My Journey with the Lord: A life of Adventure

My greatest goal of my life is to lead a life of adventure and this means any things to me from pursuing good, spreading love, and facing evil.  I love a good adventure movie and I believe we can learn a lot from some movies or stories.  When I was a kid, I dreamed very vividly and I would write down my dreams and turn them into stories because I didn’t know what else to do with them.  I did not know that God communicated with people in dreams, and I had been to church, but I didn’t know that you could learn to talk to God etc…  I do believe that the Christian life is the true Adventure full of obstacles, finding the lost, saving a world being overcome by evil, living a life of love and purity, and as I became an adult I learned that God can speak to us in dreams and in many ways.  How God speaks to us is like our own secret language with Him. “For our ears only” type of thing.  I do not go into a lot of detail about what I see and experience in my dreams, but I have learned many things from them about why God is doing something or allows something to happen, what is going on in the world around me, what love is and is not, and just life lessons in general and what directions to take at certain points in my life.  If I could share anything with everyone in the world- it would be my faith- my relationship with the Lord, how special He makes me feel and how He talks to me.  My blog is my effort to do just that.  I try to only share exactly the thoughts that come in my head as far as they agree with scripture, and the parables from my dreams.  One particular thing i wrote down was on 1-15-2019, and I wasn’t sure for a long time if I should share this stuff, but in my dream I did, and I had an interesting conversation with my mom that made me believe it was ok.  So as far as truth, I will try to communicate what i gleaned from this particular parable dream.  These are the exact words from my journaling that day:

” The real truth is we are in a war zone (spiritual), but we are able to overcome when we realize our own abilities.  That is what evil seeks to destroy us knowing what we are capable of.  Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain.  We are capable of facing giants, destroying strongholds and helping the lost or searching.  We have to change things by choice-an act of the will.  When we realize our own capabilities/abilities we are capable of accomplishing anything.  Set your minds on what is good.”

Those are the exact words that I wrote down, and a few other notes from that day include:  People live in a dream world, we are all guilty of living in our own little world at times, we live in a world controlled by evil, but I have the power within me to overcome it.

In truth, we all have the same power if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in your heart, we all have the power to overcome.  This place is not our home.  We are on a journey home, and in the process we are meant to learn to truly love and be love to others.  We are Christ’s hands and feet in this world.  We are meant to share Him.  When Christ lives in us and we live in Him then we are His living word in the world.  We are meant to live it!!! Not just talk about it, read it, or attend services.  That is not all there is to it!  I challenge you to LIVE IT!  Live the verses you read everyday:  FEED THE HUNGRY, FREE THE OPPRESSED, FIGHT EVIL, TAKE CARE OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS, LOVE OTHERS!  The true Christ followers are the CHURCH.  We literally have the Holy Spirit inside of us.  Church is not something you do, it is something that you are!  I hope this encourages you!  Pray over it, study, speak to the LORD!  Love to all!

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My Journey with the Lord: Keep Silent or Share?

Something I have struggled with since I have really begun to hear from the Lord is when to share a word and when to keep silent.  It is the same with my “opinion.”  We live in a world saturated with opinions- generation bashing and blame.  We have 1000’s of ways to “share” now, but do not worry about silence only being heard.  Is there more value in silence?  I am sure that I do not have the entire answer on this subject, but I can share what I have learned this morning on the subject.  Too make a long story short, I ended up on a website called deeptruths.com and unlocking the Bible.  The sites stood out to me in my research because the elements they contained were elements from my dream that only God could lead me to.  I believe this with all my heart. The gist of the first lesson is from the article “Knowing when to speak and when to keep silent.”  The Points that stood out to me paraphrased:

Boldly speak the truth in love, but avoid speaking in anger.  There are always consequences to words said when you are angry.

“So when we eventually stumble into speaking harshly or are tempted to avoid speaking from fear, we can rest on Christ’s perfect record on our account and move forward with this assurance and motivation.”  This is a direct quote from the second website and article mentioned above, and it was my dream elements (symbolism from my dreams), but in word form (if that makes sense).  In all honesty, it scares the bananas out of me to share what I am learning sometimes or to even tell people that I can hear the Lord.  I have been mocked, snubbed, ostracized etc… just for speaking about spiritual experiences and telling people that God gives me dreams.  All I can say with any certainty is that sometimes (more often than not) I might speak out of turn, or not speak when I should.  Social media is the worst where political opinions run rampant, and God’s word is taken out of context.  So I usually try to just avoid politics all together, but in so doing, I may have not shared correctly what the Lord has communicated to me on the subject, so this is my effort to correct that mistake.  It is from several dreams or night visions and it is usually just one word sentences that hold a lot of meaning- of which I will not add on to to my best ability.

