From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Over the past few years, there's been numerous words of "the birthing" coming forth. Many have been waiting and waiting for the delivery stage to come. I like what Paulette Reed shares here: It's time for holy deliveries to come forth!
If you've been waiting for the birthing of your own dream and miracles, this is a great word of encouragement FOR YOU! AND for you mighty women of God, who Paulette addresses in her article, this will also excite you as God raises up a great company of women!
First, here are a couple of great resources that will inspire you to live in miracles:
The Birthing of Miracles - Prepare to Deliver the Dreams of God
During 2010, I believe we will see the multiplication of the miraculous works of God. As He raises up a great company of women (Psalm 68:11), He is also bringing men alongside, so spiritual procreation and the birthing of dreams will be naturally supernatural.
Jesus came to give life...abundantly, and life is created by division and multiplication. When a baby develops, the cells divide and multiply to form "the dream." Even Elohiym divided Himself, so He could multiply Himself. He's still doing that today, multiplying Himself as He forms Christlikeness in His Believers, so they can cover the earth with the knowledge of His glory.
I love how our Heavenly Father never gives up on us! The Word says in Galatians 4:19, "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you." Beloved, Holy Spirit is hovering over His people; the power of the Highest is waiting for the full gestation of miraculous seeds deposited in the spiritual wombs of many. It's time for holy deliveries to come forth!
Prepare to Deliver the Dreams of God
Unfortunately, the oneness needed for procreation of miracles has sometimes been absent in the Body of Christ—namely, that of male and female serving in unity. As you know, Jesus and the Father are one. So it is that we actually only reach our true individuality when we are merged with one another. A paradox, indeed. But Jesus said, "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one" (John 17:22). Therefore, we are not created to live and function independently, but interdependently. In fact, the Church itself was birthed out of unity with 120 people (male and female) in the Upper Room.
During this season of restoration, miraculous seeds in the spiritual wombs of God's people are waiting to explode with good news. But, as with any delivery, the proper timing and position is crucial. So, as a great company of women prepare to deliver the dreams of God, it's important they are covered and nurtured by men of God. As one, for one!
Friends, if it has seemed dark for a while, be still as the Creator overshadows thee. Ponder His dreams in your heart.
Run with Your Dreams
As we walk into a season of fruitfulness, remember it's important to find someone to share the dreams of God with. Of course, we don't share with any who might try to kill the firstborn. Rather, we find those whom we trust, with like-mindedness. Do you recall how the Virgin Mary hurried to Elizabeth and shared about the birth of a miracle? The Scripture says, Mary hurried...ran...with her dream. And when she did, the miracle leapt in Elizabeth's womb—Alleluia! In fact, Luke chapter one says Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Beloved, Mary found someone to bear witness with the truth.
I'm saddened when I hear people speak of their dreams, often with prophetic words hovering over them, but they haven't done anything with them. Friends, let's be as Mary—hear the Word of God, believe, pray...and then get off our knees and on our feet and run to live out the promise! Let's also be mindful that those whom God is bringing around us may be spiritual midwives. They may be the ones God is sending to help protect the "baby," as with Moses in Exodus 1.
As you pray to step into the birthing of your miracle(s), let's look at some processes necessary in order for the grand event to take place.
First of all, preparation is crucial. If the baby/dream is too small, the Lord may have you wait until it grows in hiddenness—in the womb of God. He may bring others around to feed and nurture the dream, infusing it with love to generate miracle growth. If the baby/dream is too big, the Great Physician may bring more support. The deliverer (you) must stay in peace, so coaching from trusted individuals is very important. Focus, focus, focus on Jesus!
Let's say, for example, a huge dream is deposited in a small church/ministry—then the Body there must stay in unity, as there is strength in numbers. It's through their intercession that hindrances are pushed aside so the birthing is smooth.
