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The Bank of Forgiveness

In as few of my own words as I possibly can share I want to say the Lord impressed upon my mind a word He gave me serval years ago, which at the time ministered directly to my heart. It came to me through a vision, regarding forgiveness.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.
Pslams 103:8

Vision:

I was standing on the grass near a river. I was holding a small cup in my hands. I was aware that the inside of this cup held my sins. I was prepared to give my sins to the Lord. I heard a voice not spoken aloud but rather an inward voice spoken to my heart with the understanding it was divine knowledge. I heard the words, “it is time”

I began to approach the bank of the river, my feet perfectly aligned with the edge. As I held this cup in my hand, I slowly leaned forward and looked to my left and then to my right down the river bank and as I did, I could see countless people lined up in the same fashion as I, as far as my eye could see, as well as across the river.

The river was the blood of Jesus it was flowing in a steady current down stream…again, no noise or voice was heard out loud; but we each were made aware of the same divine understanding, “it was time.”

It was time to pour out our sins into the river. As I began to pour out my sins from the cup into the river- I noticed each of my sins became the letters that spelled my sin as they were being poured out. As each letter hit the “bloods river” it began to dissolve like ink. Then I saw the ink stained letters mix together with the other saints sins that were being poured out too. Suddenly, the blood current swiftly rolled over the ink stained sins and removed them down the rivers stream, to be seen no more, forgotten forever.

The second time the Lord gave me this vision it was the same as above with the exception of the cup. In this cup, He asked me to fill it with the offenses I had received. I remember feeling somewhat shameful as I made my list but more so that I allowed the offense to weigh me down.

Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, and it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment] Proverbs 19:11

Pray:
In your own words, pray through your own sins and any offenses; give them to your Heavenly Father. He knows you the best and loves you the most!

2 Corinthians 7:10 Message Bible

Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God, are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Dreams. It shall be.

Job 33:15

In a dream, a vision of the night [one may hear God’s voice], When deep sleep falls on men while slumbering upon the bed.

I recently had a dream. When I was awakened I knew instantly it was from the Lord. You see, at times but not always, the Lord speaks to me in dreams in the same manner in which He speaks to me when I am awake. Let me explain: the Lord often speaks to me through the gifts He’s so graciously bestowed upon me -two of which are words of wisdom and words of knowledge. In my dream, I was inquiring of the Lord regarding two caution points that didn’t make sense in my mind and they left my spirit unsettled. After asking the Lord in the dream, He replied and answered, revealing a word of knowledge for each caution point.

When I have these types of dreams and especially if I am awakened from this type of dream, I know it is from the Lord and is about a current day issue. Rather, I should say, I have come to learn this is how He speaks to me in dreams. Certainly, I have other dreams too, some are bizarre pizza dreams, I’ve had instruction dreams, comfort dreams, some are imparting assurance He is with me, at times warning dreams, prophetic dreams often with symbolic meaning that have led to intercession, and even angelic dreams.

How about you: have you had any dreams lately? How is the Lord speaking to you?

Let’s look at few scriptures regarding dreams and learn how the Lord has spoken in dreams to those who have gone before us.

  • God said in a dream [Gen 20:6] God came in a dream to Abimelech [Gen 20:3]
  • God also came in a dream by night to Laban [Gen 30:24] The Angel of God said to me in a dream, Jacob and I said, “Here am I?” [Gen 31:11]
  • Now Joseph dreamed a dream. [Gen 37:5,6]
  • Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. [Gen 41:1]
  • At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” [1Kings 3:5]
  • The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD. [Jer 23:28]
  • I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. [Dan. 4:5]
  • Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. [Matt. 2:12]

Finally, when we read in the book of Acts we see that the Lord not only desires to give dreams but that He desires to continue to speak in our dreams. Perhaps even tonight, to you, friend.

