I woke up this morning after a Dream, wherein I saw myself exercising and teaching people to create their own journey.
In the Dream, I saw the face of my Aunt Joyce, who is in her 90’s now. Not long ago, I had contact with her, because The LORD had spoken to me that I needed to give thanks with a grateful heart to her, because she truly had been (unknowing to her) a role model for me.
In my Dream, while I was exercising, I heard her voice speaking to me, “Never give up!” “Never stop thinking ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!'”
In my Dream, I was in a scene with women of different ages, and I was teaching exercise, while talking about the joy of seeing yourself in health.
At the beginning of the Dream, I saw myself in the bed, waking up and doing movements of stretching exercises in the bed.
So when I got up to go juice my celery juice, I was laughing out loud as memories of when I was younger were flooding the corners of my mind.
As I am writing this, I realize The LORD is using that Dream to relay a part of my story to encourage each one who reads this, that they are unique and their heart will have a different story and opportunity to run your race for the JOY, He has set before you!
When I grew up, my mother put me on the stage as a child model when I was three years old, and started me in dancing classes when I was four years old, so that was my small beginning that led me to be a professional dancer and have a dancing school teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and fitness exercises to women for years.
Little did I know then that He — The LORD — was saving my last dance for a ‘Dance with Jesus‘!
As I was reflecting on this, The LORD said, “I was speaking to you in your Dream and reminding you that I had given you the keys to longevity long ago, when I taught you that you are what you eat and you must keep your body active and moving.
I AM bringing to your memory, that when you were nine years old and I came into your heart, the first thing I taught you was to put My Word into your heart.
If you will take a moment and remember, the first Scripture you memorized was “Make a joyful noise unto The LORD” in Psalm 100. I was training you then for the journey of your heart.”
What an amazing God, Who writes every detail on our hearts that He wants us to be! He is indeed always creating vessels meant for the Master’s use.
At as early age, He was writing it on my heart that I would desire to serve Him with gladness — and I totally realize He has given me the desire of the first Word that He placed in my heart.
He then said, “Beloved, It is The Master-key to living — to open your heart to joy as you start your day.
I went to The Cross for the Joy that was set before Me.
You must see the Hope of Joy unspeakable break forth when you carry out My Word, knowing that you control what your think — and what you think controls what you say — and what you say controls what you cause to come to pass!” says The Only Wise God.
Beloved, I suddenly had a Vision of myself dancing with The LORD, as I meditated on that Scripture.
I was taken back to my childhood, where I played in The Churchyard on a large rock. The Church was across the street from the small hotel I grew up in with my Nana and my mother.
I say this to you today, that all my friends had houses with yards, and in my eyes, they had everything!
I know now that what I saw as ‘lack’ then, was not lack at all. It was my first encounter with comparing myself with others.
I now know that we — each one — are a unique creation being fitted for His use, and He formed each piece of my life in His own way.
I am grateful that He was my wonderful Father then, and at that time the only father I had in my life.
He even symbolically allowed me a playground, where I had to plant my feet on The Rock of my Salvation — and gave me a Sunday School teacher to teach me to memorize and hide The Word in my heart, and said to me. “First, make a joyful noise of excitement as you believe The Word your are memorizing!”
That truly was the small beginning that has kept me through darkness, divorce, losses, and heart rending experiences.
It was also the joy that was planted in me at ten years old — the desire to go to Israel — swim in the Dead Sea — and walk the streets of Jerusalem — knowing I was walking where my Jesus walked.
It was many years later, but my Singaporean Pastor took me there and God fulfilled that desire which He gave me as a child.
My Nana was raped, badly beaten, and robbed in that same hotel many years later. Just when I thought I was finally going to do something ‘important’ for The LORD to answer His call on my life, I heard that familiar Voice say, ‘This is your assignment — to take care of your Nana.
She was an orphan in her childhood, later abandoned by her husband, and I will never leave her or forsake her now.”
I can tell you, at first I “questioned” and “didn’t get it” — and thought I had missed my Calling. But I can truly say to you, as I opened my heart to The Joy set before me, it ranks high on the list of the most important assignments The LORD has ever given me.
After she died, I had no money, nothing but a few faithful friends and a desire to go to The Nations. My ‘boss’ Jesus said, “It’s time to go!”
I said, “I have no money!”
I share this only to say, the second most important thing I learned and treasure to this very moment is — it is not about money!
The LORD then continued to speak to me about ‘why we see the joy set before us’.
He said, “I AM exposing The Truth about the intentions of your heart.” This is what He has imparted to me regarding the intentions of our hearts.
He said, “There are many important issues of the heart that you must understand before the final chapter of your book is written.
I AM revealing the intentions of the hearts of some — and also their actions — in these times of great heartbreak, to protect My People from pointing the finger at things they see in others.
When they point their finger, it is coming out of the pride of their own heart, and results in passing judgment.
When they set that Law in motion, it results in Judgment returning to them in some way.
I remind you to keep a Heart of Love, and guard it well, so that you do not fall into the trap of self that is demonstrating a desire for control. It is the enemy’s set trap for all the world.
