Posted in Destiny, Dream Interpretation, Parables

The Scrolls of Life

Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me” Psalm 40:7 (NKJV)

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If your life were a book, what genre would it be?

The Bible reveals that each person’s life is “written” by God before he or she is “knitted together” in the womb. A life story that contains every opportunity we will ever have: our birth date, when we will draw our last breath, where we will live, who we will marry, and what we will create or accomplish. This could only be accomplished by an Author who has seen our end from our beginning. One that has numbered our days (Psalm 139:15-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Acts 17:26). Each scroll or book is unique, no two alike.

Where are these Scrolls?

The Bible tells us, indirectly. God the “Word” became flesh and lived among us as the man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Bible is the written version of this living Word (Jesus). It’s not just a history book, but a detailed account of the supernatural God and how he relates to mankind.

Similarly, each person has a written version of his or her life on a Scroll of destiny authored by God. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive His Spirit who reveals to us that our lives are hidden in Him. We no longer exist as separate entities. Our written life Scrolls are hidden in Jesus, the Word and we gain access to the Life that is in Him. This “Life” is spiritual Light, a force with written “codes”, frequencies, instructional blueprints and designs which transform us to be like Jesus. (John 1:12, Romans 8:29, 1 John 4:17b, 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 139: 13-16)

Each of our individual Scrolls is codified and hidden in the Scriptures (Jesus the Word), until we come to the knowledge of Christ. It is in Him (Jesus) that we live and move and exist. (Colossians 3:3, Acts 17:28)

Is the Bible Code real?

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Hidden messages have been unraveled through what is commonly known as the Bible Code (or Torah Code).

Letter characters at specific intervals mysteriously spell out names, words and associated events.

The cryptic Bible Code confirms the present and past with amazing accuracy: names, dates, and events. Yet, the Code is more than mere words identified by supercomputers, and more complex than can be understood by the most brilliant minds. The Bible is so complex that it has been discarded as nonsense or treated merely as a historical compilation of religious writings. But could these words contain the codex of life?

We may recognize that words manifest as sound; soundwaves are made up of light frequencies. God tells us that His Light is the Life of men (John 1:4), and His Word is Life and can heal our bodies! (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Can we “read” our life story before we live it?

The Scriptures teach us how to live godly, fruitful lives, but God alone knows the future and He reveals what He chooses, when and to whom. No man, angel or the devil, can accurately predict the future because God hides the codex of Life and the pathways to destiny and the future.

God strictly forbids all forms of divination: which leads to loss, death and destruction.(Deuteronomy 18:14, 2 Kings 21:6). In contrast, God’s will for us is life and abundance. He calls us to a pathway of hope, full of light and growing ever brighter. (John 10:10; Proverbs 4:18)

God speaks to us about destiny through spiritual dreams, visions and prophecies.

Visions are clear snapshots about our scripted destination or God’s plans for us, while dreams are parabolic clues or signposts to aid us on the journey.

Parables hide information in plain sight, and serve to protect us from destiny-thieves (the world, our flesh, and the devil). The parabolic “language” in dreams must be interpreted and no one grasps the full meaning until in hindsight.

The “choice” to surrender.

Being a child of God does not mean we automatically do His Will as “it is written.” In His sobering Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about some “believers” who will do wonderful and generous things, only to be rejected at the end. Why? They chose their own will above God’s will. (Matthew 7: 21-23)

We may use our gifts and talents liberally, but our destinies will never be fulfilled without supernatural guidance. The Holy Spirit “interprets” the complexities of the “script” and gives us understanding, but we must “choose” to embrace His Word and His way. To help rid us of hindrances and distractions (our good intentions, our preferences, our rights), He often leads us off the beaten path to a wilderness where we will find it easier to hear Him.

It is written.

How did David, a shepherd boy, grow up to be a great king? It was written.
And how did Joseph, the son of Jacob, transition in one hour from prisoner to Vice President of Egypt? It was written.

God clearly tells us how to fulfill our destinies written in the “scrolls of the book” of Life: We are to do His will and obey His Word to accomplish what is written of us.

