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Monday, June 10, 2019

"How to Deal with the Attacks Coming Against You" - Madeline James The Elijah List

"How to Deal with the Attacks Coming Against You"


Madeline James The Elijah List
Jun 10, 2019
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This is a sobering but very necessary word that we need to hear right now.
I know some of you have gone through attack after attack, and wondered, "What is this all about?"
Well you're going to get some powerful insight from Madeline James as she shares this about dealing with attacks:
It's important to stay close to the fire, glory, and presence of God because it reveals pythons and vipers that try to hide, and lie in wait to attack. You don't have to fear the attack. The attack will come, but like Paul, shake it back into the fire for the Lord to deal with. You may have people watching and waiting for you to drop, but your life is going to be testimony of God's goodness and power. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you shall be put down (Isaiah 54:17). The very thing that's come against you is going to become the meal to your next!
Be vigilant and stay on alert. God's got this and you can stand in any attack coming against you. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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I had a recent dream that caught my attention and gave insight and revelation to what many have been dealing with in this season in the Body of Christ. Dreams, visions and revelations are the language of Heaven. The more we have a grid for the revelatory realm, the more we can understand the things of the spirit and inhabit the realms of the spirit. Many are in a season of transition, movement and promotion, but have been experiencing great warfare.
Over the last couple weeks I began to have a series of dreams where accusations were being made against me. I was being chased by the demonic, and I felt unusually drained. I began to inquire of the Lord as to what was going on, because this was abnormal.
A Snake on a Plane
I had a dream last week where I was on a plane with a known apostle, on the way to somewhere. (Planes represent going to higher realms in the spirit.) On the plane we were served dinner. I took the cover off of my food, and immediately noticed there was a dead snake in my salad. The apostle leaned over and asked if I liked snake. I replied, "No, I don't like snake, nor do I have a taste for it." He then began to tell me there is a way to deal with snakes. The apostle told me, "You have to take the snake and you have to bite the head off first."
In the dream it was exaggerated, and he actually ended up eating half of the snake in one bite. When he was done, he told me this is how its done in the apostolic, you have to take the head off and eat it; the attacks can become your meal and nourishment.
What is a Python Spirit?
I didn't realize I was dealing with a python spirit until this dream. I believe many of you have been dealing with this spirit as the Lord has been promoting you and enlarging you in this season. The python spirit comes to constrict and choke out the prophetic breath in you. (Photo via Madeline James)
In Acts 16, when Paul and Silas were on their way to pray, they met a slave girl who was a diviner, and they encountered the python spirit. The Greek word for divination here is "puthón," which means "python" (Acts 16:16 KJV). She began to boast that Paul and Silas were men of God, there to tell the town about how they could be saved. What she was saying was right, but it irritated Paul's spirit. It irritated his spirit because that spirit was mocking them.
The python spirit is a counterfeit to the prophetic. We see this in the Old Testament as well. In Exodus 8, Moses and Aaron had a showdown of power with Pharaoh and his diviners. The Lord caused Aaron's staff to turn into a serpent. Pharaoh commanded his diviners to do the same. Their staffs turned into serpents but Aaron's staff swallowed up the diviners' staffs. There is no substitute for God's power. The enemy may try to mimic the power of God, but God's power will swallow it up every time.
