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Follow the Star - Wise Men Still Seek Him
It was a rather mundane afternoon as I sat at my desk several years ago. I knew in my spirit that a season of life was coming to an end. I was just trying to finish strong and wait on Holy Spirit for my next assignment.
As I plowed through mountains of administrative work, I looked up, and there, on the ivory painted wall, was handwriting. Hmm, I thought to myself, this seems Biblical to me! A beautiful calligraphy font scrolled in front of my eyes: "Paulette, fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord" (see Habakkuk 2:14) – a mandate from Heaven, and then whoosh, it disappeared. Even though that was several years ago, to this day I'm totally honored to walk out God's word over my life. What an adventure!
Examining the Scripture from Habakkuk in the Hebrew brings out some interesting truths: "For the earth shall be filled with the observable manifestation of the goodness of God, His manifest presence, honor, riches, and power among the [mature] sons [and daughters] as the Word of God covers the people. God will confirm and demonstrate His Word in your presence to show His goodness and the Kingdom shall advance" (Habakkuk 2:14 paraphrase).
Wow! I don't want to miss anything God has in store for the earth. How about you? If it's Jesus, I want it. How could we miss the filling that's coming? One way might be entertaining unbelief, which could cause spiritual blindness of observable manifestations; another way could be unpreparedness for the demonstration of God's Word. Proverbs 4:5 tells us to get ready: "Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of My mouth." Maybe fear tries to stand in the way of encountering the supernatural acts of God – like handwriting on the wall, for example.
The Visit of the Magi
Today, let's recount the birth of Christ from what might be a little different perspective for some – a supernatural perspective.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.'"
Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him." After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.
Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him." So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. Matthew 2:1-14
Well, there you have it. It's amazing to see how the New Covenant immediately explodes into the supernatural acts of God. In just 14 verses we see signs and wonders, prophecy, visions, angelic visitations, and prophetic dreams.
How wonderful to know that these acts of God validate different forms of communication He uses to speak to His people. Of course, we see these and many more supernatural encounters all the way from Genesis to Revelation.
His Name is Jesus, Which Means "To Save"
Let's take note of how our story in Matthew 2 reminds us that the Savior, who is the Truth, was and is for everyone.
There were wise men who followed a star to see Jesus. Now, these guys were magi, or astrologers, from the royal court of Persia; and one of their roles was to make the king of Persia look great. But here they were, following a star so they could promote another King – the real King. Would we really expect magi to worship Jesus? I mean, really? They were accustomed to kings being in a royal palace, not born in a stable. So the fact that they were led, not only to follow a star, but for such a specific purpose as this, is surely supernatural.
It's wonderful to know that the birth of the Savior was for everyone! Later on in the New Covenant, we read that Jesus is not willing that any should perish (see 2 Peter 3:9). What a great life lesson here as we're reminded not to be biased toward pre-believers. Perhaps the wise men even humbled Believers a bit. I mean, they not only traveled for miles and miles to find Jesus, but they were also prepared to worship a King they had never met. And they took just the right gifts to lie at His feet. Whereas, we sometimes complain if we have to drive more than 20 minutes, and then we approach the King empty handed.
It's almost comical, really. Here we have Herod, who was paranoid and territorial, believing that there could never be another king who could even come near his turf. For he had his political system in place and his "kingdom" all set up with brutality and false power. And then, along comes a little baby in a manger. A baby who was 100% dependent on God. A King who would rule the world.
If we keep looking closely at Matthew 2, we see more supernatural works of the Lord. For example, somehow the wise men knew the Messiah was royalty. Somehow, they knew that Jesus was the King who had all authority (later declared in Matthew 28:18). And then, by a dream from God, supernatural revelation was revealed to them so they knew they were not to return by way of Jerusalem.
Who would have thought that the magi would be some of the very first to receive the Good News – His name is Emmanuel, God with us? It appears that the star in the East was exactly the sign and wonder they needed...to make then wonder.