Psalm 40: 7-8 says, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

We may read and pray the Holy Scriptures and declare like Jesus, “It is written.” Praying in the Spirit (often called Praying in Tongues) yields prayers perfectly aligned with God’s Will, because only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God (1 Cor 2:11).

The Lord may also lead us to pray what He shows us through dreams, visions, and God-inspired imaginations. As we daily agree with and “call into being” what God has written about us (Romans 4:17), submit to God’s Word and resist the enemies of our destiny, we fulfill what is written in the Scrolls.

Can you miss your destiny?

We must choose wisely. One wrong choice can be very costly. God knows every good or bad influence we will face and every right or wrong choice we will ever make. He spares no effort to help us to arrive at our destination and assigns His angels to help us along the way. But those who willfully reject God after they have known Him, “forsake their own Mercies.” (Jonah 2:8)

Some have not yet met the Lord, but will. Others desire to meet Him… but later. They detest the ‘wilderness” or refuse to disentangle from the lure of this world or delay until they are old or sick. How unwise this is. Who can predict when the end will come?

We all venture off track at times, but repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness bring us back to God’s will. Still, some worry that they have gone too far off script or have completely missed their destinies. If that describes you, please read Stepping Stones to Destiny.

All the World’s a Stage

When the great English playwright and poet William Shakespeare wrote:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

He was not far from the truth. Our scripts have been written by the Author of Life and our audience is “a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1-2). We have each been “cast” to “read” the script and play our individual roles until the final curtain. May it be as “it is written.” Amen.

Posted in Destiny, Discernment, Dreams, Prophecy

Doorways to Change and Transition

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After her impressive rendition of a Whitney Houston classic and she was crowned Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh was asked if she planned to showcase her beautiful voice professionally. Her response piqued my interest because the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about doors: If the door opens… I will walk through it.

Open doors bring opportunities for change and transition. In the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation in the Bible, the Apostle John saw a door “open in heaven, and he heard a voice say “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” The timeless portal he entered and the things he witnessed had to be stranger than those in episodes of Doctor Who!

Things looked pretty hopeless when in all of heaven, the earth and under the earth, absolutely no one was found worthy to open or even to decode the scrolls containing the events of life! No one, that is, except the Lamb of God (Lord Jesus)! This was the crowning moment. John finally understood the magnitude of the sacrifice made by his Lord and Friend on behalf of every tribe and tongue and people and nation extending from the heavens to under the earth. Without this Revelation of Jesus Christ, John would not have been able to understand the astonishing events he saw for the future. Jesus instructed John to “…Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” (1:19, 5:4-5 NKJV)

Doors (or gates) seen in dreams and visions may look like portals, ladders, revolving doors, skylights, trap doors, or even parting clouds. Doorways can be obscured by a privacy wall (similar to airport bathrooms), a hedge or a large rock. In C S Lewis’ first installment of his much beloved The Chronicles of Narnia, the doorway to that kingdom was inside an old wardrobe.

Sometimes there is no obvious doorway; still, the dream or vision could show us transition or access something new through a tunnel, or down a hallway, or across a bridge, or up an elevator. We might discern subtle changes in ambient lighting from dark to light (or vice versa). Transition lighting often marks the start or end of a transition period or a change of seasons in life.

Getting past a locked door requires a “key” unless an angel comes to unlock it (as occurred in Acts 5:19)! However, Isaiah 30:18 tells us the Lord longingly waits for us until we learn to wait for Him! Sometimes we simply need to ask or knock or worship for a door to spring open (Matthew 7:7-8, Acts 16:25-26).

Some dreams give us a choice between two or more doors. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for every circumstance of life, but a wise rule of thumb is to walk through the open door (rather than kick down one that is shut). An open door typically leads to another open door, to another until we arrive at our Destiny.

When multiple doors spontaneously open to us, we could feel like we’ve hit the jackpot. But one will usually be a better choice than others. The right door might not necessarily look glamorous or open the widest. Remember, the pathway to the Kingdom of Light is narrow and less traveled. My dream shared here reflects this:

DREAM: “It was getting dark outside when I squeezed through a narrow entrance to a rather plain looking home where I lived. There were several large beds outside which prevented the front door from opening outwards fully. Inside the house was exceedingly well-lit and beautiful and my roommates were British (U.K.) royals!