The python comes to control regions and choke out the prophetic voice. In Acts 16 the slave girl and her owners had the whole city bought, and it prohibited the spirit of God from truly moving in their city. It was a false form of religion. When Paul cast the python spirit out of the slave girl it caused an uproar in the town, because the python spirit had been dethroned. It caused the people to come against them with false accusations, and they were imprisoned. The people tried to stop what God was doing.
Can't You Talk Louder, God?
Different Ways the Python Spirit Constricts You
The python spirit comes to constrict you in multiple ways. A lot of times we don't even realize we're dealing with a python spirit. In the natural, a snake will slowly began to wrap itself around a person or thing without much alarm, until it's too late and you can't get out of its grip. When it has you right where it wants you, it goes in for the kill. Just like in the natural, the python is very strategic in its attack. When you feel stifled and constricted in the spirit, it's a sign of the python spirit attacking you.
I really feel that the python spirit has been constricting your mind in this season, and even using people around you to keep you in a place of constriction because of their words. When the python spirit limits your thoughts, you're not able to think God thoughts, or receive where God is trying to take you. Proverbs 23:7(TPT) says, "For as he thinks within himself, so is he...." Our thoughts and what we think about ourselves play out in our behaviors.
How to Cut off the Snake's Head
The enemy will also use people to constrict you by releasing word curses, accusations, and lies. Sometimes people can't celebrate what God is doing in your life, and because they have open doors the enemy will come in and use them against you. Remember, our fight is not against flesh and blood but in the spirit (Ephesians 6:12). You win the battle when you take it up in the spirit.
To defeat the lies, accusations, and curses, you must release the Word of God. The truth of God's Word will break the power of the lies and accusations. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Take the sword of the Spirit and sever the the head of that python or serpent coming against you. When you sever the head, it has no longer has power.
Another way to defeat the python and serpent spirits is to stay close to the fire of God. We see this in Acts 28. Paul arrives on the island of Malta and starts a fire. As he adds more wood to the fire, a viper, that can't take the heat of the fire, comes out and bites Paul on the hand. Then he shakes it off back into the fire, killing it. The people who witnessed this are waiting for him to die because of the deadly venom, but Paul is fine, and the people end up revering him because he survives. (Photo via Pixabay)
It's important to stay close to the fire, glory, and presence of God because it reveals pythons and vipers that try to hide, and lie in wait to attack. You don't have to fear the attack. The attack will come, but like Paul, shake it back into the fire for the Lord to deal with. You may have people watching and waiting for you to drop, but your life is going to be testimony of God's goodness and power. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you shall be put down (Isaiah 54:17). The very thing that's come against you is going to become the meal to your next!
I prophesy and declare over you that every accusation and slanderous tongue which has come against you is being brought down. I take the sword of the Spirit and sever the head of the python. I speak the breath of God to be loosed over you and in you. Where the enemy has tried to constrict you, to bind you, it's being broken in Jesus name! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Madeline James
Madeline James Ministry

