I had a dream the other week that I thought was quite funny. In my dream someone was showing me an old-fashioned mercury thermometer surrounded by wood. On the bottom of the thermometer was the word hell and on the top of the thermometer was the word heaven. There was a line on the thermometer. The line was not static but kept dipping and rising. I immediately knew that the line stood for my spiritual life and where I was at in my walk with God. Let me put it this way:
My feet were were not on fire but neither was my head in the clouds. I seem to be fluctuating in and out of worldliness, at least this was my impression. God's sense of humor delights me and I got a good laugh out of this dream. I think I have my work cut out for me, though :)
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
Where are your children?
A treasury of graces I have poured upon you, but you have turned your back on the Author of Life and in your pride your once great country lies in ruins.
Fallen! Fallen! Is Babylon the great!
Your streets run red with the blood of the innocent.
Blood on your hands!
A leader of the nations I appointed you.
No more! Enough I say!
A bowl of wrath I pour upon you.
You have been weighed and found wanting.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me the courage to print this word.
Utterly Thine, O Lord.
Depart, depart, come forth from there,
touch nothing unclean!
Out from there! Purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord. Is. 52:11
We can follow the world or we can follow Him. You can't have it both ways. Those who think that they can are in for a shock. Yes, we are all sinners...but there is a world of difference between sinners who turn toward his mercy and sinners who turn away from it. Jesus wants to save us all, He died on the cross for every single one of us. He will never turn away from anyone who sincerely asks for His mercy. But many don't believe they need His mercy and others believe they are good enough already. We ALL need grace and healing and this comes from The Divine Physician. He purifies us and this can hurt, but the pain is only temporary - Heaven is forever.
Before my conversion, the Lord hedged me in. Any path that I took that did not lead to Him was filled with roots, brambles and thorns. I stumbled and fell headfirst into them most of the time. The roots were the seven deadly sins. The brambles and thorns were the rotten fruit these bore.
These are the seven capital sins:
The world is filled with these. Many don't even consider them sins any more. I will be writing more about them in a later post.
The first couple months after the return of the prodigal daughter [that would be me :) ] were very hard. I was frightened and unsure of what the Lord expected of me. I knew He had a plan for me but I didn't know what it was. I was afraid He would ask something huge of me that I would be unable to deliver. I realize now how silly that was. No one expects a newborn to get up and walk, and The Father certainly didn't expect this of me. Rather, He carried me. I attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar and the Lord had a " word " for me: "My strength is made perfect in weakness." I remember feeling so relieved by this word. The truth of it rang through me.
Well, I am not an old man but I certainly dream dreams. I call them Holy Spirit dreams and the Lord gave me this gift shortly after my conversion. These dreams are so powerful that I could not ignore them even if I tried. And I have tried [sorry, Lord.] There are times when I've tried to forget them and just go back to sleep but this doesn't work. One night He gave me the same dream 3 times [and woke me up after each one] until I said " O.K., Lord I will give this person the message." He has even spelled out letters in my head after waking up if I didn't understand something in the dream. I will be writing about some of these dreams on this blog as I believe they are pertinent to the times we live in.
He has also given me what I call "words" from him. One of the reasons I called this blog Out of Babylon is because of a word I have received from Him. He is calling his people out of Babylon [the world, worldliness.] I will write more on this word in my next post.
" It will come to pass in the last days," God says,
"that I will pour out a portion of my spirit
upon all flesh.
Your son's and your daughters
your young men shall see visions,
your old men shall dream dreams."
This blog is about the Holy Spirit and the work he does in and through us. Jesus promised that he would not leave us orphans and through him we are adopted and brought into the family of God. Gal. 3:6 says,
As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" What an amazing gift this is! I have a blog called "Abba's way", here is a link for those who want to check it out http://heavenlyhand.blogspot.com/ .