Vince Lombardi, one of the greatest professional football coaches of all time, coined the phrase, “Winners Never Quit, And Quitters Never Win.” On the heels of my recent prophetic blog post about the Parable of the Talents, I received a prophetic vision and dream which reinforce the theme of Don’t Quit! We must continue to run the race set before us.
There are short or lengthy seasons wherein revelatory downloads can be given to us in spiritual patterns. This seems to be the case lately where I’ve received dreams and visions using people’s names. Thus far, they have been people who I don’t know in real life, except for the doctor in my recent dream.
Earlier this week, the name Norma Jean Davenport, NJD, appeared in the Spirit. Following this, the wording “Don’t Quit!” was impressed upon me.
If your name is Norma Jean Davenport in real life, be encouraged, and may God richly bless you and your family!
“Literal meaning: A Rule; A Pattern or Precept
Suggested Character Quality: Examples of Godliness
Suggested Lifetime Scripture Verse: 1 Timothy 4:8, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”
“Literal meaning: God is Gracious
Suggested Character Quality: God’s Gracious Gift
Suggested Lifetime Scripture Verse: Isaiah 30:18,
“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.”
The surname Davenport:
“English: habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Davenport, from the Dane river (apparently named with a Celtic cognate of Middle Welsh dafnu ‘to drop’, ‘to trickle’) + Old English port ‘market town’.”
When I think of the word davenport, which is another name for an upholstered couch or sofa, it reminds me of a piece of furniture where you might recline in your living room. The name comes from a 19th century Massachusetts furniture maker, A.H. Davenport, and Company.
Nowadays, we refer to them as couches or sofas, but when I was growing up, they were called davenports.
Decoding NJD ~~ Norma Jean Davenport:
A pattern of Godliness through His gracious gift as we wait for His justice while periodically resting on a davenport.
When you study the combined meanings of these three names, what speaks to you?
Dr. Paula & The Prophetic Dream.
During the early morning hours of February 23, 2022, I received a short dream wherein I’d gone to see a doctor I know in real life named Paula. Much to my surprise, she said she needed to examine my legs which was not the reason for my initial appointment.
After looking at my legs, Paula didn’t say there was anything wrong with them.
End of dream.
“Literal meaning: Little
Suggested Character Quality: Dependent on God
Suggested Lifetime Scripture Verse: Psalm 73:28,
“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works.”
The prophetic symbolism for legs speaks of our spiritual walk; strength and power; support; and running our Christian race.
A doctor represents Jesus, the Great Physician; the need to seek God for healing; Holy Spirit balm; authority; or sickness.
Also, the healing Balm of Gilead is one of the symbols for a doctor. In ancient times there came from Gilead, beyond the Jordan River, a natural substance used for healing. It was derived from a tree or shrub and was a major commodity of trade in the ancient world. There are many substances used today which have been used from the natural realm such as Aspirin from willow bark.
When writing to the New Testament church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul questioned them, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) The prize to which he is referring is the crown of eternal life. (James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; 2 Timothy 4:8; and Revelation 2:10)
Patience is the key to running our eternal race per Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
The race that is set before us is an endurance race like a marathon, not a sprint. One of my brothers-in-law was a long-haul trucker for decades. We’ve got to stay in the kingdom of God for the long haul.
Don’t Quit! would be like sitting down instead of keeping running.
We need to keep walking out our lives daily with God and run the race that is set before us. It’s hard to run a race if we’re sitting on a davenport or couch!
Also, if we quit on God and do not depend upon Him, how can we declare all of His works and receive the promise of eternal life? (Paula’s Suggested Character Quality and Lifetime Scripture Verse of Psalm 73:28)
As we continue to testify what God has done for us and is presently doing, it stirs the hearts of believers and non-believers. It could well open the door of salvation for some who need to come into the kingdom of God before it’s too late.
Psalm 22:22 “I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.” (TLB)
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.” (Psalm 66:16)
Dr. Paula Dream Deciphered.
Drawing near to God, depending upon Him, declaring His works through our lives as we run the race set before us to receive the crown of eternal life.
The Holy Spirit is our Paraclete.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19) Who dwells within us (1 Corinthians 3:16).
John 14:26 (KJV) speaks of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
The word Comforter in the above verse is Parakletos Strong’s G3875, which has the basic meaning of “calling to one’s side” for help when needed.
Back to the prophetic dream where I’d gone to see Dr. Paula who examined my legs, with legs symbolizing our walk, the Holy Spirit is our paraclete Who walks beside us.
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. How many of you have felt like quitting lately as it pertains to the things God is calling you to do or complete? If so, have you been able to discern the reason(s) for this?
During some seasons of life, maturity is in the waiting.
The Maturity Is In The Waiting
#2. Are you waiting for some type of justice in your life (based upon the accompanying scripture verse for Jean’s name – Isaiah 30:18, “For the LORD is a God of justice.”)?
#3. James 4:8 reminds us to draw near to God, and He will draw near to us. When the storm clouds roll in, we definitely need to be near God. (Psalm 91)
#4. Pray and ask God to help you with boldness and encouragement, so you don’t quit.
#5. If you are continuing with your prophetic journaling, look up scriptures pertaining to encouragement and record them. Here are some to render assistance:
1 Samuel 30:6, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
#6. Faith, encouragement, and hope are three important spiritual triplets, so to speak. When we are running low on these, we can make withdrawals from our spiritual bank accounts, so we don’t become overdrawn.
Is there someone the Holy Spirit is laying upon your heart to whom you can gift some encouragement?
Quoting Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV)
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