You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
Perfect peace? Could this be true?
As I read this verse, it began to read me. I knew I needed a closer view.
The wording perfect peace comes from the Hebrew word shalowm better known to us as shalom. It’s defined as completeness, soundness, peace, safety, welfare, health, and prosperity, contentment, friendship of human relationships and with God especially in covenant relationship.
After reading the definition of shalom used in this verse in Isaiah 26. I can sincerely say that I’ve experienced perfect peace. I don’t know that I would have been so confident to say so had I not took a closer view. Certainly, not at all times in all circumstances however as I gain understanding of perfect peace, it aids in the framework of my mind. Which is, friends, the prerequisite to our perfect peace.
Strongs describes mind as: form, framing, image, and purpose. I could ask you this way: What are you focusing on? What framework, picture or image is on your mind? Do you allow others to frame your thoughts? If you listen to the media-reports, posts or news feeds they will bombard you with current issues and concerns. It’s easy to be thrown into their projected purpose, which is to leave an imprint of influence upon your mind. In order for you to stay tuned, only for more of the same!
but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
We can be informed people without the dramatic digression under the wrong influence. Isaiah 26 verses three and four are most revealing as they state a progressive process to perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Verse 4 continues to encourage us further reminding us to go back and place Trust in Lord forever – He is our everlasting strength. Selah. Stop and think about that. Literally, purpose to imagine and create a framework in your mind of trusting the Lord forever. The Lord is our everlasting strength.
The Rock of Ages – He forever remains.
In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak~ Unfolded Hearts Ministry
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.
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
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,
Unfolded Hearts Ministry
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.
‘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
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.
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.”
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
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