Remember that the intentions of someone’s heart are being revealed through their lack of integrity and honesty, when they speak cruel things that hurt you to the very core of your being.
Beloved, they are acting out the problem in their own heart.
The spirit of betrayal has entered many hearts today. It is rampantly raging all across the world.
That betrayal spirit is rooted in jealousy, competition and a hardened heart,” says The LORD who is Love.
I hear The LORD say in this moment, “My daughter, I always put first things first.
The world is starving for Love. Their love of money has produced gross greed.
I AM continuing to teach you to open your heart to JOY, so that you are enabled to ride the waves of self-serving love and the love of money, that is destroying the world today.
If you never see it My Way, you will never do it My Way.
If you think like the world, you will live like the world. If you live like the world, you will die like the world.”
In the early Charismatic Movement, I had the privilege of receiving teaching from Derek Prince, Bob Mumford and Costa Deir, just to name a few who totally impacted my life with Truth!
Derek was the one whom The LORD chose to lay hands on me to receive the baptism of The Holy Spirit. Bob Mumford, who is 96 years old, is still alive and active today. (Lifechangers Ministry).
I was brought back to a section in his book, “In the Face of Temptation” as I have been praying for the world and The Church in this season and I felt to share this from his book.
During these trying times of chaos and mixture in The Church, I have been led to go back to my roots and this book was a life-changer for me.
There is much I could bring in here, but this is paramount to what The LORD wants to say today about ‘Opening our heart to Joy’!
Dictionary Definitions from Oxford Languages
Paramount /ˈperəˌmount/ adjective
1. more important than anything else; supreme.
“the interests of the child are of paramount importance”
“When I first understood that God was calling me to the ministry, I went through a wonderful period of joy in His presence.
I thought, this is wonderful. I am going to serve God and He will be right next to me for the rest of my life.
Then I lost the feeling of God’s presence and plunged into a time of conflict, fears and doubts.”
In his book, he tells a story about a bride and bridegroom who just got married, that I will never forget.
Right after the ceremony, the bridegroom leaving the ceremony, said to his bride. ‘Honey, I don’t feel married, do you?’
She quickly said, ‘Dear, you better adjust your feelings to fit the facts! Believe me, you ARE NOW married!”
Beloved, as I penned this, The LORD so softly said to me, “Remind My People that there will always be periods when they don’t ‘feel’ My Presence — because I do not want them to learn to depend on their feelings.
‘Feelings can be fickle’ — but I want them to know that My Promises are true to the end, and My Word will always stand and never fail them.
I was with My Children in the wilderness, and I AM always with you.
When you cannot feel Me, I AM working trust in your heart.
I desire to see you walk in the Joy that I placed in your heart when you first embraced My Love.
There will be many opportunities in life that will test your heart — so keep your heart by opening your heart to Joy, as I open your eyes to see the Joy that awaits you as a result of your obedience,” says The LORD of all.
“I speak to you now as My Harvesters,” says The LORD of all the earth.
“It is time to listen with an open heart for the Joy set before you, in Harvest Time.
It is My Joy to see you go forward with deeper understanding and revelation. For those who have ears to hear and a teachable heart, are going forward in the midst of separating the tares from the wheat.
Receive the joy I AM releasing into your heart today, as you listen with an open heart to embrace your end-time Call to take My Healing to the hurting world.
Reach out and love the unlovable, forgive the unforgiving, watch and pray and take care not to fall in the trap of the enemy to point the finger of judgment for My Laws are put in place and they change not,” says The Savior.
“Know that you are entering a time when Miracles shall abound, death shall come quickly, My Living Water shall flow freely and clean the earth and the people and Harvest time will astound even the very elect!
So I adjure you today to hear the warning My Prophet Isaiah said long ago, quoted here from.”
“Although they listen carefully to everything I speak, they don’t understand a thing I say. They look and pretend to see, but the eyes of their hearts are closed. Their minds are dull and slow to perceive, their ears are plugged and are hard of hearing, and they have deliberately shut their eyes to the truth. Otherwise they would open their eyes to see, and open their ears to hear, and open their minds to understand.Then they would turn to me and I would instantly heal them.” Matthew 13:14-15 TPT
May your hearts receive a portrait today of the Joy set before you in your Call to serve The LORD in this hour, for The LORD has come to say, “I AM here and ready to fill your hearts with true Delight to run your race and finish well, as you open your hearts to receive new JOY!”
~ Sandi Holman
Sandi Holman was called to the nations as an End-Time Handmaiden in 1984 with Gwen Shaw and served with YWAM Singapore and YWAM Charlotte in missions. Sword of The LORD Ministries came from a divine encounter with The LORD when He came into her prayer room and said, “I have come to put a sword in your hand and was given special instructions on how and when to use it.” She is an author, Prophetic Intercessor and Seer, Chaplain, Teacher, Speaker and Equipper, and Blogger who has also served as a Pastor Online with Beyond the Veil Ministries.