Establishing Your Dreams
In the prophetic message in Matthew 2, we see some guidelines set by Heaven on what it takes to establish the dreams of God in our own lives.
First, dreams are to be prophesied. Herod inquired of the people where the Messiah was to be born. And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet" (Matthew 2:5), and then they went on to quote Micah 5:2, which was written nearly 400 years earlier. So, if you think you're tired of waiting for your dreams to come true, hold on! Amos 3:7 reminds us, "Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." So, prophesying over your dreams of God is crucial.
Secondly, we must be careful not to despise humble beginnings (see Zechariah 4:10). Who would have ever imagined that the King of kings would be born in a stable and become poor so that we might be rich?
The third guideline is to be aware that not everyone will be as excited as you are about the birth of a dream. In fact, Joseph couldn't even find room in the inn for Mary to deliver. And the evil Herod reminds us that our enemy is a liar. He said he wanted to know where the baby was born so he could visit Him, but in actuality he planned to kill "the dream." It's important to remember that everyone sitting in the front row might not be your greatest fan. And, it's also important to remember that we must learn to delight in hiddenness until it's time for God to send out birth announcements.
Next, timing is very important. The enemy wanted to know the exact time the star appeared in the sky (see Matthew 2:7-8, 16). Then, by calculating the distance it had traveled, he could figure out when the baby was born and how old it would be. Later, he carried out an evil plan to have all the baby boys killed who were two years old and under. But the good news is that God's timing is perfect; and if we stay in the rhythm of Heaven, He will give us supernatural wisdom to protect the dream He has placed within us.
We must also remember to constantly rejoice while waiting for our dream. There's power in praise and it changes the atmosphere. "When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy" (Matthew 2:10). How exciting! Can you even imagine being out in a field and the heavens open up? Oh, how rejoicing through prayer and praise produces joy deep within our hearts. This also leads to honor, which is very important in the establishing of our dreams. When the dreams of God are born, we honor the Dream Giver just as the wise men fell to the ground and worshiped the King (see Matthew 2:11).
The sixth guideline we're to remember is that there is always provision for the vision. The magi brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh (see Matthew 2:11). I believe they represent the fact that God will supply everything that is needed for the dream. Gold is a gift fit for a king. Frankincense symbolizes incense, the burning of which represents prayer. It is used by priests, and indicates the priestly nature of the Messiah. And myrrh is a fragrant perfume, used in embalming bodies. The inclusion of this gift can be seen as prophetic of the death of the Messiah. The three gifts together give prominence to Messiah's three offices: prophet, priest, and king.
And lastly, to establish our dreams we must be constantly obedient. We have to know when it's time to stay and when it's time to move the "baby." We see in Matthew 2:13 that an angel appeared and told Mary and Joseph to go so that they would be protected from Herod.
Wise Men Still Seek Him
Revelation 22:16 tells us that Jesus is The Bright Morning Star. He is splendid, magnificent, and radiant with a glorious brilliance that never fades away.
Surely God longs for us to follow The Star rather than being pushed by our problems. Are you following Jesus today? If not, you can be. It's so simple to invite Him into your heart and be born from above. And we might ask ourselves if we're aligned with the supernatural, prophetic words that we've received throughout the years. Are we writing down the prophetic dreams we receive? Do we keep peace on earth and goodwill toward men, as we maintain a quiet confidence and remain 100% dependent on God, realizing that our supernatural destiny reaches far beyond our natural abilities?
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Paulette Reed is a powerful preacher, prophetic minister, encourager, and author. She is a full-time revivalist/evangelist. Her passion is to share the love of Christ and unite people to the inexplicable love of our Heavenly Father, exhorting them to arise and shine! She is an extremely accurate prophetess who has been raised up to bring hope and healing to the Body of Christ. Without a vision the people perish, so the Lord is using this handmaiden as His mouthpiece to speak forth individual and corporate vision, catapulting people into their destinies. Paulette loves to see God's people awakened and proclaim the active extension of the Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. She ministers in the revival anointing accompanied by revelatory ministry, healing, miracles, signs and wonders.