Silent Night

shutterstock_2187913Dreams have a way of speaking to us in the silence of the night. Speaking from experience, some mornings I wake up and think what on earth? Did that really just happen, oh it was only a dream. So many times we are given a message within a dream. When we allow ourselves to unveil and go beyond to the heart of the matter, there is so much depth and clarity that is to be seen and captured.

Dreams are given all throughout the bible and into our present days. Dreams are unique and part of life. Our spirits are at rest and our bodies are asleep, but there is so much being spoken over us during this time of slumber. Sometimes I wish I could recall all that my spirit encounters during the night as I am sleeping and dreaming. There are some amazing adventures, spectacular scenes, and so much that in the natural I would not ever be able to encounter.

Now please note, there are many dreams that are off the wall, ridiculous, out of the ordinary, crazy and could never ever happen… but there are some that we take to heart and a sense of importance is placed upon that dream. There happened to be such an occurrence in the very beginning of the New Testament in Matthew announcing the birth of Jesus. There were some relevant dreams that were expressed in the first 2 chapters that are worthy of recalling.

Joseph encountered  many dreams that gave him clear direction and how to proceed in the days to come. He received significant dreams before and after a very special arrival. The first dream came while his fiance was pregnant with a baby that was not his own. Once he discovered she was pregnant (by the Holy Spirit, although he did not know the details of this yet) he thought he could just take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. He was trying to find a way out, an escape, and God gave him a dream to show him the path to take. In his dream the angel spoke to him that he was to marry the mother of this baby and raise this child as his own. Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream. He married Mary. Matthew 1:24 MSG

A band of scholars (also known as the wise men) were in search of the child that had been signified by the bright star in the eastern sky. The star served as a birth announcement. A star shining with the  brightest light to announce the Light of the World was here. The scholars asked around where they could find this newborn child so that they could worship this King.

King Herod, an evil king, heard of this announcement and had a secret meeting with the scholars hoping to find out the scoop of the whereabouts and details of this baby boy that would save the world. King Herod saw him as a threat and wanted to end the life of this child. He had everyone on the lookout.

The scholars entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshipped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. In a dream they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country. {Matthew 2:11-12 MSG}

After the scholars were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.” Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. {Matthew 2:13-14}

Herod, when he realized that the scholars had tricked him, flew into a rage. He commanded the murder of every little boy two years old and under who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding hills. {Matthew 2:16}

Later, when Herod died, God’s angel appeared in a dream to Joesph in Egypt: Up, take the child and his mother and return to Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead.” Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother, and reentered Israel. He was directed in yet another dream to go to the hills of Galilee and settled in Nazareth. {Matthew 2:19}

Thankfully, Joseph listened intently to the angels as they gave him clear directions in the dreams he was given. He could have chosen to ignore those dreams, and the outcome could have been totally altered. God’s plans and design were at work. The enemy wanted to end his life before it even began. This babies life was saved. The Savior of the world saved as an infant and would later sacrifice His life to save us all. For the sake of the world.

Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright…Mother and child… Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace. Son of God love’s pure light. Radiant beams from thy holy face. With the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Stir up dreams in the silence of the night Jesus. Dreams for the fathers.  May the fathers rise up to be bold and courageous. To choose life. Even though it may not always be easy. Hope and encouragement to be instilled within them. No longer to have the notion to push or demand the life of the innocent child to be put to death. They can be strong and supportive of the mother carrying the baby within her womb. Protection for the mother and baby.

Praying and believing for a shift in the atmosphere. For the fathers and spiritual fathers to rise up as encourager’s for the single mothers. To speak life, love and liberty. Just as the dreams were given to Joseph and the wise men two thousand years ago and they listened and obeyed and babies were saved. God may you give the men dreams of life. Significant dreams. To make wise choices. Speak to their hearts Jesus. Life that is breathed from you, may they guard as sacred and precious. Babies in safe keeping. Declaring Life. Grace covered moments.

I love this quote that a leader from our Embrace Grace Dads group posted:

When he speaks and you listen… God happens. There’s no mistaking the power that flows from Him, through you, to shatter chains, heal and make everything different. Praying for open hearts and open ears today as you walk in His light. We are on a mission, in a battle not of this world. I stand with you all in representing His love. Let’s change the world. In Jesus Name. # Jesus Stuff#Radical Obedience- Jonathan Boles

The Father himself loves you. He loves you because you loved me and believed that I came from God. John 16-27

Written by Salina Duffy

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