Acts 2:17

‘And it shall be in the last days,’ says God,

‘That I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind;

And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

And your young men shall see [divinely prompted] visions,

And your old men shall dream [divinely prompted] dreams;

When I was awakened from the dream, immediately I shared it with John, my husband. We prayed together regarding the dream as well as for our family about the word of knowledge that the Lord revealed, in the dream.

I had an unction in this dream that I was to share it with a specific person because of how they serve and minister to the Lord, noting to them to be on guard as the enemy can be subtle in his schemes. As the Lord in his grace would have it, I ran into this person that same day. I shared the dream simply out of sheer obedience explaining the word of knowledge over the two caution points, and beyond my human understanding the dream was confirmed. We were able to pray together, possibly sparring our dear friend from the schemes of the adversary, I believe. Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. [2 Corth. 2:14]

I share this dream not to draw attention to myself but to reveal the heart of the Father through the presence of the Holy Spirit as we co-labor in all things unto Him. For the Father is all knowing and full of grace and truth. [John 1:14; John 12:49,50]

As we embark on learning that He is the one initiating, lavishing His love, and supplying an answer to our requests through dreams, we too can relate our dreams to hearing from the voice of God as we have read in the scriptures above. What we are truly learning is to respond to His voice as we search the matter out.

Proverbs. 25:2 says, It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Psalms 44:21 Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

With that said, I’d like to touch on a few practical tips and key principals.

  • Write your dreams down.
  • Ask the Lord to illuminate light and truth. Many times as I am writing a dream out the Lord begins to enlighten me with the interpretation as well as bring scriptures to mind; you want to capture that on paper!
  • Use dates.
  • Draw pictures or symbols if you can’t find the right words for what you’ve seen in your dream.
  • Almost all dreams that are from the Lord are going to be dreams with a message for you such as encouragement, instruction, comfort, and impartation.
  • Almost all dreams are symbolic – a night parable, one might say.

Once when traveling out of town we stayed the night at a friend’s home and that evening the Lord gave me a dream for my friend. It highlighted the word, Ode. I had no idea of the meaning or ever recall seeing that word before. I looked it up using the Webster’s and Wikipedia and it proved to hit a love cord for her, the one it was intended for. I share that to say, the Lord is not trying to make it complicated nor should we. John 10:27 The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.

Fear is NOT of the Lord. If you are experiencing fearful dreams I would suggest either you are simply processing your own fears or anxieties through your dreams. Clue in on the subject matter of your dream and if you sincerely feel the same way during your awake hours, it’s likely revealing a fear. The other possibility is it could be a demonic attack in the night. Please know, above all, the enemy is a coward. That is one reason he attempts to come at night. You have been given power in the Name of Jesus to resist and rebuke your enemy, and as you do, it will lead you to gain peace.

Lastly, the Word of God is our source of truth and life that which supplies our spiritual nourishment. If the Lord is to convey a message in our dreams it will likely be confirmed alongside of His Word. If you want to hear from God we have 66 Books in the Bible. There you will learn the language of Heaven to earth.

Let us keep looking unto to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Heb.12: 2

In His watchful care ~

Debbie 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

 

Divine Promises

Promise
As we prepare to celebrate Easter it wouldn’t be fitting if we didn’t first recount the events that took place in the life of Jesus individually and at our place of worship during what is known as Passion Week, the time from His triumphal entry to resurrection. Jesus spent most of his time in Bethany, just two miles east of Jerusalem on the opposite slope of the Mount of Olives. He probably stayed at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus spent Thursday night praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Friday and Saturday nights Jesus’ body lay in the garden tomb. [Billye Brim describes the third day from her book The Blood and the Glory.]
The third day, our Lord Jesus arose- triumphant over death, hell and the grave-and carried His own precious blood into the Heavenly Holy of Holies where it was accepted for you, me, our families and generations to come.

