Monday, May 14, 2018

God speaks to us in dreams part 2

In the previous post we spoke about how God speaks to us in dreams to warn us. Now we will explore how God speaks to in order to reassure us.

God uses dreams to reassure us

We have all heard of the dream Jacob had commonly referred to as "Jacob's ladder".  Jacob was fleeing the wrath of his twin brother Esau.  One night he had a dream where God reassured Jacob that He was with him by reaffirming the covenant He had made with his forefather's and how it will continue through Jacob's lineage.  This gave Jacob boost of faith that he needed to continue his journey.  

We also see this type of dream repeated in the life of Joseph where God shows him that he will be a great leader some day.  Even though this dream was decades away from being manifest, we see how it greatly encouraged Joseph.  

So the next time you have a dream, pay close attention to it.  Write it down and look to see if there is a Divine message in there for you.  

Saturday, May 12, 2018

God speaks to us in dreams Part 1

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God speaks to us in a variety of ways, one of them being dreams.  On my last post I stated how I had a dream that prompted me to search inwardly and ask God why I was feeling "stuck".  The dream revealed how getting off course effects different areas of my life.  Not only would it effect me, but it will effect the people God was bringing into my life.  Let's explore how God speaks to us in dreams.

God Warns Us Using Dreams:

The very first dream in the Bible was given to a king named Abimelech.  Here is a quick backstory, Abraham and Sarah was passing through a place called Gerar.  He was afraid of people killing him because Sarah, his wife, was so beautiful.  So he told Sarah to tell the people of the town that she was his sister.  Thus, King Abimelech took Sarah for himself.  God immediately warned Abimelech in a dream that he was a "dead man because Sarah is another man's wife".  In the dream King Abimelech replied to God "Would you kill an innocent man when he (Abraham) said to me himself that she is my sister?"  So God replied "Yes I know you are an innocent man, return Sarah to Abraham."  So in the morning the king arose and returned Sarah to Abraham.  Abraham also prayed for King Abimelech and his household to be healed because God had shut all of the women's wombs on behalf of  Sarah. The King also shared some of his wealth with Abraham as a parting gift.  There are other instances in the Bible where God warned people using dreams.  However, we will discuss in the next post how God uses dreams to reassure us that He is with us.  

Stuck

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It is 2:02 AM and I am up writing this article.  I just had a dream that prompted me to think about being stuck.  I prayed to God after I had the dream and asked Him how to I release myself from being "stuck".  

Well moments later He showed me an area of my life where I had been procrastinating and that was the source of my frustration.  Before I thought the discontentment was from outside factors.  However, it was all internal.  I had stepped away from my purpose and that was causing me to feel "stuck".    

So why did I step away from doing my purpose?  I did not realize how important it was and I thought it was just a hobby.  Sometimes things that we deem as being "hobbies" are actually an area where God is calling us to operate.  

So if you are stuck in life, look inward and ask God if you are doing everything He has called you to do at this moment.  It may be God trying to gently tell you to get back on track.  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Passover

      Wow, time really flies.  I realized that I haven't posted since December 2017.  I look up and it is almost April.  Happy Passover to all! 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Your goals for 2018

The New Year, 2018 is quickly approaching.  Write down your goals for the New Year while evaluating this pass year.  What important life changes did you experience?  Did you accomplish all of your goal?  If not, what steps would take to accomplish them in the upcoming year.  Are there any goals you may have to revisit, reframe, etc to have more success. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Renewing your mind and what to expect

 
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    A new year is coming up and I decided to start my resolutions early.  One of my areas was renewing my mind (Romans 12:2).  Renewing the mind is an active part of my life.  It is not something that I just "mentally do" but I actually have to cancel out negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.  Sometimes I would even write down my feelings and then reply to them by writing down the Word of God.  That is how I renew my mind.  I have been doing this several times a day.


   Do you know the first morning I started doing this by lunch time it was like all hell broke loose. Busy bodies were working overtime trying to feed my mind with frustration, doubt, and unbelief.  No one knew what I was doing, this mind renewal journal was between God and I.  However, within hours I start receiving negative news, text messages, etc.

  These are only distractions meant to knock you off off your square.  Do not give into them.  Stay the course!  

"Because the Lord God will help me; I am not disgraced:  Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know I will not be put to shame".  Isaiah 50:7  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Do Not Allow Anyone to Knock You off Your Square

"Your enemies will be right in your household!"  Matthew 10:36

     I always looked at a person's enemies as being someone on the outside.  Someone far away.  However, your enemies are often in your own households.

    Now when I say enemies I am not talking about a literal enemy.  But people close to you who are well-meaning often try to discourage you from accomplishing your goals in life.  More often than not, the road God is leading you down involves blind faith, trust in the Almighty God.  

   They often do not have a relationship with God so they do not understand why you are taking the road less traveled.  They may want to take the safe route, the route that their mind can conceive of.

   Even Jesus had to say to Peter "Get behind me Satan!" Matthew 16:23.  He then went on to say "you are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns".  

   This is powerful.  Most of our loved ones do not have the mind of God concerning our life.  They are on "survive" mode while God wants us to thrive.  They can often be a stumbling block to us, trying to get us to conform to their way of life.  They do not have in mind what God think, they only know what they think.  They only know human concerns, what you will eat, where you will sleep, etc.
However, God tell us not to even worry about that because He is our provider. Matthew 6: 31-34.

   In closing, hold fast to God and pay the opposition no mind.  Do not give up on your dreams, keep trekking forth.  It may be hard because they may live with you, but press into God and let Him fight your battle.  Only God can vindicate you.  Most importantly only He has the last word.

God speaks to us in dreams part 2

In the previous post we spoke about how God speaks to us in dreams to warn us. Now we will explore how God speaks to in order to reassure us...