A Prophetic Experience
I recently had a prophetic experience I want to share with you so you can "get in line" to receive a prophet's reward (Matthew 10:41). I pray it will also heighten your prophetic senses, for we are a prophetic people who are called to dream with God in these times. A few weeks ago I was working in my garage all morning long, unpacking and sorting resources for Prophetic Arrow Ministries-books, CDs, and DVDs. When I was finished, I pulled my car out of the garage so I could run a few errands around town. As I was driving down the street, thinking about my list of errands to do that day, I stopped at a red light. There was a pretty, young woman in the car to my right who honked her horn at me. I glanced over at her and immediately noticed she was wearing a bright green blouse...the color of prosperity. She motioned with her hand for me to roll down my window. When I did so, she smiled and said, "You have a large tape dispenser on your trunk." I smiled and said, "Oh, thank you!" I was very grateful she told me. After the young woman told me about the tape dispenser on my trunk, I thought I would just drive slowly for a few more blocks to my destination, and then I would remove the dispenser. However, I began to feel a bit uneasy about that decision, thinking it could easily fly off and hit someone's car, or someone could run over it and it could damage their tires. So I pulled into the left lane to make a left-handed turn, planning to stop in a quiet area and remove the tape dispenser from my trunk. As I sat waiting for the left turn arrow to turn green, I saw that the same woman who told me about the dispenser was now right behind me. I watched in the review mirror as she opened her car door, ran, and grabbed the dispenser from my car, and brought it right to my driver's door. I opened the door as she smiled and said, "Here you go, ma'am!" I said, "Well, you are just too sweet!" Holy Spirit immediately spoke to my heart and said, "I am bringing you help!" By this time I was totally covered with Holy Ghost bumps from head to toe, and I began to weep and thank the Lord for His unexpected surprise. He is so faithful to provide for us exactly what we need when we need it.
One of the things that stuck out to me the most while reflecting later on this experience was the fact that instead of rolling down the window when the woman approached me with the tape dispenser, I instinctively opened my door to receive it. As many of you know, in accordance with the Jewish calendar, this is the year of open doors for the body of Christ. I decree that along with those open doors, it is also the year where God is sending help from Holy Spirit, angels, and from others in the body of Christ-so we can fulfill the dreams of God. When people order resources from us, we package them in boxes and then use the tape to "seal the deal," so to speak. Prophetically speaking, the tape dispenser represents messages being prepared and shipped around the world. In the year of the open door, God is giving His people wisdom from heaven, opening them up to new and exciting prophetic experiences. These experiences will become messages (testimonies) that are sent around the world as we see in Luke 8:39, where we're encouraged to go and tell all that God has done for us! When God encounters us, He doesn't do it for our sake alone. Rather, He encounters us and deposits something within us so that we can give it to those in need. When Isaiah encountered God (see Isaiah 6), he didn't just stop there and only worship the Lord, thinking that was all there was to it. As encounter came to an end, God wanted Isaiah to share what he experienced with others. Once the angel touched the live coal from the altar to his lips, Isaiah said, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" (Isaiah 6:8).
Chasing Us Down
God is about ready to chase us down, beloved, helping us dispense the message we've received to the world. It is important to keep in mind that the trunk represents a safe place to carry resources and supplies. But, even though the inside of a trunk is safe, the Lord's resources won't benefit anyone if they're locked up inside. This reminds me of a quote I heard some time ago: "A ship is safe in its harbor, but that's not where it belongs." The fact that the dispenser was on the outside of the trunk indicates that God wants our resources and messages to be visible to others, so people can run to help one another. Vehicles often represent ministries, and we're all ministers in one way or another. So as you're stewarding your "vehicle," watch for signs/arrows from heaven so you don't miss your turn. In fact, God loves our dreams so much that He won't allow them to lie dormant any longer, as though idling at a stoplight. He wants them on display in our lives so others can see what God is doing and saying to us. Our relationship with God can't just be about ourselves but about what God is doing in the earth today. He is so passionate about the dreams He placed within us that He will not allow them to be stopped for long-He is sending us help. Just as my experience with the young woman invites readers to experience the prophetic blessings of God, so your experiences with God can invite others into an encounter with Him, also. Our encounters are meant to be someone else's gateway to help them reach their dreams-God's plans and purposes for them. This is one of the reasons Peters tells us, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15). I pray that God would chase you down, beloved, awaking the dreams buried deep within. Help is on the way!
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