The precious blood of Christ- 1 Peter 1:19

Hebrews 6: 9-12

But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 Let’s consider a few redeeming lives of those who have gone before us, and their maturing attributes, as they trusted in that which Christ had promised:

Thomas may have doubted until Jesus revealed himself, but he didn’t allow the doubt to remain. He matured through his belief while stating, “My Lord and my God!” Selah. [John 20:26-29 you are blessed for believing yet having not seen]

Abraham received great promises from God. Many which seemed impossible to be realized, yet Abraham trusted God with confidence and active faith. [Mature choice(s) in righteousness]

Jeremiah accused God of being unreliable [15:18]. God reminded Jeremiah of His promise to stand by him [12:5,6; 15:19,20]. Jeremiah’s questioning of God forms one of the best examples in the Bible of what it means to follow God in spite of everything. [Jeremiah matured in his depth of understanding as well as in the spiritual challenge]
Hebrews 12:2 AMP

[Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

I love how this one verse in Hebrews 12:2 starts with encouragement that enfolds us, you and I, in the assurance of Christ. The perfecting of faith is a part of our maturing. The word focus by definition is the center of interest or activity; focusing our eyes on Jesus is strategic victory for our completion [the will & purposes] as we follow a divine and supreme example.
Do you have promises from God that seem too incredible to fulfill?

Hear the integrity of His own heart in this verse.

Hebrews 6:17-18
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Isaiah 26:4 MSG – “Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.”

Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Cited Resource Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Let’s apply our diligence.

For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 AMP

 

Influences of Grace

Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 2:1
Christ has grace without measure in Himself, but He hath not retained it for Himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out His grace for His people. “Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” He seems only to have in order to dispense to us. He stands like the fountain, always flowing, but only running in order to supply the empty pitchers and the thirsty lips which draw nigh unto it. Like a tree, He bears sweet fruit, not to hang on boughs, but to be gathered by those who need.

Grace, whether its work be to pardon, to cleanse, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore, is ever to be had from Him freely and without price; nor is there one form of the work of grace which He has not bestowed upon His people. As the blood of the body, though flowing from the heart, belongs equally to every member, so the influences of grace are the inheritance of every saint united to the Lamb; and herein there is a sweet communion between Christ and His Church, inasmuch as they both receive the same grace. Christ is the head upon which the oil is first poured; but the same oil runs to the very skirts of the garments, so that the meanest saint has an unction of the same costly moisture as that which fell upon the head.

This is true communion when the sap of grace flows from the stem to the branch, and when it is perceived that the stem itself is sustained by the very nourishment which feeds the branch. As we day by day receive grace from Jesus, and more constantly recognize it as coming from Him, we shall behold Him in communion with us, and enjoy the felicity of communion with Him. Let us make daily use of our riches, and ever repair to Him as to our own Lord in covenant, taking from Him the supply of all we need with as much boldness as men take money from their own purse.

By: Charles Spurgeon

Deborah Somjak 4 Unfolded Hearts

Pray for Peace

Pray for Peace

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”
Psalm 122:6

Recommended Reading
Galatians 3:7-9
Three times each year the men of Israel journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate three feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:16; Acts 2:1, 9-11). Most scholars believe the fifteen “Songs of Ascents”—Psalms 120–134—were sung by the pilgrims as they ascended to Jerusalem. Psalm 122 exhorts the faithful in Israel to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Jerusalem was the heart of Israel—the site of the temple, the center of Jewish worship. All the descendants of Abraham knew that Jerusalem, the place where God dwelt, was God’s city of peace.
Should we continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem today? For a host of reasons, yes! Perhaps the best reason is the same reason the ancient Israelites prayed for Jerusalem: They were descendants of Israel bound by the covenants of God to His holy city. The New Testament teaches that those who have faith in God’s salvation plans, whether Jew or Gentile, “are sons of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). Jerusalem, the most embattled city on earth, is still very much in God’s plans.

Pray for the peace of God’s city and God’s chosen people who remain “the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8).

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!
Babylonian exiles, Psalm 137:5

By: Dr. David Jeremiah

Deborah 4 Unfolded Hearts

What Great Love!