Several months ago, He showed me an old house (a single wide manufactured home) balanced over two cliffs with a valley below, and the house was painted like the American flag.  I drove beneath the house hoping that it would not collapse until I was safely on the other side.  It meant “a divided house will never stand”

In last night’s dream, my research led me to the phrase “Birth of a new generation.”  All I can do is tell you what it means to me and what I learned from it about what is going on in the world and what evil is trying to do.  So we are in seeing the birth of a new generation, and you can’t change that fact.  Instead of blaming and bashing and all the other things we do, look at what is happening behind the scenes.

There used to be a term “on the fence” which meant, to a Christ Follower, that you were lukewarm- you were deciding who you wanted to follow and trying to do just enough to get by, but not enough that you had to sacrifice any comfort and you still lived in the world.  Well this generation (again what I got from my dream), is trying to go under the fence (not over or around, but under).  So from under the fence, I felt the word “undermining.”  Of course, I had to look up the meaning because we do not always know what we think we know.

Undermining: the action or process of lessening the effectiveness, power, or ability of someone or something especially gradually or insidiously.

This really spoke to me because what i see is what evil is doing in the world today- Removing God.  It is using people to paint a bad picture of who God is or abolishing the mass’s ability to learn about who God truly is.  If you were evil, how would you lead a revolution?  Well, in my opinion, you would start by destroying another person’s credibility, influence and then decreasing their power or effectiveness.  (This is what evil is doing right now in the world).  he takes our eyes off Jesus- the author and finisher of our faith.

I believe this is happening not only by the loss of basic freedoms concerning faith, but also by distracting believers by putting their minds on the things of this world (world system).  The real battle begins with us and our walk with Christ, then the influence of us on others around us, and then spreading love.  In all my studies, God has shown me that a forced love is not love, and to take away people’s right of choice is to force them to do something.  He has shown me that He is pure unadulterated love so much so that our minds can barely fathom that kind of love without Him in our hearts to understand it.  God does not force His way into people’s hearts and neither can we force Him on others.  They must choose, but for them to choose “someone has to tell them (Romans 10:14-15).”  It is our job to share love, share Jesus, and walk the walk.  It is not our job to convince them but to share with them in love.  You do not always have to agree with someone to love them.  God loves us and we do a million things wrong daily.

In closing, Pray over this and I hope it encourages the readers.  I also hope it opens your eyes to what is happening around you.  evil is very sneaky and it can invade masquerading as good, but do not be fooled and get stuck in the wrong fight.  Make sure you are fighting the good fight- love- how God has loved you, how Jesus changed your life, and how He can change theirs.

 

My Journey with the Lord: Words October 31, 2018

So yesterday I had this very vivid dream that I won’t go into a lot of detail about.  Basically I knew I was dreaming in the dream, but, of course, in the dream landscape- the people I was with did not know they were not real.  It was actually a very unsettling and scary dream that was set in the future. We were on the run from people because we would not conform to the new world system, but the people chasing us were from like the 13th century.  So here is the understanding and the word:

“The Future is happening now.  History is being made.  It is surely happening.  The past is in the future.  The prophecies of the Bible written in the past are our future.  History is now.  The future is being made.  Future is unfolding in History.  History is of the future.  History is chasing us down in the future.  The future was but a dream.  We are living the dream.  While some people are living in a dream world.  Some will conform.  Others are on the run or will be.  Some will be hunted down.  Fear.  The days of our past are the future.”

I implore anyone who has their Bible on a shelf to get it down, and get right with the Lord.  There is no better time than now.  Pray over this with me.  I love you guys  and God bless all!

My Journey with the Lord: Sharing what we Learn

You know I am just like any other Christian- prone to stumbling, confusion, and irritation.  I struggle with issues in my life, and pray and study to make sure that I am on the right path.  As I learn, I realize that we are all in this together, and that often the things that I go through- so do others.  Here is an article this morning that really helped me, and I hope it helps some of my readers as well.

http://www.thinke.org/blog/mature-christian

My Journey with the Lord: Making it Count

A few weeks ago, we talked about complacency in our Christian walk and today our theme is “making it count.”  Perhaps, you are reading this and saying “making what count?”  Well I mean life in general.  Everyone in the world whether they admit it or not wants their life to count for something.  As we age, we realize that we want to leave a legacy.  It may be a “bad boy/girl” legacy, a good family man/woman, a hard worker, a savvy business owner etc, but what ever it is (and whether or  not we admit it out loud or to ourselves), we want our lives to have had a meaning- a purpose.  Think of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life Book, and you will be starting to catch my drift.  Now if you are a Christian then you know that the legacy we are to leave is one of building God’s Kingdom, and Glorifying Him with our lives.  My question to my readers is simple:  How are you making it count today?  What legacy are you working on? We all only have one life to live, and once the game is over- IT”S OVER!  There are no “extra lives” like in the new Jumanji movie.  There are no “do-overs.”  My fear for people is that most of them “put off” living for God until later.  They put Jesus “on a shelf” for when they have more time.  What if you run out of laters?  Why aren’t you living for Him now?  I notice a growing trend among older people called “regret.”  You become advanced in age, and you realize that all the “stuff” you worked for- new cars, new houses, vacations, the latest gadget – all of that holds no meaning.  You can’t take it with you!  I did not think that this type of logic needed to be put into a blog post or words because I thought that society in general had decided long ago that you couldn’t buy happiness.  However, after being around some of my friends who are those type of ” Jones,’ ” I came to the realization that material possessions have not been De-prioritized as much as they should be.  Your possessions can never make you happy!  That job will never make you happy!  That significant other will never make you happy!  The only thing that will ever truly fill that void inside of you is God and living for Him.  Stop putting off living for Jesus and JUST DO IT already!  It really truly is the only meaning-filled life that you could ever ask for.  Living for a loving God and spreading goodness.  There is no higher calling.  Teaching people about the God who saves souls, and loves you unconditionally.  Embracing all the right things in life- goodness, kindness, humility, and patience etc…We all love those type of people who just exude goodness, or the ones in the movies who want to fight for what is right and conquer evil.  There is a reason we all find ourselves drawn to those personality types.  It is because we are meant to live that way.  We were born with that inherent desire to choose right over wrong, and love others.  God and Jesus are the way to that life!

Verses for study:

John 14:6, Romans 2:14-15, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Romans 12:1-5

In conclusion, we are and have always been a part of the most epic story ever told- Good vs. Evil.  You are either on God’s side or the worlds.  There is no in between.  There is no lukewarm.   You were always meant to step in and be a hero for God’s Kingdom, and allow Him to work in your life and through your life.  If you want the ultimate adventure, the good life, or to make it count, then ask God what to do, and He will answer.  He is always faithful to answer heartfelt/ sincere prayers.

Learning and Growing: Avoid the Pothole of Complacency

In as much as I share lessons with my readers, I am learning them myself at the same time.  Sometimes, I find myself up against Spiritual walls where I know that something is wrong, but I cannot quite put my finger on what it is stirring in my soul.  During these moments, I talk to friends when I should turn to God in prayer first.  His answer and insight should be the one I seek first ( I get that wrong a lot).  Today, from a dream I had last night, I researched “on the fence” which immediately makes verses like the the Lukewarm church in Revelation 3 come to my mind.  In turn, this led me to research complacency.  I ended up studying two sermons- one on Sermon Central about stepping over the fence (or wall) that holds you back from knowing God more, and one on Crosslife’s website that talks about complacency.  I have talked about Jesus lessons before, and for first time readers- let me explain: a Jesus lesson is something I describe as coming from life events that you may have thought were not even related, or perhaps arbitrary thoughts that you blew off because you were “overthinking.”  In my experience, when you are truly learning from Jesus, there is this point that culminates after several thoughts where Jesus just teaches you this huge lesson, and everything that happened in the last few days- verses that friends quoted, arbitrary thoughts (that were not arbitrary), and random verses that flashed through your head- were really God’s small voice trying to get your attention.  ( Don’t worry I miss these messages a lot because I am a dummy).  Now understand that this article brought all these thoughts together from like the last week or so.  I was feeling like I am just  not doing what I am supposed too, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was wrong- I was still doing the normal routine, and accomplishing little things, and trying to cuss less than yesterday and still thinking about my blog and business, but that was the problem- I was THINKING not DOING.  Faith requires work- it is one of our jobs, and it all just kind of culminated into a huge lesson with this article.  I had become complacent.

http://www.crosslifeministries.org/blog/2014/8/25/mvj05prcsd2czktqbkmqkxxz4y48gy

I hope this reaches you the same way it did me, or at least makes you want to study the theme of complacency.  What was amazing to me was seeing Rev. 3 in it, CS Lewis’s Screwtape letters mentioned (which i has arbitrarily been contemplating reading), and even see Psalm 46:10 mentioned- which was a verse a friend sent me 3 days ago as encouragement.  Why do I find this so amazing you ask?  Because all of the random events were not random at all, only a Divine Teacher like Jesus and the Holy Spirit could coordinate random events to coincide into a random 1 in a 1000 sermons found online that was found simply because I had a dream about helping children climb over a fence, and felt like I should research it.  As it turns out things were not random at all, but it was God the entire time.  He truly works in mysterious ways.

Alice in Wonderland and Life’s Journey

When I was a child, I loved Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz.  Those were my favorite movies, and I can honestly say that I still love Wizard of Oz and all of its spinoffs on the story.  I love the Adventure of the Movies and how the heroine grows.  Now Alice In Wonderland, I probably need to go watch again as I have not seen it in a very long time.  However, last night I had a dream where I ended up in a very confusing place, and the whole dream-scape had an Alice in Wonderland Vibe.  So really , I just started researching the “Biblical Significance of Alice in Wonderland,” and I came across this neat website and article that really had several of my dream elements in it, and it just made sense….I wanted to share that article with you today and I hope you have time to go read it!

https://www.seekingwonderland.org/parable.html