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Archive for March, 2013

Wake Up Your Dreams

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Walt Kallestad in his book, Wake Up Your Dreams, wrote, “Dreams can help us see the invisible, believe the incredible, and achieve the impossible.” Jesus was a builder of dreams and visions. Walt Kallestad also expressed how Jesus allowed people to fulfill their dreams in his following statements,

  • Blind people who dreamed to see saw.
  • Deaf people who dreamed to hear heard.
  • Crippled people who dreamed to walk walked.
  • Hungry people who dreamed to eat ate.
  • Lonely people who dreamed of friends found friends.
  • Anxious people who dreamed of peace found peace.
  • Addicted people who dreamed of transformation were transformed.
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What Do You See?

A village chief lay dying and wanted to choose a successor. He called his three sons and told them, “Sons, I am about to go to the place of the departed spirits and I must first choose one of you to be the next chief of this village. I want you to go to the yonder mountain, climb it, and bring me something from the mountain. Hurry because I will soon die. Life is quickly passing from me.”

The three sons hurried off to the mountain and individually began to climb it. After a couple of days the first son came and stood before the aged chief. He said, “Father, I have climbed high on the mountain and I have brought you a tree limb.” The chief asked him to go and wait for the return of the other two sons. Several days passed when the second son returned to the father. “Father, I have climbed high on the mountain and have gone above where the trees are. I have brought you a rock from the mountain,” he stated, visibly tired from the journey.

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It seemed like a long time and the third son had not returned. Finally, he came and appeared before his father. “Father,” he began, “I have climbed high on the mountain. I have gone above where the trees are, and have climbed to the top. From the top of the mountain I could see far into the distance. I could see the river flowing, and smoke rising from distant huts. I saw the beauty of God’s creation. However, my dying father, I have nothing in my hand to bring you.” The old chief whispered, “You, my third son will lead my people because even though you have nothing in your hand to bring me, you do have something in your heart.”

What do you see?
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Praising God in Difficult Times

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Job, a perfect and upright man in the Old Testament lost everything he owned including his ten children. However, he knew how to praise the Lord in difficult times. He said, “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). “Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). In the end the Lord rewarded Job with twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).

We need to be like Job, who said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him: but I will maintain my own ways before him” (Job 13:15).

We do not worship God because of our trials, but we worship God in spite of them. We do not praise God for our tragedies, but we praise God in them. Like Job, we hear God speak to us out of the storm (Job 38:1).

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Three Progressive Steps of Hearing from the Spirit

John the Beloved was on the Isle of Patmos when the Spirit began to talk to him. In Revelation 1:10 he wrote, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” Notice the three progressive steps here in this verse.

  1. I was in the Spirit
  2. On the Lord’s Day
  3. And heard

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What a difference it would make if everyone started being in the Spirit on the Lord ’s Day, and expected to hear from God. By the way, the Lord ’s Day doesn’t have to be reserved for Sunday. It can be any day; every day. He is ever ready to speak and show us great things. Many times we begin to operate in the flesh instead of relying on God to speak. “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3). We must begin, and stay in the Spirit. “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).

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