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The Human “Race”

Run in such a way as to get the prize…. a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24- 25)

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Nearly All Roads Lead to Rome

In times past, all roads led to Rome, the center of civilization. These days, with advances in technology and transportation, people from every corner of the earth can access societal hubs of knowledge and culture with the smallest effort.

Generation Z are natural multitaskers. They know how to process things alone yet are super aware of what is happening around them.  If you were born after Nine Eleven, you are uniquely prepared to navigate to the destination called Life.

The journey to Life is like a road race but we are not competing against people or pursuing knowledge. Dimensions of time and distance are also irrelevant. This race involves an intriguing web of revelation, perseverance, faith and obedience.

 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)

I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. (Psalm 119:32 NIV)

…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV)

Signs of the Times

It is natural to question where we are headed when we cannot see past the curve in the road. Gen Z-ers are not bothered by blind spots. They immediately tap into GPS to survey the entire landscape. Likewise, God gives us spiritual pointers- Scripture, prophecy, dreams and visions, wise counsel, and open doors – to navigate around barriers and boundaries. Computers can fail, but God cannot because he already sees the future. He will move a mountain if necessary. These are some “signposts” commonly seen in dreams and visions:

A fork in the road gives us an opportunity to “hear” God tell us which way to go (Isaiah 30:21).

The ring around the mountain always leads us back to the starting point. After the second or third or seventh time around, we need no more convincing that it is time for change!

The bridge to somewhere is a bypass or time-saver. For example, the wrong turn that causes us to escape a multi-car pileup, or the chance encounter who becomes a life partner, or a failed interview that forces us to wait for a promotion.

The wilderness trail grows progressively narrow and veers off into the boonies or a desert with no other soul in sight. These are designated times we must travel alone with the Lord. Smart devices do not work on this trail. If we keep looking back to past comforts, moving forward will be difficult. (Israel yearned for the onions and leeks they left behind in Egypt). We must choose to trust God above the voice of the enemy who always tries to get us to quit the trail. God is with us and His Words never fail.

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Then there are those bright lights, big cities teeming with life, beckoning us to take in their sights. While entertainment breaks are necessary and refreshing we must be ready when the Holy Spirit, our trusted Friend, gently nudges us on. Distractions hinder us from hearing God. He speaks to us whether we are listening are not, and He speaks about Righteousness, Justice and Life.

Detours can lure us off track and cause delay. For example: That fantastic idea that sounds like sheer genius but is not God’s Will for us. Charismatic personalities who convince us to leave our trail to join theirs. When we twist an ankle or stub a toe, we can limp on. However, real danger comes from bigger detours, such as deception, misplaced trust, a false prophecy or a compromising relationship. These can take us far off course, but the Lord does not let go of us easily.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)

Ever watchful, God sometimes allows us to discover safe boundaries by trial and error.

Roadmaps and GPS devices are beneficial when we read them correctly, and God’s Voice will guide us to our destination. Some find it helpful to meditate on Scriptures or worship, then: Stop, look and listen. Wait quietly.

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When we are quite “disconnected” from other sources and worry, we can see the Holy Spirit work like a master librarian. He skillfully retrieves and brings to our remembrance Scripture, dreams, revelation or wise counsel from where they have been stored in our Spirit, to strengthen us and give us the direction we are seeking.

Safe Travels

In ancient times, travelers journeyed together in caravans for safety because bandits often preyed on the vulnerable and the weak. We also face challenges on our trail. Dark clouds on the horizon are obvious to interpret, but sometimes danger comes in the smallest of packages. Murder hornets, mosquitoes, and viruses are not unlike the stinging words, bad attitudes, and offenses that sneak in to wound the heart.

As pathways converge, the road can grow crowded with family, companions and coworkers. Trail relationships are complicated. Without fail, stuff happens. Forerunners sprint ahead, some lag behind and others get distracted and quit. Covenant brings people together and conflicts part the best of friends.

The Apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas had such a sharp disagreement over John Mark that they decided to part company (Acts 15:37-39). Still, the Holy Spirit used them to spread the gospel on the different paths that they traveled. Some trails intersect again later to fulfill a common destiny or purpose. Others, like parallel lines, never meet.

God sees far ahead and warns us repeatedly when we are going off track, and dreams and visions are just one of the ways He might communicate.

For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night …He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword. (Job 33: 14-15, 18, NKJV)

We need to be armed for our spiritual journey, but runners cannot afford to be weighed down. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our armor of Light. Angels to fight for us as we pray, and our mighty weapons are the Word of God, and Praise and Worship.  As we “put on Christ” daily, our strides will be secure with shoes of Peace.

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The End of the Trail

Wonderful rewards await faithful runners. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to finish the race to receive the Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:7-8).

