Trust Him in the lions’ den

Last week as I was reading the book of Daniel, I stumbled on the scripture about Daniel’s cast into the lions’ den.

Daniel was doing perfectly fine at that time. He was given the power and authority. He received favor and was trusted by the King because of his faithfulness. And somehow, his peers envied him and made a plot against him. They misled the King to make a rule against Daniel’s religious principle. In short, the King was forced to punish Daniel by casting him into a den of lions.

Does it sound familiar? When your life finally feels alright. You are content. You finally can see fruits of what you’re doing or fight for. You know that it brings glory to the Lord. And……….BAMMMM!! All of sudden, you’re facing the test of your faith. Something that forces you to do something out of His will. Something that pushes you to compromise. Or else, it will cause you trouble.

I’ve read this story for so many times but I’m particularly moved by a part of the Scripture:

“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

(Daniel 6:23b)

He put His trust in God and didn’t compromise his religious principles. He even declared His confidence in Him (Daniel 6:10), but God didn’t deliver him right away from the lions’ den. The scripture shows us that he was still cast into the den of lions, but no wound was found on him!

I believe that we sometimes are having the same situation as Daniel. And it feels like even though we have done what’s right, we still need to experience the moment of great pressures and terrors. We still need to pay the price of our faith in Him. But please know that if you believe in God, He will deliver us safely throughout that season, with no wound. This wound may refer to frustration, the trauma of the incident, the bitterness to someone whom God’s using to sharpen us, a disappointment to God, or any kinds or scar in our soul.

“But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,  their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

(1 Corinthians 3:10b-15)

Trust Him that this season is meant for good. That it’s truly needed to exercise our faith and prepare us for the glory that will come later. And that, He will not let the devil harm us in any way.

_One day, you will look back on this season and know that you are truly blessed, and not because things were perfect but because you found perfect grace even in the worst of it._

 

Let’s keep on trusting Him,

Naomi

My rapture dream: Ready or not…..here He comes!

Praise God, I finally got time to write again this week after surviving a very hectic and long week. That was a good hecticness though, thank God for that. Anyway, I have promised you guys to write about a dream that had made me start writing this blog.

As a background, I rarely got prophetic dreams. I know some people who are used to receive a message from God through dreams. But……not me. I would say that God talks to me more by giving me quotes of Scriptures, visions, and….He just talks to me, like right away in my heart. And sometimes by “inner knowing” (Just knew the term from “The Seer” book by James W. Goll that I’ve been reading lately. By the way, I really recommend this book if you have prophetic gifts and calling), I couldn’t explain but I simply knew what I knew.

Anyway, it’s been a while since the last time I got a prophetic dream, but I got it again on July 16th, 2017. I remembered it’s the night after I received a really powerful fire anointing through His servant Ps. William Hardrick at my home church. That night I experienced a dream that changed my life. It took me to a new level of understanding that I’ve ever been since I received Jesus. It was almost like real experience and the first time I was remembering the dream when I woke up, I could feel that I was experiencing the dream all over again. It was a very short dream but it’s enough to change me in a way I couldn’t explain, enough to make me felt the urgency of His calling in my life. It gave me a new heart and put a new spirit in me; it removed from me my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).

THE DREAM

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In that dream, I was standing in a room alone. It was not a big room and it has transparent double hinged doors that have particular designed frame, so it’s not all plain glass doors. I was looking through the transparent area on the sidelines of the door frames to see a guy standing outside of the door. I didn’t see His face, but This Guy was wearing a luminous white robe with light blue lines (it’s luminous too!) on the edges of the fabric which were in the cuffs and V-neck of the robe. There was a very bright light behind Him that I couldn’t see anything behind the brightness. I didn’t know how but somehow a second after looking at that view through the door frames, I knew that’s Jesus.

I remembered my mind spoke to me “Jesus is coming!” And then my mind spoke again the next second “Oh my God, is it rapture time now?” Right after I finished that sentence in my mind, I could feel I “plopped” outside of my body (I say “plopped” because I could really feel that my soul PLOP to the outside of the body. At one PLOP, the sounds that I heard outside the body was just different than when I was within the body. It was just like you’re being away from the sound of the world if that makes sense. And the physical feelings were also different. I felt an intense peaceful feeling and it’s physically so light….like floating-in-the-air kind of feeling. I could feel that time was also slowed down).

A second after that (with a floaty, slower feeling), my mind spoke again “Oh my God, did I just got raptured? Was I finally raptured???” (I couldn’t believe that I was being raptured). Then a sudden, intense feeling of gratitude filled me. My mind said “Thank You, Lord….Thank You, Lord…..” The feeling of gratitude, relief, and peace was so strong and real. As my mind was speaking to me, I could also see that I was furthering away from the ground, almost like flying. And that’s the end of my dream.

THE URGENCY

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I don’t know if you guys can feel the shocked-almost-like-panicky feeling that quickly follows by the feeling of peace and gratitude that I experienced in that dream. But that short dream was very emotional, vivid, and REAL to me. And I really thought that that’s the feelings which we’ll experience when the time comes.

Rapture is a personal moment between us and God. It’s so sudden, inevitable, non-deferrable judgment day of your entire life. You can’t really prepare yourself for it. It’s beyond any physical, logical, and mental preparation. It hits you in your face when the time comes. The only preparation you can do now is repentance. From the heart, not only of alteration of attitude or expression of words.

I remembered how I felt the fire and the urge in my heart to fulfill His calling even more in my life, to take my pursuit of holiness to another level and most importantly, to be consumed by His Spirit. For once in my life, I want to give up everything for that particular moment. I want to make sure that I’ll be experiencing it again when He’s coming.

JESUS’ ROBE

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Two days after the dream, I found the prophetic meaning of light blue colors in Jesus’ robe. My brother in Christ, Yonathan, helped me to search for it through a prophetic dance seminar material and it said that “light blue means righteousness, holiness and the bride of Christ”. I was stunned that there’s more to it!

In “The Seer” book that I was reading recently, James W. Goll mentioned in the subtitle of The Meaning of Symbolic Colors about Numbers 15:38 which is surprisingly related to the dream I had:

“Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue” (Numbers 15:38).

I felt like God wanted to tell me through the dream that, we should have righteousness, holiness, intimacy with Jesus (the bride of Christ), in order for us to be raptured.

To be righteous, we must have the strong foundation of the Law of God and obedience to do it. To be holy, we have to be consumed by the Holy Spirit. And to be the bride of Christ, we should trust Him with all our hearts in every season of our lives.

I pray that we will be found righteous, holy, and known by God when the time comes. He is coming soon, my friend!

Praying for you,

Naomi

Eunoia: a vision in season

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Eunoia is originated from an ancient Greek word εὔνοια, which means beautiful thinking, a well and pure mind, good spirit. In rhetoric, eunoia is the goodwill a speaker cultivates between himself/herself and his/her audience, a condition of receptivity. The perception that the speaker has audience’s interest at heart. Eunoia is also the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes.

Inspired by its name, Eunoia The Journal will share my revelation of God’s beautiful plan for the season in the simplest way possible. It will contain His instruction, reminder, explanation, correction, warning, encouragement, whatever He told me or show me to share with people. I will share my personal conviction of  His message, vision or dream of the season.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that I know all things as the Bible says “For we know in part and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13-9). I’m far from perfect and still learning as He tests my heart and my mind and reveals any impurities in my life. I’m writing this blog as a response to His prophetic calling to serve others.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” (1 Peter 1:10-12)

I hope that it will bless you! If you happen to read this blog and you have an experience or revelation or additional insight related to the subject, please do not hesitate to comment, share your thoughts or even just leave your mark on this blog. It will mean so much to me.

 

Thanks for reading,

Naomi