"Job 33:14-15King James Version (KJV)
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;"
Man has always been fascinated by dreams. The interpretation of them across cultures and nations spans back as far as recorded history. Today, I would like to explore the significance of dreams in context of how they may influence and impact your life. As a Christian, I believe that God not only reconciles us from our sinful separation from him into his family, but God also speaks to us through this established relationship. Understanding the ways that God speaks to us can be quite the learning curve it seems, but as we continue to commune with him through bible study, prayer and supplications, our sensitivity to his voice becomes clearer. This said, in our exploration of how God communicates with us I would like to explore one way identified as communication through dreams. (continued)
Bringing God into the Equation:
Give your best in spite of the difficulty of how things may seem sometimes. God did not tell you that once you have decided to serve him your way would be without challenges. He told you that he would be with you always. He also told you to fear not. In some fashion he told you to do the work of the ministry. Now there are some that feel they should deviate this course to avenge all unrighteousness however let me encourage you today by reminding you that we are not in a world left to our own devices. God is in fact amongst us and actively involved...
The expression of a lifestyle change begins with an encounter that directly transforms our way of engaging life experiences. Unlike other things an encounter with God is a transformation process that does not merely deter you like an aversion or a manipulation might. God actually imparts to you abilities that empower you to engage life with a whole different set of competencies. Like other things, our confidence in God influences how we think, the decisions we make, and how we act in life. This said, You discover you have gifts after you truly believe in the one who has given them to you. For example, an employer may hire a person to do a management job, but the person only becomes a true manager after they have accepted their role as manager and begun to operate in the duties of a manager. The Bible tells us that God lead captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. (Ephesians 4:8) You discover the range of your gifts when you believe that ...
Why is the first thought seemingly always rejection?
It's funny how when you see something that has the word "God" in it how a person can automatically feel like they don't measure up. They instantly span through all the really mean or less than honorable stuff they did in their lives and distance themselves from anything that would remotely remind them of the life choices they were not proud of. They reject the notion that answers, resolution, peace could be found with God before they attempting to see the benefits of trying. Human is human. Everybody makes mistakes and if you've lived long enough you'll realize that we need a savior for the very reasons that try to discourage us from seeking him. On some occasions I think that we can be so hard on ourselves that we don't really embrace the fact that we deserve the best just as much as anyone else does. Whether self punishment, or fatalistic thinking...I think that the message God makes to us in Christ's salvation message is
Calvin L. Smith, MA, LPC
Calvin is a licensed Christian Counselor. He received his first masters degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University.
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