Dreaming Dreams

God used dreams throughout the Biblical accounts of His interaction with mankind (Job 33:15-16; Acts 2:17). He spoke through dreams to Kings, prophets and Saints of old (Genesis 15:12, 17-18; 28:12, 37:5, 46:2; Daniel 7:1-9; 1 Kings 3:5).

He also used dreams with New Testament characters such as to calm Joseph’s fears about marrying Mary and to save Jesus from sure death (Matthew 1:20-21; 2:12-13, 19; Acts 2:17, 16:9-10, 18:9-10). Pilate’s wife dreamed that he should not condemn Jesus in spite of the insistence of the Jews (Matthew 27:19).

The Word of God makes it clear that God uses dreams in our life (Joel 2:28-31). He gives us wisdom, insight and guidance to bring a resolution of issues in our life.

In our sleeping state, our soul and spirit are still very active. They are less influenced by our issues, fears and insecurities, which plague us during our waking moments.

Through dreams, God often reveals to us His character, intentions and lessons that He wants us to learn.

He will use dreams to give us wisdom on puzzling experiences in our life, peace which transcends human reasoning and direction for some activity He calls us to perform.

Satan and our own soul can inspire dreams as well as God (1 John 4:1). They are often brief and unrealistic (Psalm 126:1; Isaiah 29:8). The interpretation of our dreams will never contradict the Word of God (James 1:5).

Sleep and dreaming restores our soul to equilibrium. If dreams badger us during our sleep, we can ask God to give our soul peace and allow us to enjoy uninterrupted sleep (Psalm 127:2).

As we dream about issues that need resolution, and which we ignore during our waking moments (Ecclesiastes 5:3), God heals our soul. Our spirit sings praises to God as we sleep and we often awaken to our soul singing and making melody in our heart to the Lord.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for giving us such a fail proof and complex brain that works like a computer as we sleep. It categorizes, files and works through issues which need resolution. Once we are Born Again, Your Spirit who abides in our spirit, will influence this series of chemical impulses and the outcome of this activity in our brain.

We would probably explode or self-destruct with the intensity of our anxiety and other negative emotions if You did not give us the ability to work out these issues in our dreams. You are our great and mighty God; and we can never thank You enough for Your vigilant care over each and every one of us in every facet of our waking and sleeping life.

Thought for the Day:
Dreams are tangible and helpful; they are made of memories, concerns, direction, hopes, vision and reality all rolled into one plot with several sub-plots and they influence the story of the rest of our life.

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We Will See Jesus – Part 2

Many people find God after the failure of all of their hopes and dreams, health and wealth, loss of family and friends, etc. How much better it is to come to Christ humbly, without any loss at all.

If we seek God for our own rewards, we have not found Him. We find a false Christ, the devil in disguise, and our works will burn up in the Day of Judgment like wood, hay and stubble (1 Corinthians 3:12-13; Matthew 24:24).

If we resent the work we do for the Lord, it is clearly birthed from our human efforts and not by obedience to His Spirit. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and peace (2 Corinthians 3:17).

God has no fellowship with darkness (1 John 1:6); so, when we indulge in sin, we separate our self from His life-giving presence (Romans 3:11). Yet, God became man to reconcile us back to Himself (Romans 5:10).

God humbled Himself and became lower than the angels in order to unite us forever with Himself (Hebrews 2:7). Turning in repentance from our carnal ways and walking in obedience to God’s Spirit is the guarantee that we will see Jesus (John 12:23).

In the disfiguring scourging, Christ no longer resembled a man. On the cross, He willingly gave His life for us all. Only in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ can we see the manifest essence of God (John 10:30).

Whatever we do, even as mundane as what we eat and drink, we do to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). No illicit sexual relationship, no intoxicating drink and no unwholesome food enters our body, which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Our ultimate purpose in life is to glorify God and to enjoy His attention on a continual basis as we walk in obedience with our entire body, soul and spirit. We find fulfillment in no other pursuit on this earth.

Prayer:

Father God, unless we become as little children, with simple trust and adoration for You, we will not enter Your Kingdom (Matthew 18:3). Our relationship with You is not some mystical union, but real and tangible in our spirit and soul (1 Corinthians 6:17).

As sinners, we recognize our need for salvation, and that redemption and sanctification only come through the presence of Christ in us (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3). Our powerful revelation of who You are stirs our heart with joy and our tongue with praise (Psalm 126:2).

Thought for the Day:

We achieve the most for God in acts of obedience, rather than sacrifice.

– Ecclesiastes 5:1; Ephesians 2:10

How to Prevent a Divorce

When people, joined by God in marriage, choose to divorce, there is understandably an immense amount of pain and brokenness, which affects both lives. Even the person who initiated the divorce will suffer trauma. Financial, physical and employment setbacks occur in both lives. Even the emotions in both parties are traumatized.

This may make no common sense; but in matters of the soul, it makes perfect sense. Our soul is divided into our mind, will and emotions, and all three are negatively affected by a divorce. We also have three ego states in our mind, called the Inner Parent, Inner Adult and Inner Child. The Inner Child of the person initiating the divorce will also experience shock and distress.

Even if the person really wants the divorce for various reasons, their Inner Child will still feel victimized. Their childlike nature, which needs nurturing, feels abandoned by the partner they are divorcing. They will often suffer feelings of rejection and abandonment right along with the person, which they no longer want to live with.

There are many unresolved issues in a relationship, which cause the marriage to dissolves into divorce. Years of underlying problems, formerly swept under the rug, are hanging in the air between the two parties. They blame each other, and some spouses are not willing to take any responsibility for the breakdown in the marriage.

We all have failings and idiosyncrasies, which may cause our partner to get weary and to wander. If we address these concerns instead of just giving up, we can find alternative methods of action. An equitable solution that is agreeable to both people will always improve the relationship. In humility, both partners can resolve the problems and allow God’s love to heal their wounds.

Truthfully, prior to any divorce, both partners need to forgive and to ask for forgiveness for the slights and issues they caused in the marriage. Mutual forgiveness will heal many injures, and may even prevent this drastic, unnecessary divorce. Then, there will be no more desire to separate, and the couple will joyfully end up growing old together.

Prayer:
Father God, our true fulfillment is found through service to You in our church and community, as well as in our marriage. We can serve our mate regardless of how we feel about them. In fact, we are serving You by serving them. This way we put our marriage in Your hands, relying on You to change us and our partner. You hate divorce and are not pleased with anyone who obtains a divorce without Biblical grounds for it (Matthew 19:9). Help us to bear one another’s burdens and to fulfill Your plans for our life (Galatians 6:2).

Thought for the Day:
Divorce divides us from the one, which we thought would share our hopes and dreams and grow old with us, and it forces us into the death of a relationship once birthed in love.