Email: nabispen@gmail.com
Website: www.nabispen.com
Madeline James is an emerging prophetic writer and voice who desires to release the heart of the Father, and be a tuning fork for the Body of Christ. She operates in the seer and revelatory realm. Her heart is to release revelation and wisdom that will help propel and push the Body of Christ forward. Madeline is the author of Rooted In Love, Declaring Your Morning, co-author of Emerge, and the blogger of the prophetic blog Nabi's Pen. She resides in Lexington, KY. with her husband Richie and their two daughters.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Jesse Shamp: "Characteristics of the Emerging Elijah Company" - The Elijah List

Jesse Shamp: "Characteristics of the Emerging Elijah Company"


The Elijah List Mar 6, 2019

Steve ShultzFrom the desk of Steve Shultz:
I highly revere and respect this young, power couple Jesse and Amy Shamp. We interviewed them on our new Elijah Streams TV show last year, and if you missed watching it, you can watch right here.
In this new article, Jesse Shamp writes a NOW prophetic word about this emerging generation and says:
I want to talk about what God is doing in the earth, because God is looking to raise up a company of prophets and a company of miracle workers! Will you be one of them? We so often see just a handful out of every generation. Yet, God is looking to anoint many. Not just a few, but a generation. I'm part of this generation and so are you! Below are the characteristics of this new breed God is raising up.
Now that's good! Will you be one of them who is emerging in this generation? (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Dream of an Emerging Generation
I want to share prophetically about the heart of the Father for this hour!
I asked the Lord recently, "What is Your heart in this hour and what is it that You're asking of me?" That night, the Lord gave me a dream. In the dream, my wife Amy and I were sitting on a stage in front of a large audience. There was a general of the faith and spiritual father standing behind me with a microphone and he asked me, in front of this audience, "How many men or women have raised up twelve others under their mantle?" I started to think about it, but before I could answer, he stopped me and asked, "How many men or women have raised up a generation under their mantle?" Then he looked at me and said, "That's what you're called to do: to raise up a generation!" Then he came to my side and laid his hands on me, and it felt like hot honey was pouring into my spirit!
I woke up from this dream overwhelmed by God's presence. I remember thinking, "The impartation in this dream was real!" I knew that this wasn't just for me, but a call to the Body of Christ in this hour. In this dream, I could tangibly feel the Lord's heart for this generation. He is longing for sons and daughter to step into their destinies and callings! God is not looking just to raise up new voices and ministries, but the Lord is looking to raise up the Body of Christ, the army of God, to usher in a great harvest of souls!
"Not all intercessors are prophets, but all prophets should have the heart of an intercessor."
We have seen great ministries and great miracle workers in the past and in the present, but what would it look like to see a generation of people moving in the power of God like none other?
Some may say this generation is too backslidden—too far gone. Let me encourage you not to simply look at this generation with the natural eye. God's vision is always so much greater, much more far-reaching than our own. We serve a miraculous God! His eye is upon this generation, just as His eye is upon the sparrow (Matthew 10:29-31). The sparrow may seem insignificant to some, but not to the Father!
We have seen many prophets and miracle workers "graduate on" to be with the Lord. When generals graduate on, God longs to raise up fresh voices and mantles to carry on the work of the Kingdom.
The Word of God says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15). The word "precious" means costly. The blood of God's servants is costly to Him!
Every time a soldier or a general dies on the battlefield, it is costly. We have seen the passing of so many great generals. It is upon the heart and mind of the Father to raise up others and release new mantles and anointings! God is giving fathers and mothers of the faith a heavenly mandate...an assignment to raise up this new breed!
I want to talk about what God is doing in the earth, because God is looking to raise up a company of prophets and a company of miracle workers! Will you be one of them? We so often see just a handful out of every generation. Yet, God is looking to anoint many. Not just a few, but a generation. I'm part of this generation and so are you! Below are the characteristics of this new breed God is raising up.
1. Miracle Workers with the Mantle of Miracles
The Lord told me they are miracle workers, with the mantle of miracles!
I want to give you a picture of what this new prophetic company will look like. This is what God is doing with this generation: He is raising up miracle-working prophets! What will these prophets look like? They will look like Jesus! Let's remember that Jesus was a miracle worker. It was Jesus, at the age of thirty, who so boldly stated:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV)
I want you to first understand that during the time that Jesus was baptized by the Holy Spirit, He came out of the wilderness and He began to publicly declare His ministry! Jesus proclaims His ministry, and He then goes on to compare Himself and His ministry to that of Elijah and Elisha, two prophets of the Old Testament.
"Then He said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.'" (Luke 4:24-27 NKJV)
Jesus compares His ministry to that of these two great prophets of the Old Testament. Note that they were both miracle-working prophets!
What we will see in the coming years is an emerging generation of miracle-working prophets. They will not just be those who proclaim, but they will be those who carry the substance and evidence of Christ's power through the mantle of healing and miracles.
There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, but he was only sent to one! Can you imagine how many widows were in Israel during the famine? Likewise, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha, yet, he was only sent to one. (Photo via Pixabay)