Do not despise small beginnings, Beloved. Remember, everything you see now was hidden at one time until it was birthed. Dreams are fashioned into the seen from the unseen. So, as you ponder these things in your heart, can you visualize the beautiful baby/dream so it can be seen? Try thinking of your sanctified imagination as your Heavenly Father's ultrasound pictures.
Humility is the perfect position for any miracle to be born. Who knows, perhaps you'll be led to a little stable rather than a state-of-the-art delivery center. Humble beginnings are of God—even the Son of God emptied Himself and became poor for our sakes. In other words, He laid aside the glory; He voluntarily placed restraint on the power of His Father. He knew He must accept hardship, isolation, mistreatment and misunderstanding; He was sent as Love for unlovely men. He came so that through His poverty we might become rich.
Look at Elijah's position. Certainly his humble posture in 1 Kings 18 is no coincidence. The inspired Word shows us an important position in birthing. It's called prayer! Going low and staying low is extremely significant with Christ Himself, as with Elijah. In 1 Kings we see Elijah bent over. He was praying for showers of blessing to return to Israel. Do we need showers of blessing to return to the Church today? Travail works. Elijah's position and persistence paid off! And what about Moses, the most humble man on earth, who led two or three million people?
I'm telling you, friends, the revival that's coming will take mega grace to sustain, so it must be led by the humble, as we know God gives grace to the humble.
Luke 1:37 says, "Nothing will be impossible with God." Alleluia—expectation is the greenhouse for miracles. There may be times during pregnancy of vision that we cry out, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!" (Mark 9:24) That's okay. The Lord knows waiting can be uncomfortable and difficult, but don't give up! God's timing is perfect and HE always delivers His promises. He is not a man that He can lie.
While waiting, remember it's crucial to speak words of life over your dreams, not vice versa. Remember Zacharias in Luke 1. He was a priest of the Jewish temple. He and Elizabeth were very holy people. They had prayed for children, but had never been able to have a child. Now, they were too old.
Then, the angel Gabriel appeared. Zacharias was afraid, but the angel said to him,
Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.—Luke 1:13-17 NASB
Zacharias should have had faith and given thanks to God for the good news, but he was not convinced. He told the angel that he and Elizabeth were too old to bear a child. Due to his lack of faith, the angel told Zacharias he would be unable to speak until his son was born. Now, we know that the power of life is in the tongue, so Zacharias was no longer allowed to speak words of death. He was muted, as God would not let unbelief be released.
Taking a position of belief as well as staying seated in heavenly places is crucial to the birthing of miracles. Where are we seated? According to Ephesians 2:6, in heavenly places. My, what a safe place to be, so your dreams are not thwarted or prevented by earthly hindrances. Beloved, are you in the right position for life/revival to be birthed?
Push, Push, Push
In the natural, pregnancy can be fun and exciting during the first few months. We want to run and share our joy with friends and family. We sing, dance and decree a thing so it shall be established (Job 22:28). Ah, but the final stages seem so very difficult. No more dancing, no more running; in fact, just bending over to tie our shoes seems to take lots of effort.
Spiritual birthing can be like that, too. Oh, but Beloved, do not grow weary in doing well. For in Isaiah 66:9 (NIV), the Word shows us we serve a God who delivers. It says,
"Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God."
"Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth?"
Beloved, I say to you today, even when it's difficult and takes a lot of effort—push, push, push! For what happens if the dreams of God are not delivered? How sad that His purposes would not be fulfilled. How sad that a touch of Heaven was not brought to earth because someone gave up.
Stay connected to a heavenly umbilical cord and feed your spirit so your dreams are nourished, friends. The world needs the multiplication of miracles. Devastated nations need a couple loaves of bread and some fishes. Now is the time, this is the hour for the Church to shine for Jesus.
Week one – Psalm 68:11
Week two – Luke 1
Week three – Ephesians 2 & 3
Week four – Job 22:28
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About Paulette Reed: Paulette is operations manager for Patricia King and Extreme Prophetic Ministries, in Maricopa, Arizona. She is a powerful preacher, prophetic minister, encourager, and author. 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 reach for their destiny. 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.