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A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

‘Follow me,’ Jesus told them, ‘and I will make you fishers of people’" – Matthew 4:19

Last week, the Lord gave me a dream where I was fishing. Instead of catching fish, I was catching crabs. This one little crab managed to jump off the boat and back into the water. I was so determined that this crab would not escape, that I jumped in after it. This crafty crustacean was fast! It started to swim to the bottom, and I was hot on its trail. It went into a cave, and as I was about to swim in after, a gigantic crab came out after me. You didn’t have to tell me twice! I high-tailed it out of there and swam back up to the surface.

When I awoke, I said “What was that all about, Lord?” And the Father responded “I made you to catch fish and not crabs.” Dag, Daddy! What’s really going on? I immediately went for one of my dream books, to learn that a crab symbolizes “ill-tempered, critical” (© 2010, Milligan, Understanding the Dreams You Dream). It was then that I realized the area of correction that God was bringing forth.

My heart was not right toward a number of the people that my fiancé had invited to our wedding. Many of the individuals that she invited were the same people, who, when they found out we were engaged, treated her very badly, said incredibly hurtful things to her, about her, and about me. A number of these people were folks she had poured into through ministry. And many others were her so-called friends.

I told her that I really didn’t want these people at our wedding, and eating up our food at the reception. Come on now family, don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about! :-). She said to me that our wedding was not about us, but about what God was doing through us. That our coming together was ordained by God (which it indisputably is), and because of this Godly union, that our wedding will be a place of repentance and remittance for many. I knew deep down that she was right.

Last year, we had three different prophets come to us, at various times, and bring forth the same Word of the Lord concerning us. These individuals didn’t know each other, weren’t familiar with our situation, and didn’t even live in the same cities—therefore, we knew it was from the Lord, as the confirmation was undeniable. The Lord needed us to be married because He has a ministry prepared for us, and this ministry would be indescribably beautiful. Our marriage would need to be finalized by the end of this year because of the timing and necessity of God’s plan and purpose. In obedience to Him, we submitted.

I say this to say that because of the sensitivity of our ministry, our hearts need to be absolutely pure, holding no ought or bitterness against anyone; nor holding on to any unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, or unmet needs. And these past many months have certainly been a painful cleansing of the heart, as God Himself needed to perform the necessary spiritual surgery: the circumcision of our hearts.

I have said before that broken cannot fix broken, and hurt cannot heal hurt. Sadly, there are too many broken ministers with broken ministries trying to bring healing and deliverance to the seeking; and regrettably, all they do is make a bigger mess, leaving these poor souls in a worse condition than before they came. When ministers refuse to submit to the circumcision of their hearts, they continue to operate from a broken place.

God will not tolerate this from our ministry—not even in the slightest way. This ministry He has entrusted to us and preparing us for, this indescribably beautiful ministry, is too important to God, because people are that precious to God; and they must be monumentally precious to us as well.

I remember discussing my displeasure about having these folks at my wedding with my son some months back; to which, my wise child with the mind of Christ replied: “Pops, even though Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, He still invited him to the last supper to give Judas an opportunity to repent.” His God-breathed words hit me right in my spirit.

And this leads me to the crabs. Whether you are married or single, or in a formal position of ministry or not, we all have a responsibility to have the heart of Christ. It’s easy to “act” right toward those who have abused you, but that’s just what it is: acting. Jesus didn’t “act” when He died a horrific and brutal death on the Cross for us. He loved us too much to put on a show.

It was the beautiful undefiled and pure heart of the Father that compelled Him to send His only beloved and begotten Son down from Heaven to save us. And it was the Father’s heart, beating within the Son, which kept Him on that Cross for every single person. It is this same heart that we must ask God to put within us.

We can’t have such a foul attitude that we are attracting and becoming focused on crabs, which are wrong attitudes (and if left unchecked, can overtake us in size and intensity and even consume us). Cultivating crabs in our heart will cause us to forsake our true calling, which is to show the ungodly and the unlovable that there is a place for them in the Father’s family. And when they are touched by the Father’s heart, they will be transformed into His image, leaving their outer shell where it belongs—in the Creator’s sea of forgetfulness.

Father, we repent for holding ought in our hearts. Forgive us for harboring defilement, which keeps us from demonstrating Your unconditional love, and drawing those who need Your loving-kindness the most. Help us, Holy Father, to release everyone who has ever hurt us over to You. Help us to keep our heart right. Like the psalmist King David, we cry out “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Break our hearts for what breaks your most amazing and forgiving heart. And help us to see people as You see them, through Your loving eyes. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we were created in Your Image, and we are a people after Your own heart. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow the Great Physician to perform the necessary spiritual surgery on your heart. Allow God to circumcise your heart, cutting away every hurt and offense that others have inflicted upon you. Choose to forsake your will for the Lord’s Will by submitting to Him. And continue to fight the good fight of fishing for the heart of the Father; for God, your Divine Catch, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.