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Know the sending

During my time in the Word today, I was focusing on Matthew 15.  Of course, many of us recall the dialog that Jesus had with the Canaanite woman needing deliverance for her daughter that was “grievously vexed with a devil”.  I have always loved how she spoke to Christ and reminded Him that even the dogs get to eat the crumbs from the master’s table.

But today, something else caught my attention.  In verse 24, it says But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  Did you catch that?  He said I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  He knew EXACTLY who He was sent to.  Let’s look at that word “sent”.  In the Greek it is “apostellos” meaning to send, to separate out, to send on a mission.  But another definition is to be found.  It is “to be set at liberty.”

Wow!  So, this one little verse is opening up to me on two amazing levels.

  1. We need to seek Him and ask Him, WHO am I SENT to?  We need to know exactly what people group or region or state or even co-worker or family member that we are sent to minister to.
  2. When we are sent we are set at liberty and being sent on a mission to set others at liberty!  As we know who He is sending us to, it takes out all the guess-work and, to be frank, it takes the “me” out of the equation!  How liberating!!

I encourage you to spend some time before His feet and simply ask who it is that you are being sent to find and minister to.  He will show you and begin to burden your heart for them.  This can only lead to liberty –> for yourself AND for them!!

Seek Him, that you would know with a certainty who He has sent you to bless, minister to and set at liberty.

//Crystal//

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Season of Dreams

I would say that in the past 3-6 months, the amount of dreams I have had has significantly increased.  I am interpreting this to mean that God is releasing dreams during the night season and that our eyes and ears should be open to receive what He is speaking to us.  Here are a few tips on how to receive during this season:

  1. Keep a notebook and pen on your night stand.  If you wake up in the night and the dream you just had is shockingly fresh in your mind, chances are that there is some significance.  Write it down!  Every detail that comes, no matter how small it seems.
  2. The next day or sometime that week, re-read the dream.  As you do so, circle the items that stand out as significant.  Or you can take a separate sheet of paper to make this in list form.
  3. Pray and then allow the Holy Spirit to take you through scripture to see how your dream aligns.  Remember that in one dream there can be many factors –> God, us, our day, a movie we watched, eating a weird dinner before bed, etc.  So, ultimately we must ensure that what we are seeing is from Him and lines up with His Word.
  4. Pray and ask God what symbolism is to be taken away from the dream.  Many of us can go crazy with symbolism.  We may interpret a clown in the dream to mean that we are too vain and wearing too much make up…when the clown was simply part of the circus we were at in the dream!  Tread carefully and with much discernment.
  5. Submit the dream to any women’s groups, friends, accountability partners or leadership for further interpretation.  There are those that specifically have the gift of interpreting dreams.  If you know someone like this, pester them with your dreams!  Be sure to only receive those interpretations that “bear witness” in your spirit!
  6. Continue to review your dreams.  Try to keep a folder, binder or notebook designated for dreams.  Take that out and re-read them every month or so if possible.  Many times God releases a dream for a future season in the “now” so that we are warned and/or made aware.

 

I encourage you to apply even one of these principles the next time you have a dream that just captivates your heart and mind.  You will be surprised at how God can use that to lead, direct and encourage you!  Don’t fall victim to the lie that God can’t or doesn’t communicate to us today through dreams and visions.  James Goll said it well when he said that God is the Master Dream Weaver!

Crystal

“Through dreams God communicates directly with us concerning our destiny as well as the destinies of our families, our nation, and our world. Many people today, particularly in the Western culture, never recognize God speaking to them in this way because they have been conditioned by a skeptical and sophisticated society to discount the language of dreams. Within our own generation, God is reconnecting us to a vital part of our spiritual heritage.” ~James Goll

Belonging to the Right Hour

Good Morning All!!

This morning during my time in the Word, I was reading Acts 3.  I came across this passage and found it both insightful and encouraging, so I am sharing it with you all!  Enjoy.

Acts 3:1-10

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried , whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said , Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said , Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk . And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up : and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength . And he leaping up stood , and walked , and entered with them into the temple, walking , and leaping , and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.”

When reading these verses, it really jumped out at me that this man had been lame from his mother’s womb and, therefore, had been laid DAILY at that gate called Beautiful.  If you look up the meaning of the word Beautiful here, it means Belonging to the right hour or season.  It was like each day that they laid him down there, they were hoping and expecting that this day would be that right hour or season for him to receive his healing. 

Are there areas in your life that you have been struggling with?  Struggling for years even?  Or maybe there is a healing that you have been hoping for?  Well, I am seeing that there is a right hour and season for all of these things.  How do we get to that?  Well, by positioning yourself at the “door” for that right hour to descend upon you.  This man had been at that gate that was the right hour for years on a daily basis.  But it took one whom would be obedient to the leading of His Spirit to walk by and fasten his eyes upon him.  To see that he was waiting, expecting God to unleash His healing power.  Peter had to fasten his eyes upon the man – upon his assignment that brought him into function.

You see, I believe the answer to our needs may sometimes be two-fold:

1. We have to position ourselves.  That means, we need to maintain our relationship with Him, we need to be in the Word and in prayer.  Sometimes this is all it takes.  If we are faithful and standing believing God, He will pour out answers, healing, blessing, etc over us.  Sometimes, there is a second component.

2. Another believer being willing to step into their function to release the answer.  Sometimes, the healing or answer or blessing will only come by another believer stepping in a releasing it.  This is what Peter did.

So, I encourage you this day to make sure that you are in relationship with the Lord.  Pour out your heart to Him – let Him know what you are in need of, or just what the dreams of your heart are.  He will hear you and answer – or send the answer!

God Bless!

~Crystal

 

Think Differently

Please enjoy this devotional I came across today.  I found it to be very timely and insightful, as many times our prayer life is too self-centered and not God-centered.  Take this time to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and renew your mind in order to come into alignment with His Word.  If you do, I know that you will see awesome changes in your life, your prayers and how you perceive God is answering those prayers!

Be encouraged!

~Crystal

Think Differently, By Emme Stanley

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2, KJV)

What does it really take to see our prayers answered? Without a doubt we have all seen those times when (to our surprise!) God just moves quickly and miraculously, and we know He has heard our request. However, there are other times when it just seems like nothing is happening and we just keep bumping into the same old problem.

I have found that this concept of “renewing our minds” is a major key to seeing answers to many of these issues. Often the main reason we are having a problem is because we are out of alignment with God’s way of doing something, and we are simply reaping what we are sowing.

This could relate to anything from marriage issues, to farming, to running a country! Maybe you don’t really need a miracle; maybe you just need to see from a different perspective. In other words, we could be angry and asking God why He doesn’t do something, and He could be asking us the same question.

The word of God is an instruction book for life, and you can find instruction there on pretty much anything if you take the time to look. Not only do we need to find out what the word says on a given subject, but we need to get our minds so soaked in it that we literally have a change of thinking that becomes our “new normal.” This leads to new behaviors, which leads to answered prayer as we sow good seed and prove true the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV)

Lord, I thank-you that your word is a light to my path and that it will continue to renew my mind as I meditate on it. I ask that you would align me under your perfect will and understanding of my life. I trust you and commit my own understanding into your loving care. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen