Have you ever had a dream that messed you up?
I mean, REALLY messed you up! I have had dreams that have left me saying "what was that all about?" We're talking dreams that would make Jim Morrison proud, complete with congressmen in tutus (don't ask)! The thing is, dreams in the night can be attributed to eating the wrong thing before bedtime.
The dreams that God gives us cannot be dismissed so easily. Whether you have a dream to become an artist, carpenter or a congressman (without the tutu), there are just times when your dream does not make sense. So what do YOU do when a dream doesn't make sense? How do you interpret the dreams you have when things just don't seem kosher?
Too often we interpret the obstacles in our lives as roadblocks to our God-given dreams in life, but nothing could be further from the truth! God's word teaches us that bad circumstances are the incubator of God's promises in your life. God-dreams are meant to be interpreted in the midst of adversity and it is adversity that will bring a God-dream to maturity. This is why James could say "...when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy." (James 1) He realized that God-dreams require faith which only grow as it is tested. A friend of mine always used to say, "You'll never know that you have faith, until you are in a good fight." He was right.
How does this post help you look at your current circumstances?
Are there places you have been misinterpreting the dreams God has given you?
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
All of us have had a nightmare or two that had us rattled...These scary dreams are based in our most primal fears and they can stop us cold. In time, however, we can usually shake off the fear and get back into the swing of things knowing that the nightmare is not our reality.
But what happens when our nightmares ARE our reality? Many of us live in nightmarish fear that our mistakes will catch up to us. Whether it was a bad decision, a broken relationship or abuse that stunted our development in life, these nightmares can kill us slowly with no hope of recovery.
The word of God teaches us how to deal with debilitating fear in our lives. This past weekend, we took a look at what happens when nightmares become reality. There is a remedy found in God's word that can set us free from fear as we give control of our lives over to the Dream Giver.
II Timothy 1:7 says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind."
I John 4:18 says "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear."
God is love, and so the bottom line is that fear cannot control you when God does...
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