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On awakening from this dream

and vision of God's designs,

Mordecai thought deeply about the matter,

trying his best all day

to discover what its meaning might be.

Esther (1:12)

Linda- January 2024 - Happily, although this passage is not contained in the Hebrew text, the Church has accepted this Greek version, giving us, first of all, an insight into the very real place dreams have in our spiritual walk with the Lord, but also giving us insight into what must be done once we have received a "word" from God, be it through a dream or any other source.

The best guidance we have in the bible is from Mary, Our Lady, the mother of Jesus; "As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).  Mary pondered the words from God mediated through the angel Gabriel, she pondered the shepherd's words and the magi's words and this produced an incredible amount of fruitfulness in her life.

When we receive a message from God, even through a simple dream, we must do as Our Lady and Mordecai did; we must ponder the "word", confess it, declare it into the very fabric of our life so that it can become flesh.  When we declare the word, we are actually moving in great faith and become co-creators with God because this word becomes an agent of change in our life circumstances.  We don't want to be like Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, who, when he received the angel's word, doubted in his heart and was therefore made mute. Strangely enough, this muteness was a gift imposed upon him by the Lord, because being mute, Zechariah could not speak words of unbelief against the plan of God. When the time came for Zechariah and Elizabeth's son to be circumcised, Zechariah wrote down the name that God had chosen and it was at that moment that his power of speech returned.  He chose to go against the usual Jewish tradition of naming his son after his own name and instead, chose to affirm the plans of God. (See Luke 1: 5-25 and 59-66).

As the scriptures say, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).  We are free to chose either one through our very words, in order to create or destroy.  When God gives us a dream, pondering the message, believing in it and declaring its message aloud brings about a wealth of good fruit. In Mordecai's case, we see the end results in Esther chapter 10.  When we treasure the "word" of the dream message, and believe that God has a purpose in our life for that word, there is a much greater likelihood that this word "will come to pass".

For those who are interested in learning about Mordecai's dream, please click here: "Mordecai's Dream".

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