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.'” The Lord’s love is everlasting. In 1 John 4:7 we read, “God is love.” We cannot separate the two. Therefore, before creation was spoken into existence, love was present. Before it was know or seen, His love existed. Even before you or I existed, His love was present, and directed with regard concerning each of us. Matthew 18:20 says, “Whenever two or three are gathering in his name, he is in the midst of them.” He is in the midst of us, even now, friends. Hebrews 13:3 declares. “I will never leave you or forsake you” His love will forever remain; He has willed and continues to love you with His everlasting love. Selah, pause.

His heart yearns to be ministered to by our love. In all of His creation, we are the only creatures who can express our love back to Him.

Action: Take the time today and express your gratitude to God for the love He has lavished upon you!

John 3:16 ” For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten [unique] Son, so that whoever believes in [trust in, clings to, relies on] Him shall not perish [come to destruction, be lost] but have eternal [everlasting] life.”

This passage from John indicates the relationship of the Father’s love to the work of Christ and of both to the life of believers. John, Jesus’ beloved, is the same disciple who wrote the 4th Gospel, as well as the Epistles of 1 John. The first Epistle of John relates to fellowship and faith as John was writing, looking back, giving an account of his daily fellowship with Jesus. It’s an account with a distinctive quality worth meditating on as well as to gain an understanding of love. John’s writings provide one third of the references to love in the bible.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes love as a “more excellent way” than tongues or even preaching. Wow- love above preaching. We don’t even have to leave our homes to practice the highest regard of the gospel. Paul uses the greek word “agape” to describe love in this verse meaning charity, affection, and good will. This is a sacrificial expression that is voluntary in nature, yet it becomes supreme as we weigh the price of Christ’s divine sacrifice.

When we learn more of love we learn more of God. We cannot separate the two.

Deborah Somjak 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Showing Love

Listen: set aside time daily without distractions and look eye to eye when speaking.

Communicate: (a) Don’t make another guess what you are thinking or feeling. (b) Verbally express your love (women like to hear it). (c) Shamelessly brag of her/his good qualities.

Learn to Forgive: forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel and the heart of every meaningful relationship. Past, present, and future.

Showing Respect

Honor Wishes and Take Advice: giving weight to wishes and advice shows importance and priority.

Emphasize Good Points: focus on qualities you most admire.

Don’t: Complain, interrupt, nag, argue, correct– shhhh

Learn to be: Thankful and Content.

Smile: it creates contagious happiness.

It’s Time

Now is your time as we enter afresh into 2016.

One of my continued prayers for the New Year is found in Ephesians 1:15-18
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. (emphasis added)”

I mention this verse with the emphasis on the eyes of your understanding being enlightened in order that I might share a brief illustration that I would liken to this verse.
Most of you may know I pray weekly with another intercessor, Elaine, who also happens to be one of the UHM board members. I am blessed by her prayers & faithfulness of nearly 14 years as a prayer partner. A few months ago during our weekly time in prayer, the Lord dropped a friend’s name in my heart. As I began to intercede, the Lord gave me prayers to pray and then a picture of a moon and of what I felt was a word from the Lord. A couple of days later I began to ponder the prayer out of the blue, as it just seemed to be dropped in my thoughts. I resigned it was the Holy Spirit, as it was gentle & prompting me to a call of action to share with my friend that we had been praying for her that week. This was not something I had thought about doing at the time of the prayer or at the time the thought was illuminated to me. Our friend was grateful for the prayers and accepting of the word, but didn’t initially connect it to her present day life. She said with courtesy that she would keep it in mind when with the Lord. A few days later, she called me back stating the Lord had given her a dream regarding the word I shared with her. I was amazed – and she was amazed! It’s fascinating how the Lord speaks!

