We have just entered into the new Hebrew month of Cheshvan which began on Monday, October 8 at sundown. God began to speak to me through two dreams concerning the power of the prophetic word in this month.
If you remember, in the month of Tishrei we were called to come before the Lord and celebrate His feasts—the Feast of Trumpets, for His new year, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles—with fasting, feasting, and giving. This was a time of consecration and purification for the blessings coming. So when I received these two dreams for two days in a row, I was not surprised that God wanted to do something amazing in Cheshvan.
“Idle-wood”: Calling the Dead Things Forth
|“…bring forth the harvest with His words by calling those things which are not, as though they were.“|
In both dreams, I heard the Lord say the word, “Idle-wood.” (I’m assuming the Lord meant this expression to be like the name of a town; e.g., “Hollywood”.) I was surprised by this word, being heard two days in a row and in both dreams. In the dreams there were dead people who were birthing babies, or there was old property that had been just sitting there, idle, and now it was being made new; newly decorated and occupied by people I’ve been in relationships with in the past, but not currently.
The Lord began to speak to me that these dreams were concerning a season of birthing, and that He is getting ready to birth new things from the old or dead things in our lives. I found this interesting, especially since God could just create something new. Why would He choose to take the old and bring life from it?
He began to share with me that the old represented a strain of DNA that He wanted to touch with the new life. In other words, the promise was not dead, it was simply idle. There was to be a calling forth of an old promise. He began to instruct me to tell people to speak life to the dead places.
Maybe you have dead relationships, dead jobs and dead finances. Maybe you have old, latent property or idle property (as in not moving); dead things that are still in your life but bear no fruit at this time. The good news is He is calling the dead things forth and back to life!
Abraham and the Belief of a Past Promise
Abraham believed God when He spoke about the things to come based on a past promise, even though everything around Him was death. He spoke life to what appeared in the natural to have no life. Abraham believed a word from God that had been latent or idle or had not yet come to pass. You too have dreams and promises from God that are latent and unfilled at this time; you may have even made them dead to your own heart.
Romans 4:17-21 (NIV) says: “As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ Abraham is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’
“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.”
Don’t Give up! “Call into Being Things That Were Not”
I believe God is calling us in this month of October, the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, to begin to speak life to the dead places, the dead promises and the idle things not moving. Do not give up on what you believe is dead or even agree that it is dead, but instead revive it. If it had a promise attached to it by God but in this day it appears to have no fruit, instead of cursing it to remain dead, speak the life-giving Word of God to it and watch God create something beautiful from it.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
|“He is getting ready to birth new things from the old or dead things in our lives.“|
Instead of losing heart and wondering if something will come alive, begin to actively take control of the situation and “call into being things that were not.” God created the universe with the creative, miracle-working power of His Word and He is asking us to do the same, even today.
God’s Covenant to Us
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
God has made a covenant with you not only as a descendant of Abraham, according to Genesis 12, but also for your personal destiny on Earth. If you once heard the promise, to God it still remains. All He is asking of you is to remind Him of what was promised long ago by “calling into being things that were not,” and to activate your faith to believe they can be. God required this of Abraham. The Word says in Romans 4:18 (NIV), “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.'”
He was against hope, and his body and his wife Sarah’s body were as sure as dead. Yet Abraham remembered the promise and God called Him righteous for it. Our faith is credited to righteousness in God’s eyes. He will not reject our faith. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
One word of warning as you endeavor to step out in your faith and declare and decree these promises of the past: The enemy wants you to doubt and not believe. He has set up a garrison against you, but be of good cheer, as this means your promotion is for real. Anytime the enemy chooses to stand up against you, the word on the inside of you has become a challenge to him, and you can be sure that what is on the inside of you will come to pass. Keep on declaring!
Be encouraged in this month of Cheshvan! God will bring a birth from death and bring forth life from what seems without hope, and from what is idle and not moving. Honor God with your faith, in His substance and in His life, and bring forth the harvest with His words by calling those things which are not, as though they were.
Dr. Candice Smithyman is the founder of Dream Mentors International, a Biblical life counseling and coaching educational organization that teaches and trains educators and coaches in the specialty of life coaching. She is also founder of the Glory Road Show, where she hosts weekly interviews which are seen on internet TV, Facebook, and her YOUTUBE channel. Her ministry website is available at http://www.candicesmithyman.com and http://www.dreammentors.org, where people people can become credentialed Biblical or transformational life coaches and receive Biblical and transformational life coaching for every area of their life. She is also co-founder of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida, along with her husband, Adam Smithyman, Sr. They have three married children.
There was one paragraph in this word that did it for me as it covered right where I have been for weeks now – “One word of warning as you endeavor to step out in your faith and declare and decree these promises of the past: The enemy wants you to doubt and not believe. He has set up a garrison against you, but be of good cheer, as this means your promotion is for real. Anytime the enemy chooses to stand up against you, the word on the inside of you has become a challenge to him, and you can be sure that what is on the inside of you will come to pass. Keep on declaring!”
I’ve been hanging onto a promise from God for nearly 4 years now and in the last couple of weeks the attacks against it have grown stronger and caused confusion and doubt and loss of hope. I have found that many people are going through the same thing in various ways. It is true that knowing others are in the same place helps you get through yours. This few sentences were just what I needed to know the enemy is worried about my promise enough to attack me repeatedly! It cleared any confusion and got rid of the doubt!