INTERPRETATION: Through this dream, the Holy Spirit reinforced knowledge that the Way into His Kingdom (U.K. symbol, Rev. 1:6, ) is through intimacy with the King (beds/bedrooms symbolize intimacy). It will become more evident to me (change of ambient lighting, a time of transition) that things of the Kingdom of Light are not typically attractive-looking to this world nor easily accessed. 1 Peter 2:9 summarizes the entire dream.

Interpreting symbols in our dreams helps us to uncover instructions. We can also find answers through Bible reading, prayer and communion with the Lord, or by reviewing an earlier dream, because the Holy Spirit speaks to us repeatedly; He knows how easily we get distracted!

He opens and no one will shut, and He shuts and no one opens.” Jesus revealed that He is the Door [of doors], and He has the Key that unlocks and locks (John 10: 7, Revelation 3: 7-8). As we enter a New Year and decade, let us be watchful and discerning for His guidance to transition …from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Amen!

(Resource: Parables, Dreams & Encounters) www.chozehconnections.com

Posted in Destiny, Dreams, Prophecy

Stepping Stones to Destiny

You number my steps (Job 14:16)

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Have you ever asked yourself, What are God’s Plans for me? Will I fulfill my destiny?

We have a heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave great consideration to how He created each of us. We were created in our Father’s heart to be revealed in this earth at the time of His choosing. He even decided when and where we should live.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings ” (Acts 17:26).

Our very wise God does not reveal everything He wants us to know about our lives all at once, and for good reason. We can see this illustrated in the life of Jesus.

What Jesus came to fulfill was “written” about His life long before He was born as a baby in Bethlehem. One such prophesy is found in Psalm 40: 7 which states:

“Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

We also know that by the tender age of 12, Jesus was already aware that He was called to God’s service. “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” He asked His very puzzled parents who had just spent three days looking for him! (Luke 2:49)

Yet, as the time approached for Jesus to go to the cross to bear the punishment for the sins of all mankind, He grew quite sorowful (Matthew 26:37-38). He was pre-destined for great suffering, but clearly that knowledge would have been too weighty for a 12 year-old. Jesus’ destiny was revealed to Him step by step by the Holy Spirit.

Likewise, there are details about our lives written on “scrolls” of destiny that unfold with purpose and accuracy and timing. We soon recognize that there are things we were passionate about yesterday that we have little interest in today. How our lives end may look quite different from how we began our journey because our yesterday was a stepping stone for today, just as our today will help us to transition to tomorrow.

Another example is seen in the life of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. He was a carpenter, and most likely the son of a carpenter (because sons usually assumed their fathers’ trades), but Joseph could not have guessed that his greatest assignment would be to protect the Christ child! God unfolded Joseph’s destiny to him through dreams and visions, one step at a time.

Some people feel confident about their steps because they have learned obedience and self-discipline and have enjoyed great success. While others may harbor regrets about some of their choices and decisions. Look no further than Moses who committed murder at age 40 in Egypt, and ran away to hide in the desert. He was pretty sure he had blown things. Still, God had chosen him to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. At the age of 80, an older and wiser Moses was beyond surprised to learn that he was still the man selected for the job!

King David, beloved by God as a man after God’s own heart, committed some serious missteps that could surely have disqualified him from his destiny. But, David was quick to ask God’s forgiveness, and doing this set him back on track. Turning back to God (repentance) and seeking His forgiveness each time we veer off-track is a crucial step to ensure we arrive at our destinies.

Be encouraged, dear friend that nothing you have walked through has been a waste of time or without meaning. Chances are you are much wiser today than you were yesterday from the things you have experienced or learned. The Bible states that he or she who has been forgiven much, loves so much more deeply. In fact, there is an ever flowing fountain of gratitude from the heart that has sought forgiveness from God, the same God who willingly gave the life of His Son to pay the price for our forgiveness.

When our destiny seems delayed it does not mean it has been denied. Let us turn to our Father in heaven who has already calculated every step and misstep we will ever take. Psalm 121 assures us of this. “He will not allow your foot to be moved.” God watches over our lives as much as He watches over His Word…every step of the way!