Jesus so boldly stated that "no prophet is accepted in his own country." What Jesus was saying is, "You are only sent to those that recognize that you are sent!"
Many did not recognize the mantle of miracles that rested upon Elijah and Elisha. Yet, those that did, received a blessing. It's time that we begin to look and recognize the mantle of the prophet in this generation. We must begin to recognize those who God has sent to us!
This emerging generation, this prophetic company, will usher in the new move of God and restore the nation of America. They will be those who will shake the earth with the rod of their mouths!
2. The Pioneers
The Lord told me that they are pioneers.
Many failed to see what Jesus was carrying because it was so out of everyone's box and was foreign to them! Those who God will raise up may look different than what we have seen in the past. They are called to raise the standard. It is a breaker anointing that they carry and others will partake of the fruit that this anointing brings.
Smith Wigglesworth and John G. Lake were both pioneers of their day; many are still partaking of the fruit of their ministries! God is releasing divine assignments for those who will be planted in nations and specific regions to sow seeds of revival, take territory, and to break new ground for the Kingdom of God!
Can't You Talk Louder, God?
3. Those Who Declare the Heart of the Father
The Lord told me: "They Declare the heart of the Father!"
The Lord brought the prophet Ezekiel into a vision; it was a prophetic encounter.
"The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' So I answered, 'O Lord God, you know.' Again He said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, "O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surly I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.'"'
"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
"God is looking to raise up a company of prophets and a company of miracle workers! Will you be one of them?"
"Also He said to me, 'Prophecy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, "Thus says the Lord God: 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breath on these slain, that they may live.'"' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army."(Ezekiel 37:1-10 NKJV)
Prophets like Ezekiel are often misunderstood people, because they often see what others don't see. They are visionaries. The Bible says that we prophesy according to our faith (Romans 12:6). Could our faith match Ezekiel's? Could we believe for God to raise up an army with the same faith and anointing?
The valley of dry bones could easily, in some ways, be compared to the state of the Church in this hour. We need those who will prophesy strength, courage, and power into the Body of Christ! This army of the Lord will be raised up, but we are in need of those who prophesy and speak forth those things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17). This is how God speaks to us, His Body.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven" (Mathew 6:10). That is the central focus of the prophetic: to see restoration in all things!
Some may say "How can God use the Church in the state that it's in?" I'm here to tell you that God doesn't have another generation to use! He doesn't have another Church! It is this Body, it's this generation, it's this army that He has chosen to use.
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9)
In the midst of a famine, the prophet Elijah saw the will of God to release rain. Can you imagine Elijah? He bent to his knees, wrapped himself in his mantle, and began to put his hands between his knees to intercede! He was interceding for the nation. In 1 Kings 18:44 (emphasis mine), Elijah's servant said to him, "I see a cloud the size of a man's hand rising from the sea!" Elijah had heard the sound of an abundance of rain (1 Kings 18:41) and then, it started to rain (1 Kings 18:45)!
What Elijah saw in his spirit, he began to call forth and prophesy. It was his intercession that brought the nation of Israel out of a famine. God used this prophet to restore a nation back to God!
Where are the prophets like Elijah today? Where are those who are willing to get on their knees and intercede? God is looking for those with the same spirit, the same heart as some of these prophets.
4. Those with the Heart of Daniel
The Lord told me: "They have the heart of Daniel. They have the heart of an intercessor!"
"But if they are prophets, and if the Word of the Lord is with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts." (Jeremiah 27:18 NKJV)
Not all intercessors are prophets, but all prophets should have the heart of an intercessor. There is something about seeds of prayer and intercession that break things open in the spirit!
(Photo via Pixabay)
As I was in prayer, the Lord told me, "I'm looking for prophets like Daniel. Those with the heart of an intercessor." God is looking for those with the heart of Daniel, those who will be moved with the Spirit of intercession and whose prayers will cause God's glory to touch a nation!
It was Daniel's faithfulness to God in stewarding intercession, that caused him to stand in the gate of the king (Daniel 2:49).
I was also reminded of a man by the name of Daniel Nash. He wasn't a prophet, but he was a powerful intercessor. He was sent by God to accompany Charles Finney to co-labor with him with his ministry of revival. He would go to the town Finney was scheduled to preach in, and he would pray, fast, and travail. He would sow seeds of intercession in the ground! He was never in the spotlight, but his reward was the fruit that came from Finney's revivals. Countless souls came to the Lord through Charles Finney's ministry. They were an unstoppable team! The Church is in need of revivalists and prayer teams geared toward intercession.
Please hear me my friends, America needs our intersession today for the power of God to fill our Churches, for the lost to fill the altars, for awakening in this hour! Let us pray, let us press in for the destiny of this nation and nations around the world! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jesse Shamp
Kingdom Culture International 

