A follow on from Heidi’s dream “Be who God has made you to be”, this message urges you to embrace the anointing God has given you. You are unique, one of a kind and even your past struggles and challenges have equipped you for everything you are designed to be for this very moment in time!
Daniel 9:20-23, 27 (MSG)
20-21 “While I was pouring out my heart, baring my sins and the sins of my people Israel, praying my life out before my God, interceding for the holy mountain of my God—while I was absorbed in this praying, the humanlike Gabriel, the one I had seen in an earlier vision, approached me, flying in like a bird about the time of evening worship.
22-23 “He stood before me and said, ‘Daniel, I have come to make things plain to you. You had no sooner started your prayer when the answer was given. And now I’m here to deliver the answer to you. You are much loved! So listen carefully to the answer, the plain meaning of what is revealed…..
27“‘ for one seven, he will forge many and strong alliances, but halfway through the seven he will banish worship and prayers. At the place of worship, a desecrating obscenity will be set up and remain until finally the desecrator himself is decisively destroyed.’”
Daniel has a beautiful visitation from an angel Gabriel who’s purpose is to bring the answer to Daniel’s prayers. In fact, as soon as Daniel prays he receives the answer via the angel. God unravels perilous events of the end times to Daniel in this encounter. One of these catastrophic events is the eradication of prayer and worship. This is a horrific abomination to God and the events following show the effect that prayerlessness has.
One area the enemy is most focused on is destroying your prayer life: your communion with God. He knows if he can somehow interfere by preventing you from praying, then he can ultimately prevent your promises from coming to pass. He aims to stop you from entering into God’s best for you.
He will do whatever he can to break down your communication and intimacy with God. He does this by sowing doubts into your mind to question whether God has really heard you. He may also make you question God’s character and if He really wants to answer you.
Finally he will attempt to lure you away from your prayer time by making you busy or focused on your feelings concerning praying. Let’s face it: he wants to cut off your prayer life. So wake up and realise his plan. Shake off busyness, distractions and lethargy. Enter into your special prayer time now. The answer is nearer than when you first believed.
Isaiah 26:9a (NLT)
In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you.
Are you searching after Him at night? Are you seeking Him in the morning?
The psalmist is urging us to enter into God’s presence on a regular basis, involving Him in all that we do.
How He longs for you to find Him day and night, to come and dwell in His presence, to worship Him and read His Word. He is inviting you to simply come and partake of His love. Open your heart up to Him even now and ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalms 34:8 NLT)
Numbers 20:7-8 NIV
‘The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so that they and their livestock can drink.’
In the past Moses had been asked to strike the rock which required faith as well as some effort on his part. However here he is called to simply speak to it. He is unfamiliar with this method and is afraid of the new way God is leading him.
Sometimes we get into a pattern of attempting things the way we had previously seen God do them because we are fearful of failure and what people may think. The unfamiliar can be scary! But we need to simply speak to the Rock, that is, speaking with Jesus, and obey Him according to whatever method He decides.
Be open to the strange, the crazy or the uncomfortable method because your miracle may come in a way or at a time you have never expected!
Romans 7:17 (NIV)
“As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me [that does it].”
In this passage the Apostle Paul is not deflecting responsibility for his own sin away from himself. Rather, he is making a distinction between those whose hearts are set on sinning versus those who stumble into sin when temptation gets the better of their best intentions.
He is saying that deep within he did not want to commit the sinful action he ended up falling into. If there was absolutely no temptation involved in his decision, and both options were put before him, he would have decided differently. He would have chosen the way of God’s command.
This is the essence of an accidental sin in contrast with unrepentant and deliberate sin. In one case the heart is set on sinning and couldn’t care less about God or His commands. The other has a heart to do what is right in God’s sight, but stumbles occasionally whilst dealing with the old self (sinful nature). These ‘falls’ should decrease as we continue on the true path of a contrite heart, that is, one who is deeply sorrowful over sin and quick to repent.
