PROPHETIC WORD FOR NEW ZEALAND
by Jill Smith
Oh New Zealand, how I have longed to gather you close under My wings, as a mother hen gathers her chickens. I am pulling you close right now, covering you protectively, drawing you together into Me with love, so that you will know who you really are, by knowing whose you are.
Aotearoa, long ago I called you, and throughout the years I sent My messengers to awaken and equip you. Wave after wave of revelation has broken like surf onto your shores, and the tide of My purposes has been progressively coming in. Wave after wave of My tender mercies has kissed your coastline, writing My love letters line upon line in the sand.
I have always been with you, from your molten, fiery beginnings, through your feisty, turbulent youth and into the early steps of your adulthood – testing out your talents, trying out the sound of your voice, making forays into justice and influencing the nations.
I have been fashioning you into My weapon, fitting beautifully in the palm of My hand, perfect for My purpose. You are a jewel perfected under pressure to beatify My crown. A greenstone taonga, smoothed into shape through turbulent times, ready to wear close to My heart. You are My multi coloured cloak, woven together according to My design. I have chosen you. Long before you chose Me I reached out to you and drew you close with tenderness and mercy.
Clean Green New Zealand – Pure New Zealand: Not just a catchy by-line, but a calling. From pristine snow on mountain peaks to clear rocky streams through bush clad valleys, I have painted your identity and calling bill-board-bold for all who have eyes to see.
- Pure rivers of revelation, healing, creativity, love and justice
- Mountains of influence, capped with righteousness
- Deep lakes – reservoirs of grace and peace
- Bright blue open heavens
- Verdant green pastures that nourish multitudes
- God-praising bird-song, clear, shrill, melodious, bold, and beautiful
- Volcanic outbursts of pent-up praise
- Earth-shaking movements that tremble at My Word and rearrange the landscape
Aotearoa you are now to rise and shine; though darkness may cover the earth, My glory rises upon you. Many will come to your light and encounter my glory and power. Like the sound of mighty rushing waters, My voice will go forth powerfully from your land as my people arise with a full-bodied roar. You are a prophetic people - you cannot help but prophesy. You are an apostolic people – pioneers who boldly break through. You are My weapon of war and I will turn back the enemy through you. Wisdom workers, entrepreneurs, creative artists, inventive culture shapers, reformers of all kinds are emerging from the shadows of preparation to shape new futures and spark good change.
Aotearoa, you will be called sought-after. Your airports will be busy with delegations on fact-finding missions. Just as in Ratana’s glory days, people will travel from far away, curious about My blessing producing fruit of Biblical proportions. He was a token, but this time My blessing will manifest in many spheres, and in diverse ways. My people will walk with clear prophetic revelation and with signs, wonders and miracles. This time it is not through one special man, but through multitudes.
As in the life of David, you were anointed and appointed to lead long ago, but were purified, prepared and matured throughout the reign of Saul. That season is over, and it is time for a new era and a new way as you now arise, a people after My own heart. Unencumbered by the armour of Saul - the methods and strength of man – a new leadership anointing is being released, marked by dependence upon My Spirit and Word. Just as the river of life flows out from My throne, so living water will flow out from this new type of leadership that will focus on blessing and meeting the needs of a nation, rather than building a reputation of their own.
Justice will flow through mercy, grace and truth will kiss, love and unity will testify that you are Mine. I am wiping away your tears, turning your mourning to joy, removing the shame of your youth. Like Boaz was to Ruth, I am your Kinsman-Redeemer. Now just watch what I will do.
Jill Smith was born in Whangarei, Northland, raised in Auckland, Geelong (Australia), and Palmerston North. Through her father she has iwi connections to Tainui and identifies strongly with New Zealand’s bi-cultural and partnership vision.
She has been married to Don for over 40 years and together they have a lively family who they enjoy heaps - four children, their husbands and wives, and ten brilliant grandchildren.
Jill’s prophetic ministry flows through teaching, preaching, prayer, writing, coaching, counseling, art and church leadership. Currently Don and Jill lead Pukekohe Community Church on the southern border of Auckland, and Jill travels regularly to minister further afield.
Jill is ordained with ACTS Churches New Zealand, connects with prophetic networks within in New Zealand, and relates to other Christian leaders for friendship and support. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org