Email: click hereWebsite: www.kingdomcultureinternational.com
Jesse and Amy Shamp are a powerful evangelism team based in Nashville, Tennessee, and are the founders of Spirit Word Ministries International. Their mission is to edify and equip the Body of Christ for the work of the ministry. Signs, wonders, and miracles follow their ministry, and they often receive powerful prophetic dreams from God for the Church. They are committed to crusade evangelism and are passionate about bringing in a harvest in the nations.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"The Lord Says, 'I Am Not Finished with You Yet!'" Elaine Tavolacci, The Elijah List


"The Lord Says, 'I Am Not Finished with You Yet!'" 
Elaine Tavolacci, The Elijah List


February 17, 2019

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzThis short word from Elaine Tavolacci is a must read...and I think it's really important information about hearing God's voice.

Remember this...God's voice will bring peace and confirmation in your life.

Elaine shares here:

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are listening to the voice of the enemy and it is bringing fear and torment into your life. There are numerous voices in the world that vie for your attention throughout the day. They come in mere thoughts and images in your mind. They come with enticement and temptations. Jesus will never lead you in the wrong direction. The Holy Spirit is your Comforter. Jesus has plans for you. He is not finished with you yet.

Bottom line: Listen to the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit....AND God is not done with you yet! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"The Lord Says, 'I Am Not Finished with You Yet!'"
Elaine Tavolacci, Staten Island, NY


The Lord has given me several dreams in the past few weeks. A few nights ago, I dreamt of a prominent minister who many of you are familiar with. In this dream, I was watching him on an old black and white TV. As he was standing at the edge of the platform he had a word of knowledge. A lady quickly walked across the stage toward him. He yelled to her, "Get out of here!" She walked over to him and pushed him backward off the stage. I then lost reception on the TV. I was wondering if the program was live. I scrolled through the channels but just got static and was not able to tune the picture back in.

We Have His Authority to Overcome and Overthrow

As soon as I woke up and recorded the dream, I received the interpretation. I knew that this woman represented the spirit of Jezebel and the dream had a lot of spiritual significance. In this dream, she didn't kill the minister but she tried to push him off his platform.

The Lord is showing me that the enemy has been trying to push many of you out of your position of authority. He is showing me an airplane that hasn't left the ground. Airplanes are meant to fly, not roll on a runway. You have a calling on your life but can't seem to get off the ground. The Holy Spirit wants to take you into new levels and new heights of what you have been called to do.

"...casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..." (2 Corinthians 10:5)

That afternoon when I thought about this dream, I remembered something that I experienced a couple of years ago when I was very sick. I heard (not literally) a voice from the kingdom of darkness saying, "I am not finished with you yet."

I remember thinking about this for a few seconds but then the presence of God flooded my body and the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a still small voice, saying, "I am not finished with you yet." He confirmed this word with the Scripture Jeremiah 29:11. I knew this was Jesus.

His voice was gentle but strong. It was not demanding or forceful but filled with love and compassion.

"...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 1:6)

I Am Not Finished With You Yet

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are listening to the voice of the enemy and it is bringing fear and torment into your life. 

