Carrying Promise into a New Year: Garris Elkins

Carrying Promise into a New Year

Garris ElkinsVision of Buckets

Recently in a public worship service, the Lord revealed an image to me for the coming year. I saw the Church represented as a single person walking forward and carrying a large bucket in each hand. As we, the Church, approached the line that marked the passing of 2011 and the entrance into 2012, the Lord spoke and said, “Pour out the contents of 2011 and refill your buckets with promise for the coming year.”

Turning the buckets upside down, we proceeded to pour out the contents of the passing year upon the ground. When empty, we began refilling the buckets with words of hope and promise for the coming season.

Then the Lord said, “These are the kinds of promises that My servant Paul wrote about to the Church in Ephesus – these are promises beyond your ability to imagine. These are promises birthed from My imagination. My imagination for you has no boundary or restriction.”

We continued to walk forward with buckets now filled with promises for 2012 and beyond. The contents in our buckets started sloshing around and even spilling on the ground. We then crossed the line marking the entrance into the New Year. As we walked into this new dimension of time, the Lord spoke again and said:

“Now pour out these promises upon the soil of your family, your church and your city. I have planted supernatural seeds in the ground for this New Year that are not visible to natural sight. My seeds are thirsty for the water of My Word. 2012 will be a year of germination for things you thought were long dead. My seeds of promise are waiting and groaning for the word of faith you now carry. Pour out your buckets upon the New Year.”

New Promises Being Revealed

As we began to pour out words of promise upon the bare ground, seeds not seen in the natural began to burst through the earth and reveal themselves. The water level in these buckets remained full even though the contents of the buckets were being poured out. It was like the feeding of the 5,000. A small child’s lunch became a feast through supernatural multiplication. The more the buckets were poured out the more they were refilled.

It is time to empty our buckets of fear and doubt from our past. What we carry without faith and hope are stagnant buckets that do not reflect God’s heart for us. New promises are being revealed. God is also asking many of us to review the promises He has made to us in past seasons. Some of these promises are so distant and buried in so much pain that they will be hard to retrieve or even re-imagine. Go after these promises. Find them and fill your buckets with His words of hope once again.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20

God will also begin to pour into your bucket those things of His heart, those Ephesians 3:20 promises, that are beyond your ability to ask or think. These promises, once watered, will sprout and fill your field with works beyond your imagination in the coming year.

2012 will be a year of supernatural surprise. You will say, “I don’t remember this promise. I don’t remember planting that crop.” God is about to show us the depth of His love in ways not yet realized in our imagination.

Today, empty your buckets of all fear, doubt and sorrow from past years. Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve to do this. Enter a time of worship today and allow the Spirit to speak through you and proclaim His Word and heart of promise into your bucket.

Walk confidently into 2012 – pouring out your filled buckets into your field of promise.

Garris Elkins, Senior Leader
Living Waters Church – Medford, Oregon


Garris and Jan Elkins are the Senior Leaders at Living Waters Church. Garris is their primary teaching pastor and leads the overall ministry of Living Waters. Jan leads the Counseling and Women’s Ministry at Living Waters. Garris and Jan desire to see the people of Living Waters fall passionately in love with Jesus Christ and learn to walk each day in the power and presence of God’s Spirit. They love to spend time exploring the history of Southern Oregon and taking walks in the hills above their home. Garris and Jan have two grown children, Anna and David.



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