Heard this week the difference between dreams & visions. The former is our goals for our life while the latter is God’s goals. God’s goals is always to know Him and make Him known. Does this mean our Dr dreams are sinful? Only if it goes against the Word of God. Do you really think we are so far from God that our dreams weren’t put there by Him in the first place? The book of Joel talks about old men having visions and young men dreaming dreams. The things you pursue in your fleshly sinful human nature God actually wants to give you. He just wants you to trust Him for it and make you Christlike in all you do. The Word says what’s not of faith is sin. He also says in His Word that you have the right to sacrifice those things for the Kingdom of God. In the pursuit of your goals and dreams it’s possible to lose sight of your vision which is God’s purpose for your life. You leave Him out and it has no meaning and you could lose your very soul.
Song of the day: Make It Happen/Mariah Carey
Everything starts in the mind. With faith it stops there for many. Nearly everyone knows God intellectually, but how many have a personal relationship that guides and directs their wills? The Spirit can also affect your emotions too. When you are depressed then life’s trials are keeping you from seeing God in your circumstances. God can use your emotions to lead you too. Depression can be God telling you to resolve an issue in your life. Taking medicine or using drugs/alcohol is just ways to self medicate or dull the pain and can cause you to ignore the issue. I read a Bible study recently where I learned the Greek word for witchcraft was pharmakeia. Enough said? With a vibrant faith in God, a simple lifestyle, good friends and family, the body can literally heal itself from the inside out. Sounds like salvation doesn’t it?
Song of the day: Suspicious Minds/Elvis Presley
The reason relationships are so difficult is the way we try to control each other. God controls us by directing our steps to fulfill His plans for us-which may be the desire of our hearts if our motives are right, as well as by working things out for the good of those that love God. Our way of trying to control is by manipulating people to accomplish our goals. More commonly seen in the business world with people’s jobs being threatened all the time. Religious institutions trying to establish rules and rituals just to get people to live right so they don’t embarrass the organization. The big one-scaring people with the concept of hell just to get people to trust God. Then they have a hard time trusting God because they see Him as a cosmic control freak out to limit their freedom. People get angry when they try to control people and realize they can’t. Some of us realize we have been letting people control us by not doing what we want. God didn’t give us free will to restrict us. Love doesn’t manipulate, or force you to do what you don’t want to do. Tell God your plans. He might not laugh since He’s probably the one that gave them to you. Sin is when you try to play God and “do it yourself”. You have the freedom to follow your dreams but God is the One who lines things up and makes things happen at just the right time which could line up with yours depending on how close you are to Him. In closing, if you are seeking God for anything outside of an intimate relationship (fear of hell or head knowledge) maybe repentance is in store.
You hear it everyday. People complain about how hard life is. My earthly father taught me that life is only as hard as you make it.
. Jesus tells us His commandments are easy and His burden is light. How can keeping over 600 laws be easy and light? Because they are summed up by loving God and each other.
When we get back to the basics and focus on
the relationship with our Creator we begin to supernaturally fulfill the requirements of the law without trying. Maybe that’s what Paul meant when he said pursue the law by faith. Any area you struggle with is an area you haven’t given to God yet. While you are dwelling in your “addiction”, keep in mind the Word says now is the day of salvation. You are not promised tomorrow and if you don’t die young you will be old before you know it. Don’t forfeit the abundant life Jesus calls you to live by “struggling” thru life just barely getting by.
Ever think society has too many rules? We can’t keep up with all of them and when you overlook one you get punished. Some think God is all about rules when He’s actually all about relationships. When you trust God and put Him first the Spirit leads you into all righteousness and you obey God’s commandments supernaturally. The only rules we need are to love God first and to love others as ourselves. We have to love ourselves too and be comfortable with who we are. If we try to love God and others without taking care of our own needs we can become codependent. In closing, it’s hard to love yourself when you are undervaluing and condemning yourself by telling yourself how bad you are rather than knowing who you are in Christ.
In Proverbs it says to guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. Jesus taught that whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart and that is what makes us unclean. Our heart determines the course we will take in life. This is not our physical heart. The heart refers to our mind, will, and emotions. When we lean on our own understanding our heart can deceive us and lead us into temptation; and without God we will fall on our faces if we get ahead of Him. When we trust God with all our heart then He leads us into our destiny by opening doors no man can open. However we still have to do our part and take responsibility. If we fail to do this we won’t get what we want out of life. Some people blame God for missed opportnities because they believe if it was His will it would have happened anyway. When you factor out human responsibility you acknowledge God for the blessings but likewise blame God when your fail to acheive something that could have worked if you had put some effort into it. You also have to be careful not to let your feelings and emotions rule you. This is why many marriages end in divorce. People wait to “feel’ like they are in love, then they get married, and within 5 years their feelings change and they don’t ‘feel’ in love anymore so they get divorced. Allowing your emotions, such as fear and anxiety, to rule you can lead to a host of mental illnesses which will enslave you to the System which tells you that you have a chemical imbalance and you need lifelong medicines for stability. In closing, what is your heart leading you to do? Pray about it, seek first the kingdom of God to discern what you are being led to pursue, then once you receive confirmation from the Spirit-’git ‘er ‘dun!