As many of you know, each year around December, we make a point of seeking the Lord through prayer regarding what He is doing for the upcoming year. What we receive in prayer is published as "Impressions" for that year. As the Lord speaks more concerning things, additional "impressions" are added. This is the first such publication for the new year 1999.
We use the word "impression" to adequately describe what we receive, namely "impressions" on our mind and spirit that we believe comes from the Holy Spirit. This is commonly referred to as "dark speech":
"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known." 1 Cor. 13:9-12 NASB
When moving or receiving things "prophetically", we many times only receive a "part", a "piece of the puzzle", not the complete picture. Consequently, it is extremely important not to believe that we have ever received all of what God is speaking, or we risk falling into delusion, becoming useless. What we received last month, as I'll detail further in this message, is only a "part" of what God is doing and a "piece" of any overall message to the Body of Christ. Furthermore, any word or "prophecy" should be taken under consideration and prayerfully, allowing God to speak directly to your heart as to how this may apply to your life, if at all. That said, here is what we received when praying for the new year:
Firstly, I was given an image of a man reaching into his back pocket and removing a wallet. He opened his wallet to remove what looked like a one dollar bill (I could not see an exact number on the bill, but it looked like the typical U.S. style dollar bill and it's design was familiar to me). After removing the dollar from his wallet, he proceeded to put the dollar on the ground or floor. I watched as the dollar grew to an extremely large size and the man began to bow down and worship it.
Secondly, I saw a young woman in front of the mirror, brushing her hair, grooming herself, in preparation for a wedding. I believe she was a bride, some time before her wedding, preparing for the event.
After pondering the images (like a daydream), I asked the Lord to explain what the image meant. I understood the man worshipping the dollar or money as a change in the heart of man, whereby money has become the most important thing in life. I wasn't surprised by this, as I felt this has been this way for years. As I asked the Lord what the big deal was, He explained that the difference was in the acquisition as opposed to the use of money. Previously, man has acquired money to purchase other things. The main purpose of obtaining money was to acquire things or food. Money was a tool to be used to get something else of value. However, at this time, the heart of man has shifted from obtaining money to use for other things to acquiring money for the purpose of having it. The value has changed to acquiring the most money. This understanding lead me to the following scripture:
"For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang." 1 Timothy 6:10 NASB
The danger here is allowing our hearts to love money and "longing for it", rather than understanding that it is to be used for a purpose:
"In the wilderness, He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth'. But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God, and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you shall surely perish." Deut. 8:16-19 NASB
To the degree that we forget the promise and curse of this passage, our ability to earn and living and "make wealth" will be affected in the upcoming year. We must keep before our eyes and hearts the reason of the promise, "that He may confirm His covenant" and establish the kingdom of God. Any other reason will cause us to perish.
In regard to the woman grooming herself, I believe this is in regard to the preparation of the Bride of Christ. The nation of Israel is consider the wife of Jehovah, while the "church" is considered the betrothed Bride of Christ. I'm convinced the image refers to the need for the Bride to prepare herself for the "wedding supper of the Lamb".
I won't take time in the message to go into this now, but future postings to the web
site and articles in the paper version of the newsletter will focus on "bridal
preparation" and scriptural exhortations to be prepared. Future articles will examine
the parable of the "10 virgins", Queen Esther, Ruth and Boaz, Rebekah and Issac
and other passages in the New Testament.
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