So Paul is not justifying a life of sin, but rather showing us the battle that wages war within us. Whilst we ultimately desire to please God, when we allow the flesh to take over, we become subject to the power of sin. It lies in ambush within us waiting for the opportunity to take charge of us when we least expect it.
But there is a solution to our predicament;
“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” Romans 7:24-25 (MSG)
Meet Heidi a 4 year old girl who encounters Jesus in her dream giving a significant prophetic word for God’s people. In this video she encourages others from a child’s perspective to be themselves by taking off their face paint. It’s time for the body of Christ to be real, remove their masks, stop pretending and be all that He made them to be!
In August I had a dream that I strongly believe is a now word for God’s people…
I had the privilege of serving king Charles (he was the king, not a prince), all the way from Bendigo to Melbourne on the train. Yes he was traveling on the good old vline rattler!
My role was to talk to him. Get to know him and do whatever he requested of me.
There was a big problem. I didn’t know him or what he liked so I did some research beforehand and discovered that he liked cheese and biscuits. But what sort I had no idea. Would tasty cheese do the job and did he have poppy seeds on his savoys? One thing I knew, I was not going to use any Aussie slang or seem like a farmers daughter. No. I would act proper and show etiquette.
So the whole trip I tried to spark up a conversation with the king but without knowing him it was awkward and non intimate. There were weird silences and I tried to please him but to no avail.
This is a message for many in the body of Christ at this time. We know of Jesus, we know about Him but we don’t know Him intimately. We can ask others what He is like and what He likes but the only way we can know Him intimately is by spending time in His presence; talking to Him, meditating on Him and reading His Word. He is The Word.
Don’t just listen to what others are saying about Him, know Him for yourself. And be yourself! Don’t try acting like you think a Christian should behave to fit in. No, be yourself, (who He created you to be) and remove your mask.
Maybe the King wants to meet a simple Aussie farmers daughter and maybe He wants to meet you, the real you.
Watch this space to discover how God has since confirmed this message through another dream. But wait until you see who it came to.
Isn’t it interesting that often when you are just about to enter your promised land and make headway, up pops someone or something to discourage you?
Numbers 32:6-9 NLT
‘“Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. “Why do you want to discourage the rest of the people of Israel from going across to the land the Lord has given them? Your ancestors did the same thing when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land. After they went up to the valley of Eshcol and explored the land, they discouraged the people of Israel from entering the land the Lord was giving them.’
The Israelites were going across to the land God had shown them, but the tribes of Reuben and Gad decided they didn’t want to cross over into the land. They were content to settle right where they were with their many flocks and possessions. This seemed to Moses to be a repeat of the evil report brought on by the ten spies almost forty years prior, although their reasons for staying out were much more sincere.
Don’t be surprised if there are some people who are not coming on board with you or encouraging you in the promises God has for you. God may be sending these people on a different journey that doesn’t totally coincide with yours. That’s ok.
Sometimes you may even encounter people like the ten spies who completely oppose you by coming up against your vision as Joshua and Caleb endured.
God will still remain true to His promises for those who obey and are faithful to the end. Keep going forward and brush off discouragement from your life and soon you will enter the place God has vowed to give you. It’s your inheritance.
He has heard your prayers and seen your tears. He understands the magnitude of your situation but it’s time to face the wall.
Isaiah 38:1-5 NLT
‘About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.’”
When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord: “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city.’
There was something significant about Hezekiah facing the wall the moment he heard the unsettling news. His immediate humble response moved God to restore his health. In hearing Hezekiah’s prayer, God not only added fifteen years to his life but saved his whole city.
By ‘facing the wall’ in our own lives we are creating a posture of humility and desperation. We block out all distractions that our physical eyes can see and enter into our own space with Him. Some may call it ‘entering our prayer closet’ or ‘secret place’.
God is calling us to take our positions facing the wall for our children’s faith, that friend with a cancer diagnosis, our spouse’s work for the Lord, personal provision, the drought stricken land and the salvation of our city.
So don’t despair if there has been a deathly diagnosis spoken over your life or you find yourself in a crisis in a particular area. Just turn toward the wall in the spirit and see these situations recover.