Those who persevere through great trials or lose their lives for their faith are promised the Crown of Life. (James 1:12, Revelation 2:10). Even greater crowns are granted to those who help others to finish their race! 

Let’s choose to believe God… He’s waiting for us at the finish line! Amen.

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables, Prophecy

Hindsight is 2020: When D comes before C

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It was a very strange exam. The question was verbal. I listened then wrote the answer in a short paragraph. Later, my instructor handed me my graded paper. I scanned her lengthy red-inked critique without reading any of it and focused on the large handwritten “C2.” A second C grade for the semester?! My heart sank. When I awakened, I could not remember the question, my answer or the critique; only the big red C2.

This dream was seen several years ago, but I remember it well. After some time, I learned that C2 was not a rating of my performance as a student. The Holy Spirit (the instructor in the dream), in His parabolic style of speaking, was instructing me to “see more.” (2 in this context means multiplication).

It’s often said that “Seeing is believing!” But Jesus says we are blessed if we believe before we see (John 20:29). This requires faith.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We walk by faith, not by [natural] sight. Faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence [certainty] of things not seen. (Romans 10: 17, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). Square brackets added for clarity.

To “see more” in the Kingdom of God means to exercise more faith, and faith increases when we “hear” God’s Words. If what we “see” is based on what we “hear” we will want to be sure that we are hearing correctly. Faith will not come to us by listening to the mainstream media or op-eds, which neither reflect the mind of God nor His plans. (God has revealed that at some time in the future, parts of the media will be reshaped to support His agenda; others will become defunct). No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11b), and we also have His Word.

2020 was prophesied to be a year of clarity and vision (20/20). But in the natural, it’s been difficult to understand. From the tragic losses associated with COVID19, to the devastating wildfires on the West Coast, to the repetitive battering of hurricanes, to the rioting and arson in the streets, or other unexpected challenges; people have complained that this has been quite an extraordinary year.

When we look beyond the natural and what we hear in the news, what does faith “see”? Everything God said this year would be, will be. Faith tells us that God’s promises always supersede whatever difficulties we may experience or see.

A few hours ago, I heard: Hindsight is 20/20 (2020). I think this means that we will look back and “see” (understand) things we did not before.

Holy Spirit also brought to mind another riddle He spoke some years ago, “When D comes before C.” This is an example of God’s dark speech (dark in this context means hidden) Numbers 12:8.

In the English language C is a homonym for “see.” Some Ds that may come before we “see” or understand are: difficulties, delay, disappointment, discouragement, darkness, defeat, distress, denial, disillusionment, destruction, dissatisfaction, depression and the dictionary lists so many more. (Sorry D, such a bum rap! But, you do have destiny and deliverance).

Some Cs that follow Ds are: Contentment, courage, compassion, calling, covenant, commission, creativity, commitment, counsel, conviction, and correction (yes, correction is a very good thing).

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Then the Lord reminded me about another dream riddle “Joshua in D.” It was a colorful and exciting dream with dancing cheerleaders on roller skates, wearing jersey tops and short skirts. The front of each jersey displayed a single upper case letter.

The cheerleaders assembled and disassembled to spell words. They spelled out the phrase: “JOSHUA IN D”.

This riddle was not like guessing Rumpelstiltskin’s name, but I had to draw on several clues and other dreams to figure out the Lord meant Joshua’s commissioning in Deuteronomy 31:7. Joshua faced real giants and the message of the dream was similar. Be strong and courageous and take the land, regardless of what Ds you encounter! (The full dream is decoded in my book).

Are you experiencing a test in the midst of Ds? Hang in there! When the 20/20 hindsight manifests, the exam will be past and passed. In the meantime, we are to:

(1) Listen to God (not naysayers) and
(2) Do what he tells us to with all our might.

Ds create unprecedented opportunities for God to do amazing things. Joshua defeated the invincible walled city of his day, Jericho. Isaac obeyed God’s instructions to farm in the midst of a famine, and silenced his enemies and critics when his crops yielded a 100-fold increase! (Joshua 5, 6, and Genesis 26:12)

How I love when King David testified of God’s faithfulness through the difficult days. He said:

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27: 13-14, NKJV)

How things look to you in the new year will depend on your perspective. Going from 20/20 to 20/25 to 20/30 usually means worsening vision. (The top number is what you can see at 20 feet, and the bottom number means that others can see the same thing from 25 or 30 feet away). But in God’s Kingdom, vision grows sharper and brighter for those who place their trust in God and His Word. We walk by faith even when things look good. As the calendar flips to 2021 and beyond, let’s remember that God acts independently of circumstances and He always keeps His Word.

When D comes first, take heart dear friends, that C will surely follow! Amen.