1 Corinthians 13:9
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”

Since the time of the prayer, the picture of the moon seems to be repeating and pulling on my attention enough so as to draw me to search out the matter.
You may have seen on Facebook a video clip from the Weather Channel announcing this past December that it would be the first full moon on Christmas day since 1977. This won’t happen again until 2034. One report I read refers to it as rare “cosmic gift for the holidays.” The last time a full moon appeared on Christmas was 38 years ago! Certainly, this is no coincidence that the Light of World who is celebrated on Christmas Day and the alignment of the Light of Moon being at its fullest on the same day. You see, this natural occurrence is evidence in part of the very word the Lord spoke during the time I was praying for my friend. A portion of that word given included that the Light of the Moon would be bright enough to lead you even in the darkness. In hindsight, I wish I would have written the word down as soon as I had an opportunity to do so (I’m still learning).

My most recent occurrence with moon, if you will, was when I was at Urgent Care for my daughter a few weeks ago as she received relief from a bronchitis infection. While in the lobby, I picked up a YC magazine and there it was- a picture with caption of the moon phases. January 9 begins a New Moon.

At this point, I decided to dig deeper and through that discovery process I included what the Bible has to say about the New Moon? There are many references to the moon in Bible (more than I expected). It speaks of the moon as being created by God; its light; its influence; its seasons (months), as in Joesph’s dream, and the moon standing still. I’ll bet you thought that just referred to the sun- well it includes the moon as well (Joshua 10:12). It’s forbidden to worship the moon and “there will be no need for it in heaven, as the Lamb is the Light.” Revelation 21:23.

Moreover, what I found is that, we too can extract the principles [listed below] regarding the time of the New Moon for they are relevant and applicable for us today!

The Feast of New Moon
*Resources are taken from Torrey New Topical Textbook. Basically it was a time of sacrificially offering and celebration; it was a season of the following:

  • Inquiring of God’s Messengers
    2 Kings 4:23 “So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.’” this verse comes from the story of the Shunammite women who gave birth after Elisha spoke a word, (vs 16) “about this time next year you shall embrace a son.” in short, (vs 24) She was searching for the Man of God, Elisha, after the boy died. Verse 27 states, “her soul was in deep distress.” If you haven’t read this story, you would be blessed to do so.

Today: Search and Inquire of the Lord, now is the time!

  • Worship in God’s House
    Ez. 46:1 “Thus says the Lord God: ‘The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shake be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.'”

Isaiah 66:23 “‘And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the Lord.”

Today: Assemble and Worship; the Gate shall be opened!

  • Entertainments
    This is by no means a reference to carnal entertainments. The reference was to the feast at the new moon. These verses share Jonathan’s loyalty to David. 1 Samuel 20:5 says, “and David said to Jonathan, ‘indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat.'” Please read verses 5-18 for the full reference (as it’s too lengthy to share here). Jonathan was protecting David. Verse 11 states the Lord God of Israel is witness! There is much to glean from this story….

Today: I sense a vindication will take place and is in order, Wait for it!

In conclusion, as I look at the literal word ‘phase’ as its defined in the dictionary this stood out to me, as we consider the New Moon; any of the major appearances or aspects in which a thing of varying modes or conditions manifest itself to the eye or mind. I would say, an article with the expressed titled, “Cosmic Gift for Christmas” is such. …

Also, a state of synchronous operation.

Yes, it is a state of synchronous operation, to Him. May we phase out what is not needed in-order to draw near to Him in the new phase that has manifested itself in light and truth. First, let us, seek and inquire of Him in all things both in the living will of God and for those things in which need restoration. Seek the promise(s) of His Word; both in the logos (written word) as well as the rhema (spoken word) Secondly, we must worship in spirit and in truth. Worship is defined as reverent honor and homage paid to God; adoring reference or regard. Let me encourage you to turn to Him in worship this way. Heaven will open and angels will join you as you worship the Lamb who is worthy. Lastly, according to our reference in 1 Samuel 20. I glean the Lord is preparing to bring about vindication, a defense, a justification, that is needed and He will provide it, as you cover yourself in humility under His blood, in faithfulness, pressing through and in obedience.

In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak