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June 2022
Significant Beginnings 

In the month of June, God is drawing people to His Presence and reminding us that He is our safety and security. He has called His people for such a time as this and is inviting us to take small action steps, to re-anchor ourselves in hope, and to put our full trust in Him–no matter what is happening in the rest of the world. Be empowered to trust Him and do your part to influence the world around you. You are significant and your voice has the power to change the world. It’s time to take steps of courage and of faith. 

No Such Thing as Insignificant
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.”
Zechariah 4:10 NLT 

Recently, I was at Costco searching for two of my favorite items. Unable to find them, I talked to an employee and they suggested I put in a request for the products to come back. It was a simple experience but it got me thinking. How often do we complain about a situation without taking any action? This isn’t the first time I’ve been frustrated when one of my favorite items has disappeared from stores–but it’s the first time I’d considered doing something about it. 

So often we experience frustrations that feel out of our hands. We can feel overwhelmed by the size of a problem, so we choose to do nothing rather than taking the small step in front of us that we are able to take. It’s easy to feel like we won’t make a difference, so why even try? But our actions are significant. There is always something we can do. We simply need to remember  we have the ability to influence the world around us and be willing to take the often inconvenient action to bring about change. 

Throughout history, God often chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). He didn’t always use a large army to win a battle–sometimes used those who seemed insignificant. He reduced the size of Gideon’s army to three hundred men. He told the Israelites to sing into battle with King Jehoshaphat. Both times, God’s power brought about victory. God chose David, the youngest and most insignificant to be king. In essence, God’s ability is far more powerful and significant than yours or mine alone. His favor can open doors before you that no man can shut.

 God is inviting us to partner with Him. If you have felt small or insignificant, this word is for you. 

Ask God to lead you into your action step.

Maybe it is taking one small step or rallying other people to also take that same small step.  Maybe it’s signing a petition, filing a complaint or a suggestion,  volunteering at your local election polling station, maybe it’s writing to your representative or senator about how you feel about some legislation.  Or maybe it’s speaking the truth from whatever platform God has given you (social media, your Mom’s group, your book club, etc.).  

He is leading you in things that you’ve been contending for and showing you you are significant, and what you do does make a difference.  You are NOT INSIGNIFICANT and God has given you a voice to speak for a reason. 

 You plus God equals a majority.

For Such a Time As This
"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4.14

I think everyone can admit that the past two years have been unlike anything we’ve seen before.  

We are truly living in unprecedented times. Bare shelves, riots, masks, skyrocketing inflation, exposure of corruption, talk of coming food shortages, supply chain disruptions, truckers on strike, war between Ukraine and Russia, protests, losing loved ones, looting, talk of coming economic collapse, division, uncertainty, and mandates…it’s overwhelming. In so many ways, it can feel like we’ve been transported into an alternate reality or a novel from a dystopian future.  This is certainly not the world that I grew up in.  As much as many of us have longed for things to return to normal, we have been chosen by God to be alive for just this time.  Acts 17.26 tells us that God “marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” That means that He’s given us what we need to live during this time–and we get to tap into it.  When things feel hard (as they often do right now), pray that the Holy Spirit would increase your discernment and that the “eyes of your heart would be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you” (Ephesians 1.18). Trust that God is at work in your heart and mind as you’ve asked Him to be.  Then, when you receive some unsettling news, ask God to show you the truth so that you can partner with Him, the Spirit of Truth (John 16.13). 

 For example, perhaps you go to the store and they’re out of your staple food item that you need (or multiple staples you need). Rather than getting depressed or frightened that you won’t have enough, ask God to show you the truth.  God’s word tells us over and over that He is our Provider. He clothes the lilies of the field and provides for the birds of the air. Therefore, will He not do the same for us?  Make that into a declaration and speak it out in faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10.17). Declare “God is my provider and I shall not want!”  Expect God to provide for you. Scripture says  that He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10.23).  In whatever situation you find yourself, do what you can to be a responsible, good steward, but also know that you don’t have to do it all yourself, for you are a child of the Most High God.  

 God is meeting you as a Good Provider and He is also increasing  your faith–however, this is a partnership! You also are responsible for building up your faith. God’s word says it only takes the faith of the mustard seed -which is incredibly small (Matthew 17.20) to move a mountain. Have faith that He’s got you in the palm of His hand.  Read Psalm 91 as often as necessary.  Trust that He will meet you as you’ve asked Him to, and that He’s always speaking.  

If you have been feeling hopeless about the state of the world, this word is for you.  You may be paralyzed by fear, anxiety or panic–don’t believe the bad reports!  For every negative headline, God has a solution.  But you must actively pursue truth in order to find what it is.  

Turn off the news and focus on what God is doing.  Surround yourself with truth tellers.  Trust that He will meet you as you’ve asked Him to, and that He’s always speaking.  Guard your heart and your mind and  do your best to take every thought captive.  Speak truth over your situation and don’t get caught up in your feelings.  Be careful what you speak with your mouth. Bring your words in alignment with the truth of God’s Word. Your words are powerful and create atmospheres, therefore be intentional to speak life!   You have been called for such a time, therefore live with this purpose and intention.

