take some time and read John Chapter 4 in your Bible which recounts the story of the Samaritan woman meeting her Messiah. This powerful encounter took place in Sychar, a city in Samaria. At the divine intersection of God’s grace, the outcast, a five-time divorcee, became one of the first evangelists in the New Testament.
God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit never give up on anyone.
Here’s the link for one of my blog posts in September of 2020 which you may like to revisit for encouragement.
Candle In The Dark
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
#1. As you read and pray through this message, I would encourage you to make some notes in your prophetic journal regarding how the Holy Spirit is stirring your spirit. Record any scriptures that He quickens unto you.
#2. During an anointed year of light, God will also be shining His light within us presenting a challenge to make inward changes according to His word, if applicable.
#3. In what areas of your life is God calling you to remain steadfast with optimism in Him?
#4. Do you know of anyone who has isolated himself or herself? Is God leading you to leave the 99 and seek out the one?
#5. Are your heart and spirit ready for those who God will divinely bring across your life intersection of redemption and friendship?
#6. Have you prepared for your “Sychar Moment?” This can certainly take some spiritual growth and super-stretching as we cast off old mindsets and preconceived ideas. Please join me in praying,
“Father, Thank You for this new year of 2022. I choose to place my hand in Yours and walk with you every day. May Your watchful eye rest upon me at all times As I continue in Your kingdom along the way. My encouragement for this year comes from Your Word which stands firm in the heavens and does not sway. Through Your light, increase our light within, That we may search for the lost before they fade away. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above every name. Amen.”
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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