There are numerous voices in the world that vie for your attention throughout the day. They come in mere thoughts and images in your mind. They come with enticement and temptations. Jesus will never lead you in the wrong direction. The Holy Spirit is your comforter. Jesus has plans for you. He is not finished with you yet.
The Lord says, "Don't submit to the voices that bring defeat and confusion, but listen for the voice of truth. I have given you ears to hear and I speak with clarity. My voice will bring peace and it will carry My presence. It will always glorify Jesus for who He is and what He has done for you. It will release healing and it will bring favor. Don't allow your emotions to become entangled with thoughts of failure and defeat but allow Me to release My presence into every situation.
"You were once in the kingdom of darkness but now you are the light of the world. The enemy had trained you to fight well when you were in his camp, but now is the time to take those same spiritual weapons of warfare and use them against him. I have given you authority over powers, principalities, rulers of darkness and wicked spirits in heavenly places. I have put My Word in your mouth and have given you dominion to decree and declare what is rightfully yours. Your words have authority to call things into existence and transform atmospheres. The powers of darkness will have to obey and submit as you speak My Word.
"Do not submit to the lies of the enemy about your future. I am your healer, I am your provider, I am your deliverer, I am the God of your destiny and I am with you in the fire of affliction. Rejoice at all times and know that all that I have promised to you will come to pass. When the voices of darkness try to rise up against you in fear, intimidation and accusation, know that your victory is assured. I will watch over My Word to perform it and I will complete the work that I have began in you," says the Lord.
"He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Elaine Tavolacci
A Word in Season


Email: Elaine@awordinseason.info
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Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, "A Word in Season," has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Christopher Wants A Baby; Catherine Wants A Cookie - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Christopher Wants A Baby;
Catherine Wants A Cookie

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” 
(Psalms 37:4, NKJV)


“Christopher wants a baby; Catherine wants a cookie.”

Have you ever dreamed of such a thing? Weird, huh? But I have, and I still am not sure what exactly it means, if in only partiality. I can speculate and then draw my own conclusion – the man wants one thing while the woman in the relationship wants another. Happens all the time, right?

Really, I did dream this recently, and have been asking the Lord what it is supposed to convey. I know there are multiple times when two people may want different things, as even a man and a woman in marriage do. The one’s desire may seem lofty and admirable, while the other’s may seem trivial. Our concepts and perceptions certainly do not always agree in relationships, and yet we are called to pursue love and understanding in them.

When I consider this dream I would almost think that it is backwards – that Catherine would be the one who wants a baby, granting her a God-given desire for motherhood, while Christopher, where in today’s society considers men to be weak, babyish, selfish and egotistical, would be content with just having a cookie. His choice would not be a life-long commitment to raising a child as unto the Lord, but to have a cookie in place of it, with more selfish desires that follow. Kind of like being satisfied with getting a bowl of soup when one is hungry in exchange for giving your natural birthright away.

Sounds like Jacob and Esau.

“When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, " First sell me your birthright." Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" And Jacob said, " First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” (Genesis 25:29-34, NASU)

But let’s just for a moment give this guy in the dream, Christopher, a little slack, and believe he really wants to be responsible man, raise a family, and lead both wife and child(ren) into the ways of the Lord. Let’s also give it a real possibility that there are indeed other men out there who are wanting to do the same. (I personally know of two close to me, right now, who would love to have a wife, desiring both of them to then live for the Lord in marriage. It has been a real struggle for them as they wait on the Lord, for a woman to come along who also desires this type of relationship, and not one who would just be content with having a “cookie”.)

Before our society totally loses it, when it comes to a man and woman being solidly joined together in a godly marriage, giving of each other to each other, and then bringing forth children to care for and raising up to bless the Lord and their parents, my prayer is that the “Christophers” out there, who desire to have a scared relationship, are indeed given that opportunity in finding a “Catherine” who too desires more than a “cookie”, and is willing to also lay her life down in order to realize the blessing the Lord still grants upon the union of one man and one wife, living for Him and His purposes.

My dream may not be so weird after all.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,
  
Steve Martin
Founder/President
Love For His People, Inc.


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Now Think On This #345 - in the year of our Lord 04.03.18 – “Christopher Wants A Baby; Catherine Wants A Cookie”, Tuesday, 11:00 am