Focused Trust
“You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.”
Psalm 91.5-7 

Most of us love a sense of safety and security and we invest in things that give us the level of security we think we need. There are many things we can add to our lives to  make us feel secure–things like a security system, a gate around our property, certain relationships, financial investments and or money in the  bank.  Although there is merit in being a good steward of what God has given to us, we must also be careful not to put our security in these things instead of God.  The reality is that God is the one who protects us.  God is the one who provides for us.  We must be rooted and anchored in Him so that when the storms come we aren’t sleeping safely because we have a security system set or cushy savings account, but rather we know the One who  holds us in the palm of His hand.  We can rest in the security of knowing that no matter what comes, He is with us.  No matter what comes, He will take care of us.  When we are able to take our eyes off of our fears and put our faith and belief in trusting God, the circumstances around us shift to align with the reality of heaven.  

God is inviting us to take our eyes off the distraction, the external threats,  and the things that make us afraid. He is inviting us to put our hope, our trust, and our belief in Him above all.  If you have been battling anxiety and fear, this word is for you.  If you’ve been experiencing uncertainty and upheaval in your life, take heart.  Uncertainty may have brought fear about the future, but God is the God who holds your future and your present.  

If you are struggling to take your eyes off of your fears  then shift your focus to the promises in God’s word.  Psalm 91 is a great place to start.  Read it out loud until you believe it.  Write out declarations of hope and faith to read over yourself everyday until you renew your mind with truth. Build up your faith!! 

Safe & Secure
"Because you loved me, delighted in me, and have been loyal to my name, 
I will greatly protect you.
I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will feel my presence
in your time of trouble
I will deliver you and bring you honor.
I will satisfy you with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Psalm 91.14-16 (TPT)

During times of uncertainty, we can get caught up on all the unknowns. However, dwell on the truth of scripture and God’s character. Psalm 91 is a beacon of hope, comfort and reassurance.   Take time to reflect on what God tells us He will do for us. Throughout this Psalm (which Jewish tradition ascribes to Moses as author, compiled by David), the author reveals characteristics of God. It speaks of how we are hidden in His strength (v. 1).  He is our hope and stronghold that shelters us (v.2). He will rescue and protect us from everything that could harm us: false accusation, deadly curses, demonic danger, powers of evil, illness, disaster, stumbling. This doesn’t mean that we will never experience adversity, rather God is with us and will protect us through every challenge.

In the last three verses, the Psalmist  explains that because we have loved Him and delighted in Him and been loyal to His name He will: protect us, answer every cry for help, allow us to feel His presence, deliver us and bring us honor, satisfy us with a full life so that we might enjoy the fullness of His salvation.  Basically, these verses are the promise of God’s protection and covering, the promise that God will dwell with those who love Him and protect His children from evil. This doesn’t mean we’ll never experience adversity, challenges, or danger, rather that God is with us and will cover and protect us. Hold onto these promises when you experience fear and anxiety over your safety.

 This month, God is reminding us of all of the promises He’s made to us in His word.  He is highlighting Psalm 91 during this time as a reminder of what He promises to do when we’re afraid, or we are facing challenges, illness, and hard times.  

 If you have found yourself more focused on the size of the problem you’re  facing than God’s ability, this word is for you.  You may have been battling anxiety, fear, sleeplessness, panic attacks, illness, or stress but God is bringing you peace through His Word.  Without knowing it, you   may have been giving more voice to lies than to truth.

When you feel anxiety or fear coming on, stop and spend time in God’s presence.  Ask Him to reveal the truth to you and ask Him to allow you to encounter His presence.  Meditate on the truth found in Psalm 91. Read it daily  until it soaks into your heart and the truth of it bypasses the lies you’ve been believing.   Memorize it and meditate on it until it transforms your mind.  


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Written by Anne E. Ballard

                 

At The Crowning Jewels, it's our desire and our mission to bring encouragement, to build others up, and to bring comfort to people’s lives (1 Corinthians 14.3). Each month our founder, Anne, asks the Lord what He’s doing in the coming month and for any words of encouragement He might have for His people. We believe that prophetic words need to be encouraging and edifying. Moreover, with a corporate prophetic word, not all words are applicable to all people. If our words bless you, please take hold of them and apply them in your own life. If it’s not specific to you, please pass it on to someone else who might be blessed.

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DECLARATIONS

We at The Crowning Jewels believe in the absolute, transformational power of declarations. We know that truth comes by hearing (Romans 10.17), and speaking truth is an active way for us to renew our minds (Romans 12.2). We invite you to partner with what God is doing and say these declarations for the remainder of the month. We would love to hear what God does! Please email us your testimony at tellyourstory@thecrowningjewels.com.

June Declarations:

    1. I am significant and my voice changes the world
    2. I have been chosen by God for such a time as this 
    3. I am placing my trust  in God above any external thing
    4. God is my safety and my security 
    5. I am anchored in hope
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